Jesse Clegg talks Life On Mars

South African singer/songwriter Jesse Clegg has just released his brand new album. It’s called Life On Mars and is the follow up to his hugely successful album, When I Wake Up in 2009. The album went platinum, scored him two South African Music Award nominations and it also saw him traveling to New York City, where he performed on the 46664 Mandela Day concert. Check out my video interview with him above.

While that album was very popular in terms of its radio singles, Jesse says on this album he’s taken a more alternative approach on this one. He traveled to Canada, where he worked with Grammy winning producer Dave Bottrill in his Toronto studios. Jesse told me that Dave was super impressed with how “complete” the project was and that’s because Jesse had been working on the new material for over three years. The two sat and debated the songs for hours on end too because Dave wanted to make sure that Jesse understood his music and could intelligently answer any questions regarding the material. It also helped in the recording process in that Jesse could “feel” the song and really get to grips with the various emotions attached to their meanings.


1. Clarity

2. Life On Mars

3. In Black And White

4. Slow Burn

5. The Great Escape

6. Disappearing Act

7. Winston (Another Time)

8. Trouble In Paradise

9. Head Versus Heart

10. Hey

You can download his album at the Omusic Store now, but you must know that you’re missing out on the album packaging. Each of the ten tracks have an accompanying postcard in the album sleeve. That gives you the option of changing the album cover to suit your needs. It’s really great and i’m certain the star will get a lot of praise for not only his music but also for the album packaging too. In short, this album is very deep, thought out and it shows a great maturity in not only Jesse but in his music too. It’s a great local album

Author: Jason Von Berg

Digital content marketer. Mobile App Editor. Entertainment, travel and New York City lover. #Triathlete, #Ironman, health and wellness advocate, @Futurelifeza ambassador

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