Photo by Gary Isaacs

Photo by Gary Isaacs

About Jesse Manley

With the release of his critically acclaimed album Dust and a collaboration scheduled with the Colorado Symphony and Wonderbound, Manley is quickly making a name for himself as a singer, songwriter, and collaborator. Manley has amassed a stunning catalogue of music over the last six years due in large part to his five celebrated collaborations with Artistic Director Garrett Ammon of the nationally recognized contemporary ballet company Wonderbound. Through these collaborations, Manley has explored a variety of folk technique and lyrical composition, resulting in an eclectic, yet unique voice as an artist and songwriter.

His sound has been described by audiences as "beautiful, jauntily melancholic, and unique" and by the Huffington Post as "elegant and haunting, winding you into this sensual allegory of the season.” OndaRock named Manley's music as one of the "Top 10 Albums of the Year" in 2015 and "Top Album of the Year" in 2014. Manley was nominated for Westword's Best Folk Music Award in 2014, and he was chosen as Best of 2014 by Colorado Public Radio's OpenAir. 


Press

Top 10 Albums of 2015
— OndaRock
The original composition, written by Denver Singer/Songwriter Jesse Manley is elegant and haunting, winding you into this sensual allegory of the season.
— HUFFINGTON POST
The amazing band, led by Jesse Manley with original music for the show was the cherry on the top of the cake.
— PRESENTING DENVER
The new tunes for Winter - which Manley and his band will play live during the performance - are studied and lively in a way that convinces the listener that they must have come from the soul of someone who has devoted his entire life to music.
— 5280
2014 Album of the Year.
— OndaRock
The album showcases his ability to incorporate a variety of instruments and arrangements to maintain a theme with an expansive creativity.
— REVERB
Distinguishing oneself from being just another guy with a guitar from all the other guys with guitars is difficult. Jesse Manley, however, seems more than up to the task, thanks to earnest lyrics, dreamy melodies and a truly unique voice.
— WESTWORD
Thoughtful and introspective — but retains a gritty, thousand-yard stare.
— EPITONIC