It’s really important for me because when I was teenager, like 13 or 14 years old I didn’t have anyone to look up to. I didn’t see anyone that looked like me. I mean this was Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera and all of these great artists and entertainers -but I didn’t see myself, I saw these girls and there was no way I would ever look like them. I know how important that is, especially these days where there seems to be this like bombardment of [messages saying] ‘you have to look this way. You’ve gotta lose weight or if you’re not a size zero then you’re not good enough.’ And it’s the other way around too. I’ve talked to so many girls that are naturally thin and people are telling them ‘oh you need to eat you need to eat something. You’re not curvy but real women have curves.’ And it’s ridiculous. So I think it’s important to be a role model to women that are all shapes sizes and that you can relate to everyone… I’m glad to be able to play a role a small role in some way in someone’s life.
You’re working on a new album, tell us more… Yeah, we’re hoping to have it out January February of next year. We don’t wanna rush because we know this album did really well and the fans love it. So we’ve got big shoes to fill – and you know how it is with the second album too it’s like there’s a lot of pressure with the second album. So we’re going to spend this year in between shows and all that. I’m gonna be making a lot of trips to Nashville but I’m doing a lot of writing sessions in the UK too. With the boys as well. And to the key is us to spend this year just gathering material… we’re hoping to build an incredible album, our goal is to have anywhere between 30 and 50 songs to choose from.
What do you have planned for your headline tour?
It starts at the end of April in to the beginning of May and we’re going everywhere from Southampton, London, playing Bush Hall in London. We’re going up to Edinburgh and everywhere in between… We’re gonna do the Under The Apple Tree Festival in May, more festivals throughout the summer and then it’s gonna be a busy year. I think we’re gonna look into branching out as well into Scandinavia and Germany. So yeah we’re gonna also try to find time to write an album just before that. I should look at my schedule! Charlotte Taylor www.jessandthebandits.com
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