Jessica Harp, formerly one half of my favorite country music duo The Wreckers, has officially been released from Warner Brothers as a recording artist. After the duo announced their split in 2007, both Jessica and Michelle Branch went to work on solo albums for the label. She married the fiddle player from the Wreckers in 2008. Jessica was finally able to release her “A Woman Needs” in March 2010 after struggling to get it out. When it was released digitally, she announced she was going to pursue being a songwriter instead of an artist from that day forward. The last recording she made was with Blake Shelton on an iTunes bonus track on his “Red River Blue” album called “Addicted,” a cover of a Dan Seals track.
She announced on Twitter earlier this week that she was no longer signed with the label and is now “free.” She will be making music again, even if she isn’t signed to a label.
@jessicaharp: It’s official. After years of my love of my job being strangled out of me, I’m moving on. Adios Warner Music Nash, thanks for freeing me!
@jessicaharp: I can tell you that whether I’m signed somewhere new or ride indie style, I WILL make music again! Thanks guys for your continued love!
Jessica was nominated for a Grammy award as a duo for “Best Country Performance By A Group Or Duo With Vocal” as The Wreckers for “Leave The Pieces.” She was the highest charting female country artist in 2009. Her debut single from her solo album, “Boy Like Me,” had sold over 100,000 digital copies before her album was pushed back. As The Wreckers, her and Michelle were nominated for a 2007 Country Music Association Award for vocal duo of the year. They were the 2007 Music Row Award winner for Major Label Breakout Artist Of The Year, and the 2007 R&R Readers’ Poll winners for the Best New Performer.
I hope she finds a new home soon. She’s way too talented of an artist to go unsigned. Her album “A Woman Needs” is still available on Amazon, and even features Vince Gill on backing vocals on “Homemade Love.” It’s a great purchase and a solid country album by the singer-songwriter. Good luck, Jessica!