Meet Max Jury, an Iowa singer-songwriter with soul

February 17, 2016
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“Max’s songs and musicianship conjure up so many of my favorite elements of country, soul, gospel and rock’n’roll. I can listen to his album on repeat,” says Mark Ronson. You should listen too.

Emerging singer-songwriter Max Jury is set to release his first full-length album on June 3 via Marathon Artists (via Kobalt Label Services). Listen to the album’s lead single “Numb” below.

Jury has been playing music and singing since childhood. Raised in a household of country, soul and classic rock, something shifted in him when he heard Neil Young in his early teens. He began to delve deeper into the country music that was the soundtrack to life growing up in Iowa—finding his way through George Jones, Willie Nelson to Gram Parsons, The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and contemporary artists like Lucinda and Wilco. With his teenage friends, he embraced the alternative indie of Elliott Smith, Pavement and Sebadoh. And from his parent’s love of classic soul, he found a link to D’Angelo and even hip-hop artists like Drake and The Weeknd.

“Jackson Scott turned up with his three cousins, and he became a huge part of the album,” explains July. “He works in the church, he lives in the sticks and he was the most amazing guitarist, one of the most effortless, genuine players I have ever heard. And his cousins sang like angels. Everything came right from the heart. It was a huge blessing.”

“Soul music and country might seem like different genres,” says Jury, ” but strip the arrangements away, and you find the same kind of songs and situations, dealing with matters of the heart.”

The new album follows Jury’s two 2014 EPs, Something In The Air and All I Want, which received widespread critical acclaim overseas. The Independent calls Jury “an old soul with a softly powerful voice born to tell stories,” while The Line of Best Fit hails his music as, “Dusty Americana tones shot through with orchestral wonderment: it’s incredibly captivating stuff.”

Last year, Jury toured extensively both stateside and abroad, including supporting dates with Lana Del Rey and Rufus Wainwright. Jury started recording the new album at Electric Lady Studios in New York City with Inflo (Alicia Keys and D’Angelo) however an unfortunate incident involving candle wax and Jimi Hendrix’s historic mixing desk led to Jury being ejected from the studio. He continued recording at a friend’s home studio in North Carolina. Jury wanted to maintain the gospel-soul bridge he was constructing to his own country roots and reached out to a director of music at a local church.

 

[From press release]