This 2011 release is a sparkling collection of heart-filled songs that speak to the world around us and the heavens above. The album takes its name from a traditional tune that The Jennys cover--a beautiful a capella tune about the passing of loved ones. Like this ethereal title track, many of the songs are about searching for what has been lost, whether it's a once-whole heart, a lover gone or family that is far away. From the soulful pop of "Swing Low Sail High" to the gut-busting gospel of "Storm Comin'" to the sultry jazz of "Cherry Blossom Love," the album sparkles with a light and energy that is "guaranteed to soothe your soul with its unique blend of earthy passion and heartfelt compassion" (Creem). Even amidst songs about loss, there is a quiet elation underpinning the album and is present in such tracks as "Bird Song" (a fan favorite with lyrics co-written by Heather Masse and Nicky Mehta), giving hope and courage to weary souls and broken hearts.
All three band members -- Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta and Heather Masse -- contribute to the twelve original songs, singing and playing a variety of instruments (acoustic guitar, accordion, banjo, ukulele) to create a shimmering tapestry of rich vocals and instrumentals. Joining The Jennys are Canada's finest session players, including Bill Dillon (Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel), Kevin Breit (Norah Jones), Colin Cripps (Kathleen Edwards), Richard Moody (The Bills) and frequent Jennys sideman Jeremy Penner on fiddle. Recorded in a cottage near Haliburton, Ontario, Bright Morning Stars has a warm, intimate quality, as if The Jennys were singing their celestial songs just for you. A dazzling mix of Americana, pop and traditional folk, Bright Morning Stars is certain to be an instant classic.