Jessica Smucker – Album Launch Show w/ St. Narcissus and Jake Lewis & the Clergy
New album launch from a Lancaster favorite
September 25, 2014 · 7:00pm
Lancaster’s Jessica Smucker returns to Tellus360 for the official release party of her new album, “Tumbling After.” Opening acts include Jake Lewis & the Clergy and Saint Narcissus.
Jessica Smucker never meant to become a serious songwriter. For much of her life, she sang for fun and dabbled on the piano, but her real passions were poetry and nonfiction writing. She published numerous poems and essays in magazines and journals during her twenties, but as time went by she increasingly found herself turning to the piano for relaxation. Moving her fingers over the keys seemed to draw out words from a different place within her – a deeper, yet more effortless place.
Once she had written a body of songs, it took her a few years to find the will and the courage to put them out into the world. Now, seven years into her music career, she still thinks of herself as a writer first – and a reluctant performer. But audiences experience her voice as a sincere and captivating embrace – the perfect sonic match to her emotionally eloquent lyrics.
Jessica has performed all over the Eastern U.S. and has won several national songwriting contests including the Connecticut Folk Festival Song Competition (2013) and SolarFest ‘s Singer/Songwriter Showcase Competition (2010). She has opened for notable acts like Cheryl Wheeler and The Kennedys, shared festival stages with Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, Dar Williams, Antje Duvekot and others, and co-billed with up-and-comers like Heather Maloney and The Stray Birds.
This show is the official album launch of her second full-length album, Tumbling After.
Jake Lewis & the Clergy
Jake Lewis & the Clergy are an indie rock band from Lancaster, PA. Formed in 2013, after frontman Jake Lewis had clocked a few years as a solo performer, WXPN has called the collaboration “a Philly local band to watch” and “a wonderful example of the talented artists that deserve to be heard.”
“After Loudon [Wainwright III] I headed over to the Lizard Lounge at the Chameleon Club to check out Jake Lewis and the Clergy, a band that was just nominated for a Tri State Indie award. I never saw them live before and they blew me away. Their music is memorizing and the harmonies are beautifully written. It was a very small intimate performance and I’m happy that I got to see them up close and personal, because it’s only a matter of time before this band takes off.” – Tri State Indie
“As a kid growing up in Gettysburg, Jake Lewis was surrounded by history— and family. Adopted at birth, he was one of eight adopted children growing up together on their Adams County farm. Now the folk-indie musician has found that family, history, and place inform his craft, from the exploration of personal history in his songwriting to the recording of his latest album, Gossip, in a Prohibition-era cabin in Lititz. Lewis’ sound has also grown, from the quiet acoustic sets he did as a solo musician to the more raucous shows he plays now with The Clergy.” – Fig Magazine
Saint Narcissus is essentially the name under which singer songwriter Keith Wilson (formerly of Movies With Heroes) performs. He is occasionally joined by friends on other instruments. A full length album – The Confessions of Saint Narcissus – has been gradually underway and will be made available when it is complete.
Keith Wilson was the vocalist and guitar player for seminal Lancaster, Pa band, Movies With Heroes for many years. When the band folded in 2007, he was compelled to continue writing and occasionally playing music, and Saint Narcissus is the form it took. Keith is also an author, with his first novel released in April 2012. The emotional and psychological territory and themes present in Saint Narcissus songs also surface in the novel.