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"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." New Orleans Offbeat Magazine 


"Sultry" Denver's Marquee Magazine


 "Sure to brighten your day!" New Colorado Music You Should Know 303 Magazine Denver


"Maclaine’s powerhouse vocals...she belts in a way that would lift the roof" Alex Galbraith, Offbeat Magazine

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Jesse Maclaine's Aural Elixir records and performs original songs as well as popular covers of folk, jazz, rock, pop, classic hits, and more. Many people note this music is reminiscent of Sara Bareilles, Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple, Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, and even Edith Piaf! Classically trained and rooted in Jazz traditions, mezzo soprano-pianist-composer Jesse Maclaine creates Aural Elixir music. 20+ years as a successful professional performer and recording artist, yet within a sturdy framework of popular covers, obscure treasures, and finely crafted originals there is an irrepressible wave of inspiration and desire for improvisation, ensuring each expression of a song is a unique experience. Whether solo, duo, or larger ensemble, Aural Elixir delivers beautiful, soulful music that is both accessible and defies categorization!

Ms. Maclaine on stage, in the spotlight at Cafe Istanbul Performance Theatre's baby grand piano with eyes closed, head tilted slightly back...into itIn April 2018, Aural Elixir opened for Melissa Etheridge on 4/20 at Denver's International Church of Cannabis! Never one to shy away from musical adventures, Jesse's regional and national tours performing Aural Elixir music have led her to work with Grammy award winning engineers like David Glasser at Airshow Mastering, and share stages with truly remarkable musicians like Johnny Vidacovich (Bobby McFerrin, Charlie Hunter), Ryan Elwood, Lynn Drury, Alex McMurrayCarlo Nuccio (Tori Amos, Emmylou Harris), and many more. You can hear Aural Elixir music on popular radio stations across the country (like our fav WWOZ New Orleans!) as well as on internet radio and streaming services like SpotifyApple MusiciTunesAmazon, and iHeart Radio.


Last year Jesse was commissioned to score a musical for a popular Colorado based production company, and this year she has officially completed that project... her first full length musical! Also in 2017, she produced and released the 6th Aural Elixir CD, a live EP entitled "Better" and she is touring the US sharing her new music while also working on a series of singles to be released this year and next. 2018 has seen some exciting new developments too! Aural Elixir has founded the Musical Women Show and Social Hour to increase visibility of women in music and strengthen the Colorado community of professional and aspiring female and female identified musicians, played over 100 shows, composed/arranged/performed the music for "Witches and Harlots" an original play presented by Mercury Cafe and Allied Witches Theater, contributed a song to the compilation CD for the Musician's Resistance, and recorded/produced quite a few new live videos. As if that's not enough, this year Jesse has begun composing her first symphonic piece, due for release next year, entitled "St. Gertrude's Symphony for Cats." 


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At just 21 years old, shortly after she moved to New Orleans, entrepreneuse and visionary Jesse Maclaine dreamed of an adventurous, refined yet light hearted multi-genre musical group balancing both complex arrangements and improvisation - a vehicle for her to express her panoply of musical interests, artistic fancies, social commentary, and tales of real or imagined experiences - so she founded Aural Elixir. While the Crescent City remains an indelible influence, Aural Elixir has been based in Colorado for over a decade.


Jesse Maclaine has dedicated her life to being a musical pioneer with Aural Elixir - successfully composing, performing, recording, and producing music which defies categories and uniquely shines as a refreshing alternative to the derivative, over-produced music that dominates our 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 craft each concert into a truly one of a kind special event. 

 Ms. Maclaine sits happily between a baby grand piano and a Yamaha keyboard with one hand on each instrument, a chandelier sparkles overhead.


Aural Elixir is currently accepting concert bookings, commissions for custom songs, soundtracks, short term or ongoing composition projects, vocal overdubs (lead, background, or multiple parts), private parties, music lessons, workshops, songwriting coaching sessions, freelance vocal/piano/keyboard performances and recording sessions. Feel free to contact Jesse with any questions or for a complimentary consultation and estimate: jesselixir@gmail.com or 720-442-0789.


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