With her collective YouTube views to date just shy of 20,000,000, the past few years have been a whirlwind year for country songstress Jess Moskaluke (MDM Recordings Inc./EMI Music Canada), a Tyler Ward Featured Artist who rocked the stage on a 45-city tour with his camp throughout North America in 2011. A self-proclaimed night-hawk the road is her oyster; late night gigs and travel schedules do not faze this budding talent. Wearing her signature stilettos and sporting her long dark rocker-chic hair, she released the new title track single and video on June 4, 2012, “Catch Me If You Can” and the 8-track EP on September 4, 2012. An award-winning Canadian country singer/songwriter in her own right, she was recently crowned victor of the 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards New Artist Showcase. On November 4, 2012 her track “Go Big Or Go Home” was featured on the hit TV show Heartland.
John Wayne once said, “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway,” these words mean everything to Moskaluke. She can still hear her father sharing this, encouraging her as she contemplated what the future might hold. Sadly, he passed away in 2006 after a lengthy battle with Multiple Sclerosis, but his memory lives on in Jess’ music. Now years later, she is well on her way to a promising career with industry accolades, a new album release on the books and a rapidly growing fanbase. In reflection Jess shares, “My dad is my hero for teaching me how to be brave, and that being brave is not the absence of fear, but rather in the presence of fear possessing the ability to overcome these emotions and persevere.” An interesting aside, if it wasn’t for her parents support and encouragement, her future may have been very different as Jess states, “I would have been a parole officer!”
Her career began as a small town girl in Saskatchewan at the age of 15, entering local contests to share her music with the world, as so many aspiring artists do. Her debut single “Amen Hallelujah” rocked the Canadian radio airwaves and has received over a half a million views on YouTube. Defined by her powerful vocals, in Jess’ words the song is “a fun, up-tempo country song about what it’s like to finally find someone that you’re interested in and have an instant attraction to them. A very country-rock, as opposed to country-pop song, I like to mix it up a bit sometimes!” she says with a mischievous smile.
The journey has been a winding road, with many highlights in this young career. In 2005, Jess was awarded the title of “Most Promising Entertainer” at a local talent competition, and went on to win 2nd place the following year (in the same competition). Following this she placed in the Top 200 at the 2008 Canadian Idol competition. Unfortunately, she was unable to compete due to a severe case of laryngitis. The accolades continued as Jess was also the champion of the 2010 Painted Hand Idol and the 2010 620 CKRM Big Country Talent Search; the very same local competition that she entered a few short years ago in 2005. She capped off 2011 winning the Big Dog 92-7/Astral Media’s “The Next Big Thing” competition.
In June of 2010, Jess made her first trip to Nashville. It was on this trip that she was approached by Artist Development Agency and Publishing Company, Identical Entertainment. Her rich, edgy vocals and stunning beauty impressed the Identical team, and they immediately signed her to an artist development/publishing deal. When she is not on the road touring she splits her time between Canada and the US, writing in Nashville alongside the Identical team. In 2011 she continued to draw the attention of industry executives, and was signed to Canadian country music distributor and record label MDM Recordings Inc. Jess will release her debut EP later this year, a medley of pop- infused country tracks, produced by award-winning musician Mitch Merrett (CCMA 2007 Producer of the Year and Juno nominee). Fresh faced, bubbly and full of spirit, Jess is ecstatic to see what her musical future has in store. A sign of exciting things to come, she was chosen to represent Canada and perform at this summer’s Country Music Association (CMA) Global Artist Party at The Stage to help kick off CMA Fest 2012.