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219 South White Street

Wake Forest, NC 27587

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About Darren Jessee:

For someone as soft-spoken as North Carolina-based songwriter Darren Jessee, it might come as a surprise to learn that he has a gold record (in storage somewhere), a platinum record ("I never called them to get it"), and was part of a recent Grammy win ("someone told me they would mail me a certificate if I wanted…"). For years, though, he's managed that almost impossible feat of remaining both ubiquitous and out of the spotlight at once.

Since 2006, he's released four records under the name Hotel Lights, all while working as a drummer for a series of wildly acclaimed acts. He played drums for Sharon Van Etten in support of her celebrated 2014 release Are We There, and since 2016, he's been a member of the Durham-based band Hiss Golden Messenger, performing most recently on their 2017 Merge release Hallelujah Anyhow.

In 2017 he contributed to The War on Drugs' A Deeper Understanding, which won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. Before any of that, Jessee made his name as a member of the band Ben Folds Five, for which he co-wrote their biggest hit, "Brick."

With his new record, The Jane, Room 217 – Jessee's first as a solo artist – he's finally seen that through.

About Chessa Rich:

Chessa Rich is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in Durham, NC. A North Carolina native, Chessa moved back to the Triangle in 2013 and became a sought-after and reliable collaborator; adding keyboard, flute, and vocals to projects by NC artists including Skylar Gudasz, Body Games, T0W3RS, Josh Moore, Blue Cactus, Jesse Ainslie, and producer Jeff Crawford.

Five years of supporting artists across multiple genres has found Chessa Rich with something to say herself. Her anticipated solo material is a stunning synthesis of what she's learned from years of collaboration and the voice she's been discovering and developing through deep introspection.

Chessa weaves asymmetrical rhythms on keyboard and guitar with moving vocals that explore the cracks and spaces between moments and people. Influences from Radiohead, Shara Nova, and Fiona Apple come together to paint dream-like images that implore listeners to do less thinking and more feeling.

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