Interlaced in Jesse Macht’s melodies are an abundance of stories overflowing with passion, vulnerability, empathy and honesty. On September 23rd, 2014, the Los Angeles born and raised songwriter and singer will independently release his sophomore album, Suitcase Heart, produced by Nashville’s Justin “Uncle” Tockett (Marc Broussard, Eli Teplin). “I completely trust Justin and the artistic space he created with Suitcase Heart,” says Jesse. “He was able to access the sound that I have been hearing in my head for years, but couldn’t get out on my own.” The album was recorded at both Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Studios in Nashville, TN and Dockside Studios in Lafayette, LA.
Suitcase Heart is a product of Jesse Macht’s recent participation in ASCAP’s prestigious Lester Sill Songwriters Workshop. The album follows his 2012 debut solo release, Acts of Providence, which validated his switch to a solo career after leaving his former band, Burn Down The Mission. Now, feeling confident and comfortable in his journey, the new album has shown Jesse just how cathartic the recording process can be. Over a year ago, Jesse learned that he had an extra electric impulse in his heart that would turn on when his adrenaline would pump, such as when performing live. A normal heart rate after working out is around 160 BPM and his was at 260! Heart surgery fixed the problem, but six weeks later he went through an unexpected breakup. “Both my physical and my figurative heart were recovering from injury,” he says. Abruptly faced with his mortality and sense of direction as a man, Jesse says, “Suitcase Heart was my way of acknowledging the baggage that recently weighed on my heart.”
The album title, as well as the overall intention of each song, explore the idea that we carry our hearts full of the stories of our lives, and that we must constantly choose how and with whom we will share the value of what’s inside. “These are songs that, I hope, are generous, honest, and optimistic, although anchored in heartbreak,” he says. “Pain is what allows us to be more vulnerable and open, and realize we all are fighting our own demons.”
Much like legendary songwriters before him such as Neil Young and Gram Parsons, and modern day influences like Dan Wilson, Glen Hansard and Jon Brion, Jesse has proven his aptitude for storytelling. His music has been placed in many television shows and networks, as well as commercials, including The Voice, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Giuliana and Bill, Nickelodeon, Cymbalta and the MTV/E! cable catalogue. He’s also had numerous original songs placed in independent films such as James Franco’s Good Time Max and Kevin Nealon’s And They’re Off.
“For a collection of earnest, emotionally straightforward balladry, look no further than Jesse Macht’s Suitcase Heart.” — PopMatters
“‘Suitcase Heart’ suggests the powerful depths of the soul, and the quiet ways individuals may control their fate after tragedy. Macht displays charming vocals.” — Indie Shuffle
“The reason some critics compare [Macht to John Mayer] is that both seem on soul-searching quests as they explore life’s twists, turns through their music. The introspective style suits Mr. Macht’s smoothly expressive vocals that extend toward the higher range.” — Washington Times
“He has a soft, worn and wearied voice with notes of both hurt and hope that float across his melodies, occasionally rising to falsetto and always keeping the emotion on the surface.” — Roots and Branches
“The songs on Suitcase Heart have cool resilient qualities and sound very much like they were driven first and foremost by a love of music. These songs have heart and soul and they’re delivered with honesty and integrity.” — babysue
“He’s always been a musician capable of creating wonderful, memorable music, but something else special about Jesse that’s never been more evident than now is how he represents real artistry.” — Examiner.com
September 21 – Stageit.com
September 27 – San Diego, CA @ Adams Ave Street Fair
October 26 – Santa Monica, CA @ Harvelle’s
More dates TBA soon
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