“I have seen this all before, it is all too, familiar. But you, don’t ever see the bottom of, my storehouses of love” – Jess Ray.
About a year ago or so, a friend of mine shared a tune from Jess Ray’s music catalog in my Facebook feed. Honestly, I can’t remember which song it was, but I do remember I was looking for an untypical sound from today’s worship scene– and that day, I found one. I have been a steady fan since. It is only proper then, that I also share her lyrics and music along a little further to bless other potential hearts. Like a bottle tossed on the sea, with a timely message of hope, is Jess Ray’s music. I call it “hope in a bottle“. Comfort for those maybe feeling lost at sea with an S.O.S tattooed or even scarred on their heart, needing a fresh reminder of who God truly is. Her music leads us to a sweet-reverent victory similar to what is found in 2 Corinthians 12:9. “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.“
The humility and depth of songs from Jess’s catalog like, “Humble Heart“, “Did Not Our Hearts Burn” (above), “24” and my personal favorite, “Come to My Senses” invite you into a desperate realization of a need of a Savior found. Her music seems to again and again direct us that it is ok to need a God who is much, much bigger than us, and there is true strength to be found in vulnerability. In brief remarks in the recent performance of “In The Meantime” below, Jess mentions and sings of solace and the peace to be found in God’s hands and accepting His perfect timing. I have to say I think her remarks in this video encompass a lot of what her music stands for. Hope and courage in the midst of facing fear or disappointment.
In trying to compare Jess Ray’s music, honestly I can’t think of many female Christian artists in comparison. (Which is what caught my ear initially). I will say that I believe her tracks are part of a greater singer/songwriter revival I believe is taking place in the acoustic music scene in general. Singers of the 60s and 70s like Jim Croce and Joni Mitchell come to mind. Those singer/songwriters who leave it all on the stage and stand for passion and true change. I believe Jess Ray, if not already, is heading toward that caliber of songwriting. Since we have the living Christ, and creator of all things living inside of us, Christians should rank among the most creative beings on earth anyway. So, if you’re looking for a tall cool drink of water and more tranquil worship music to download, please click the links below. -Joshua August, MCM