Jessica Lea Mayfield: Strength In Vulnerability

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Tell Me

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In "Our Hearts Are Wrong," Jessica Lea Mayfield finds a way to mix emotional depth and haunting cool. i i

hide captionIn "Our Hearts Are Wrong," Jessica Lea Mayfield finds a way to mix emotional depth and haunting cool.

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In "Our Hearts Are Wrong," Jessica Lea Mayfield finds a way to mix emotional depth and haunting cool.

In "Our Hearts Are Wrong," Jessica Lea Mayfield finds a way to mix emotional depth and haunting cool.

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Song: "Our Hearts Are Wrong"

Artist: Jessica Lea Mayfield

CD: Tell Me

Genre: Folk-Pop

The strength of 21-year-old Ohio native Jessica Lea Mayfield's voice isn't in its power; it lies in the haunting cool she conveys as she sings with emotional depth and reflective self-awareness. In "Our Hearts Are Wrong," she can take a line like "The only time I miss you is every single day" and make it sound vulnerable and strong at the same time.

Mayfield has been a musician for a lot longer than her age would suggest — she started out performing with her family's b luegrass band — but grownup heartbreak fuels her new album, Tell Me. Produced by The Black Keys' D an Auerbach, who keeps a bit of blues-rock distortion hovering in the background, "Our Hearts Are Wrong" feels subtly atmospheric but never overbearing. The result is genuinely moving.

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