Jess Moskaluke: ‘Catch Me If You Can’ Album Review
Artist: Jess Moskaluke
Album: Catch Me If You Can
Label: MDM Recordings/ EMI Music Canada
2011 CCMA New Artist Showcase winner Jess Moskalukeshould not be underestimated when it comes to powerhouse vocals. She mixes that with a bubbly personality of sass and strength that shines through her music. Her latest EP, Catch Me If You Can, is the perfect example of that. Blending her pop and country roots, three of the eight tracks were produced by CCMA awarding-winner producer Mitch Merrett.
The young artist from Langenburg, Saskatchewan made her first trip to Nashville in 2010 has been going non-stop ever since. She has over 7,000,000 views on her YouTube page, opened for the likes of Dierks Bentley, and last fall went on a 45-city tour throughout the North America.
From front to back, Catch Me If You Can shows us that Moskaluke as one of the best young talents we’ve seen in a long time. The title track, which is currently at radio and spinning on CMT Canada, showcases the raw talent that she has from her top to bottom vocal range. Impressive.
‘Famous’ shows Moskaluke’s inner rocker-chick for a song that could very well be the next scorned woman’s anthem, as she tells the man who’s done her wrong – “I’m gonna make you famous and put your name in lights”.
‘Amen Hallelujah’ has been a Moskaluke hit over the last while, garnering over half a million views on YouTube. It also rocked several radio station playlists over the last year.
Another standout is the ballad ‘Derailed’ comes from the perspective of a girl who has regrets of how her relationship has turned out, “We let go, when we should have held on”.
Perhaps though, the real gem of the album is ‘Hardest Day’. An emotion-filled vocal on a song about her dad, who lost his battle with Multiple Sclerosis in 2006. The song begins with a quote from John Wayne, “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway”. Throughout every phrase that Moskaluke sings, you can almost feel her voice cry. The mark of a true performer and artist.
“All because of you there’s nothing I can’t face, even on my hardest day”.
I’m sure somewhere, Moskaluke’s dad is looking down proud of his little girl.