PROVING that anything is possible if you want it enough is Exeter-based Jess McAllister, who is releasing her debut EP Painted Faces.
The nu-folk songwriter started out on the pub folk circuit before performing and writing with reggae ska band Peachy Farmer during her time at Exeter University.
They played lots of gigs and festivals, including Glastonbury, but wanting to change genre. Jess left the band and was invited to go on tour in the UK with a folk band.
But that same week Jess discovered she was pregnant, and the music was put on hold. It has now been two years since the birth of her son Alfred in 2011, and Jess has get back into songwriting and playing small gigs.
The 26 year old's solo music career is now destined for great things, with the release of Painted Faces on Saturday, October 19, and a UK tour with Belfast based band The Emerald Armada.
Jess's EP intertwines the rambling joy of a folk collective with an unusual production style, layering and lacing acoustic roots to create an adventurous and individual debut release.
Jess, from Exwick, said: "Amidst planning my wedding this summer, working at Boston Tea Party, playing gigs and being a mum, I somehow made an EP that I am really pretty proud of.
"A lot of the EP was recorded in my living room. I have had session musicians come from all over to record here, including Damien Scarr, the double bassist from Mad Dog McRae.
"I have always wanted to be a singer, but didn't have the confidence to really go for it when I was younger. I learned the piano from the age of seven and am mainly self taught. I then started writing songs when I was 13."
The EP features four tracks, all of them played on a grand piano recorded in a chapel. All lead vocals were recorded Exeter Phoenix.
Revealing another local connection, Jess said: "It was produced by my good friend Dan Smith who lives next door to me.
"The last song, Never Mind Buying Time, is importantly written for my mum, who has had a very tough couple of years as she suffers from severe insomnia."
To mark the release of an album, Jess is hosting a private launch party in Exeter.
Her next live performance will be at The Revelry at Exeter Quay on Friday, October 18. Jess will be joined by folk musician Matt Norman, and the pair of them switch between piano, guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle and drums.
For a sneak preview of one of the tracks, visit www.jessmcallister.co.uk