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Jesse Nova was born in El Paso Texas. Bordering Mexico, it has a different feel than most Texas towns. Multiple cultures blend giving it a look and sound with its own unique vibe. This may be the best way to explain Jesse Nova as a musician. He started behind a drum kit, playing in various bands, before taking his now more familiar spot as lead singer.
Jesse moved to Tempe and along with Ralph Vega and Ben Rivera, formed Kactus Juice. Now a lead singer, they would become regulars in the local clubs. Kactus Juice would open up Jesse’s musical world. Touring with such national acts as The Toadies, Tragically Hip, Cake and 311, they would play all over America for 8 years before going their separate way.
Jesse ended up in New Orleans to continue working on his craft. It was there that Jesse changed his style again becoming a solo act. Now with guitar in hand, New Orleans became a perfect background for him to focus on his music and writing.
His hard work and dedication came together with his first solo album, Blue Period. Recorded in Tempe and Co-produced by Don Bossie and Douglas Preston, this album would showcase Jesse as a solo act and accomplished musician.
Jesse returned to El Paso Texas and formed Sol Vox, touring again with a group through the Southwest part of the United States. Jesse decided to relocate to San Diego, his current residence, staying true to his musical roots while adding an edgier sound. Reconnecting with Kactus Juice bass player Ben Rivera, Jesse’s current band consists of guitar virtuoso and Berkeley School of Music grad, Jason Rain and drummer Bill Mentlow, who studied under Fish Fisher from the iconic alternative band Fishbone.
While in San Diego, Jesse took the short trip up to Los Angeles so he could be part of Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp. Paired with Mark Hudson as his bands mentor, Jesse took full advantage of his opportunity to play with such greats as Guns and Roses drummer Matt Sorum and Bassist Duff McKagan, guitar player Paul Stanley from Kiss, Sammy Hagar from Van Halen, drummer Marky Ramone of the Ramones and Misfits, and guitarist Phil Collen of Def Leopard.
Jesse continues today to keep playing music and adding to his rich sound. Once again setting roots in another great border town, Jesse can be seen playing all over San Diego. Playing great live venues such as, The Casbah, Griffin, The Stage and San Diego’s House of Blues, Jesse performances continue to electrify audiences.