Authentic, heartfelt, and sincere. These are a few words to describe Jessie Haines songwriting and performances, and most recently, her single “A New Place.” The song is featured on Jessie’s upcoming album The Phoenix, a concept album which follows the arc of addiction to a toxic relationship. In this song, Jessie is finally ready to move on and get out, and empowers listeners to do the same.
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The song starts strong as a guitar plays a country melody with an enticing pop twist that immediately draws you in. The music backs down and lets the lyrics shine through as Jessie begins to sing about her new life. Through her lyrics in the chorus, “And the last time that I saw you/You were crying on the floor/Saying all the same old fake shit/Already heard it before,” Jessie is showing that she is not messing around. She is done with all of the bullshit. Listeners can feel how annoyed Jessie is as she belts out “Honey, I am not coming home!”
I can see all the people that relate to this song screaming out this line as they dance along to the music. It’s one of those lines that strikes you to your core and makes you feel heard. The most empowering lyric is, “Even though I’ll always love you / I gotta do what I need to do.” With these words, Jessie is recognizing that sometimes what you need to do isn’t always what you want to do. It can be hard to make those decisions but this song could give someone the courage they need to do it. Jessie did an amazing job at channeling all of the emotions that come with leaving a bad situation and the refreshing, though scary, feelings of starting over.
“A New Place” is a great tune, and we can’t wait to hear the rest of the album!
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