Hi, thanks for taking time to view my profile! I am classically trained, I studied jazz immersively in New Orleans for seven years, and have spent the last two decades performing professionally in the genres of rock, pop, folk, indie, jazz, funk, soul, blues, oldies, classic rock, avant garde, classical, world music, secular and sacred music, and more. Working with folks to create the perfect music for their special event is truly an honor! I feel blessed to share the gift of music by performing classics, originals, or composing custom songs for my clients. Music provides a unique and memorable emotional dimension to these incredible celebrations. I am happy to work with all sizes of events and budgets!
I do enjoy private parties and special events but have spent a large portion of my career performing solo, duo, and with full band in many intimate, historic, and world class venues across the continent. You are welcome to check my schedule and come see me live in concert! In addition to performing over 2000 shows in my career and 80+ shows every year, I compose in a number of genres, produce my own CDs and a video series on You Tube. In my spare time, I am a passionate animal rights activist and often support or volunteer for charity events with Mercy for Animals, Alley Cat Allies, Compassion Over Killing, Best Friends, Oceana, PCRM, VegFest, IDA, local animal rescues, humane societies, wildlife rescues, and many more. If you have a charity event, I would be especially delighted to work with you for any of your music needs! Below you will find a brief excerpt from my website with more information. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or for a complimentary consultation and estimate.
Aural Elixir is a female fronted rock/jazz/folk/pop band (and solo artist) created by singer-pianist-composer Jesse Maclaine in the late 90's in New Orleans, now based in Denver, Colorado. Renown for diverse, exciting, beautiful, and distinctive music, Aural Elixir displays a wide spectrum of influences traversing the boundaries of rock, jazz, folk, pop, and world music. A quintessential quote about Aural Elixir from New Orleans' Offbeat Magazine "Joni Mitchell's sly and perceptive confessional meets Fiona Apple's confrontational doomed romantic, with little hints of Tori Amos' gonzo earth mother and Carole King's practical warmth."
At just 21 years old, shortly after she moved to New Orleans, artist and visionary Jesse Maclaine founded Aural Elixir. While the Crescent City remains an indelible influence, she has been based in Colorado for over a decade. She continues to dedicate her life to Aural Elixir - successfully composing, performing, recording, and producing music which defies categories and uniquely shines as a refreshing alternative to the derivative, repetitive, over-produced music that dominates the modern world. Classical training, jazz studies, pop sensibilities, and decades of experience as a professional entertainer inform Jesse Maclaine's compositions and performances, empowering her to work with the best local musicians and craft each concert into a spectacular special event. Critics, colleagues, and audiences of all ages rave about Aural Elixir's creativity, compelling songs, refined musicality, dynamic range, and stellar talent.
Jesse Maclaine has recently been commissioned to compose/arrange a musical score for a popular local production company. She can also be found performing solo and ensemble as Aural Elixir, producing "Instant Octopus" and "Throw Back the Covers" her next two CDs, blogging, creating content for the You Tube channel and social media, and promoting her current release: Better.
Aural Elixir is currently accepting concert bookings, commissions for custom songs, composition projects, soundtracks, vocal overdubs (lead, background, or layered harmonies), private parties, music lessons, freelance vocal/piano/keyboard performances and recording sessions.