Carolina Music: "Humble Heart" - Carolina Country

“Humble Heart”

By Jess Ray

Photo: Sarah DeShield

Singer-songwriter Jess Ray sings about her desire to walk in love in her single, one of 12 original tracks from her new, sophomore album, “Parallels and Meridians.”

Other memorable songs include “You and I,” about not wanting to lose someone special, “Morning Sing,” about her connection to the Lord, and “Gallows,” about not letting the devil win. Accompanying musicians on the CD include Jacob Early (drums, vocals), Mason Self (drums, perc), Hitoshi Yamaguchi (cello, upright bass), Taylor Leonhardt (vocals) and Everette and Caroline Hardin (strings).

“Humble Heart” has familiar elements such as textured acoustics, weepy pedal steel and smooth, subtle harmonies, but the sensibility-driven lyrics venture more deeply into the spaces between people. Jess’s signature alto and brand of “friendly folk” resonates of her heartbreak, hope and joy with real-life authenticity.

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Based in Raleigh, Jess tours frequently. Learn more about Jess and her upcoming performances at, and find her music online, available from these services

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Comments (2)

  • Would love to have printed information because I have a memory limitation. Love this music. To know blue grass and jazz and ballads aren't disappearing means a lot. My mother grew up playing and singing with Doc Watson. Love your music keep it up.

    Elizabeth McCoy |
    April 30, 2022 |

  • Love old time music. I grew up with.

    Elizabeth McCoy |
    April 30, 2022 |

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