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Born in small town U.S.A, Powell, Wyoming. Jesse knew he loved Country Music at a very young age.
Although several types of music influenced him, country is what his heart really connected with. There was always music playing in either the house, car and even in an occasional Tractor.
When Jesse was seven years old the family moved to Washington State, in search of better employment other then farming. After a short stay in Ridgefield, it was in Battle Ground where Jesse discovered his passion to sing and perform. He joined his first choir class in fourth grade and he would stay in choir up until he graduated high school.
At the age of twelve his mother tried to teach him guitar, reluctantly he gave it a shot, but just one! Jesse put the guitar down not to pick it up again for another five years.
Fate stepped in at the age of seventeen; it is then he entered a contest "Sing Like Garth Brooks" that was put on by the local radio station. Jesse won this contest and received a back stage pass to meet Garth Brooks, and a guitar for Garth and the band to sign. It was during this meeting where Jesse and Garth Brooks sang "Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream" together back stage and Garth strongly encouraged Jesse to learn to play the guitar. It was at this same contest where Jesse met Rick “Bubba” Taylor. Rick has been a long time mentor and true friend ever since.
Unable to play guitar, Jesse sang and performed to Karaoke tracks anywhere they would listen. He entered karaoke contests all around the Portland/Vancouver area and won a quite a few of them including a trip to Hawaii!
Taking Garth up on his suggestion, Jesse picked up the guitar again. He is mostly self-taught with some instruction by Nashville musician and friend Richard "Dick" Bradley!
At the age of twenty-two Jesse made his first trip to Nashville TN. He tried to familiarize himself in the music and songwriting community. While visiting the Bluebird Cafe one night, some of his favorite songwriters were there, (Pat Alger, Kent Blazy and Kim Williams) Jesse received a rare opportunity to perform in the round with them. While still in Nashville Jesse was hired to sing on a couple demos.
After about five months and a mess of misfortunes, Jesse moved back to Battle Ground, mostly to recollect himself and regroup.
After moving back home Jesse hit the ground running. He competed in the very first year of Nashville Star, in all three rounds of the Portland, OR auditions and ultimately placed in the top three in Portland. It was also during this time he put together and formed his first band...
Jesse started opening for Nashville acts in the summer of 2006, acts such as: Carrie Underwood, Phil Vasser, Jake Owen, Little Big Town, John Randell, Ashley Monroe, Sarah Buxton, Steve Azar, Steve Holy, Jamie O’Neil, Jamey Johnson, Chris Young and another musical hero, Bryan White. Jesse realized another dream by getting to sing with Bryan on his hit song "Someone else's star".
In the late summer of 2007 Jesse married his sweetheart of 3 years. With Jerilynn’s encouragement for him to try his luck again, they packed up everything they owned into a U-Haul trailer and moved to Nashville just three days after their wedding.
In the past four years, Jesse has made good progress with his career, including song writing, recording his first EP project with the help of friends in the music business such as producer/songwriter Rick Tiger, session guitar player and co-producer Chris Leuzinger and studio engineer Kenny Royster at Direct Image Studios.
Most recently Jesse has formed his own band and is playing on a regular basis in and around Nashville TN. If you get a chance to get out and see a show full of high energy and electricity, cease the opportunity. You will not be disappointed. It is truly all about the music!
2012 is looking to be a productive and prosperous year musically for Jesse.
Message from Jesse:
Thanks to all of you who have supported me on this great journey either by coming out to the shows, buying my music, or just by your encouragement telling me to never give up and to keep going. I am truly Grateful and Humbled by all of you!
Thanks and God bless you all.