“As a child I loved hearing my granddad sing songs from the “Sound of Music” while strumming his old cracked ukulele. I learned to play by watching and listening at his feet.”
Born with a love of music and a natural talent for singing and picking up pretty much any instrument he got his hands on, Jesse avidly studied guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, percussion, piano, harmonica, clarinet, saxophone, and the oboe growing up. From the ripe old age of ten he began composing his own original music with his six brothers and sisters, arranging harmonies and recording their earliest efforts in his family’s coal cellar. As he has grown in years and artistic maturity, he has continued to put forth his brand of honest and heartfelt compositions- and his intriguing rootsy style has persisted:
“I spent a lot of time touring around the US with my brother and we cut our teeth in towns like Nashville and Atlanta. As a result, the soul of the region affected me very strongly,” Jesse says of his inspiration and sound.
Along with his brother Luke, Jesse has recorded 4 nationally-released albums and 2 live albums, as well as music for an independent film with their acclaimed duo the Smart Brothers. He recently recorded and released his debut album “American Dreaming” with his new group, Super Incorporated. The Independent Radar reviewed the recording as being, “a wall of intricately layered sound one moment, then self-consciously exposed & intimate the next- haunting.” He has toured professionally on the festival and college circuits for the past 5 years in the US and abroad where he has shared the stage with notable acts including Matt Costa, John Prine, Gary Jules, Marc Ford, & First Aid Kit. His music has been featured in radio, TV, and film and is available on ITunes, Amazon, and Spotify. He lives in the San Bernardino Mountains of California and, thanks to his grandfather all those years ago, is a Kala Ukuleles Signature Artist.
“JDE captured the attention of any and all students passing the UCR Belltower stage! He provided a unique, feel-good sound that would make anybody want to stick around for more. Along with his dynamic four-piece band, he definitely brings something new and exciting into the world of music!” -Ria Madon, Director ASB, University of California Riverside
"If you find yourself complaining that they just don't make music like they used to, you need JDE in your life." -Eric Page, NBC San Diego
“Can’t wait to have Jesse back, come back soon!!” -Deana Segretario, Talent Buyer, The Mint, Hollywood, CA
"If there's a downside to seeing JDE play, it's that the next few bands you see live will seem far less talented by comparison." -Chris Maroulakos writer and editor of Owl & the Bear Podcast