The old adage It Takes Two certainly holds true for Los Angeles duo Charley & Jesi. Their individual musical identities entwine throughout their music, yielding a dynamic, diverse collection of original material, as well as cover songs that beautifully fuse pop, rock and folk.
In 2008, Jesi asked Charley to borrow his guitar at an open mic, and they instantly felt a musical kinship that blossomed into an intense romance and lifelong love. They began writing together, bonding over a shared passion for The Beatles, Sonny and Cher, Fleetwood Mac and The Beach Boys.“We liked and were influenced by all the same music,” explains Jesi. “So when we wrote songs together, it felt really natural. It was the easiest thing in the world.”
Since then, they have released three albums - Raw (2009), Charley & Jesi (2011), and Circus (2013) via their own record label, Wini Flashdance – and organically built a strong local following. In early 2014, they holed up at The Village Recorder and Grandmaster Recorders to self-produce With Love, and the records was mastered by Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering. On With Love, the duo’s sound is a seductive amalgam of The White Stripes-meets-The Carpenters.
“We want people to walk away from our albums with the feeling of love,” agree Jesi and Charley. “That’s what our music is about. It’s love and joy. Love brought us together, and it keeps us going.”
Nationally touring pop-rock duo homegrown out of the Southern California area. Catch them at their next show featuring their new album!