Boorloo/Perth-based singer-songwriter and theatre maker Jess Nyanda Moyle (they/them) is no stranger to weaving soul warming melodies around personal and relatable narratives, channelling these compositions in the form of country twanged indie-folk-pop through her 4-piece band Jocelyn’s Baby (FKA Jess Jocelyn).
As the relentless festive season rolls around, Jocelyn’s Baby unveil; It’s My First Christmas (without them), a seasons greeting that combines the silly and sad, joy and grief, delivered through a queer lens with a healthy helping of country twang. Their second xmas single in just as many years, It’s My First Christmas (without them) challenges how coming home for Christmas is often sold as a time of merriness and cheer, shedding light on how for a lot of people it can be a time to forcibly return to your muted, or even closeted past self, whilst also igniting hope in these darker times as Jess explains “It’s My First Christmas (without them) is a celebration; of found and chosen family, saying goodbye to religious guilt, and allowing yourself to be big, messy and as queer as you want to be over the holidays.”
Recently nominated at the West Australian Music (WAM) Awards for Country Artist of the year, their previous release Grab Your Gun amassing over 73k streams with inclusion in playlists such as Spotify’s Country Chill, Jocelyn’s Baby continuously impresses with their ever expanding discography beaming with stories of Australian identity, addiction, existential dread, and the potential for healing.
Produced by Ryan K Brennan at Def Wolf Studios (live sound engineer for Julia Jacklin, Noah Dillon), and released via two-time WAM Label of The Year winners Blue Grey Pink, It’s My First Christmas (without them) is a thoughtful, well balanced release from Jocelyn’s Baby to see you through the festive season.
Jocelyn’s Baby new single It’s My First Christmas (without them) is out now via Blue Grey Pink.