Singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield might just be the best new act to come out of Ohio since The Black Keys. And that would make sense, since the three-time Grammy-winning duo from Akron have been helping Mayfield along since she was a teenager.
The daughter of a musical family (Mayfield, along with her parents and brother used to tour as a bluegrass band called One Way Rider), Mayfield was discovered by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who helped her record and release her first full-length album in 2008. Mayfield would go on to open with the Black Keys that year, as they toured in support of their album “Attack and Release.”
While Mayfield’s roots are in Kent, OH, she’s currently touring to promote her new album, “Tell Me.” The new record is not only more mature-sounding than the last, but shows what a difference some top-dollar production can make to a talented performer. Mayfield’s dark, moody vocals are better than ever, and songs like “Our Hearts Are Wrong” and “Trouble” are likely to get her noticed by a lot of people in short order.