winner of best pop at the 2021 syracuse area music awards
"The woman on the cover of this album is a fighter...
Standing Now is about resilience.
...The Jess Novak Band is a beast and Standing Now is an EP that will have you hungry for more. Six songs just isn’t enough when it’s this good.
Resilience, empowerment, these are the characteristics of one who might be referred to as formidable.
Do NOT underestimate Jess Novak.
Because she’ll knock you down."
– John Tierney
"Jess Novak: CNY's blues rock wonder woman"
"It takes a powerful songwriter to create something that makes you both love them and damn them for making you feel feelings you didn’t feel like feeling...(Novak) accomplishes that hefty feat." - The Fuze Magazine
Jess Novak takes no prisoners. With a fiddle on fire, powerful vocals and a fierce band behind her, this pop, rock, soul-pumped group from Syracuse, New York brings passion to every performance. Known for their energy, superb musicianship, engaging songwriting and ability to win any crowd, Novak is on the rise. Having touched audiences across the country – from Burlington, VT to Key West, FL to San Diego, CA – and with Novak playing more than 250 dates annually, the sound - whether solo, with JNB or with Safe Word - gets tighter with each show.