Former "The Voice" contestant Jesslee has just released "21 Jump Start" her new EP. "Strong" the lead single from the genre-bending Country songstress' latest effort, premiered exclusively with Taste of Country. The full EP is now available on all digital download and streaming platforms.
After her time on Team Blake was up, Jesslee was ready to use her newfound recognition to give back to those in her community. In an effort to do just that, she founded the S.T.R.O.N.G. Program with the goal of teaching youth to be confident in mind, body and spirit and to follow their passions in life. Through the power of Jesslee’s motivational music, the program guides kids and teens along the path toward self-love.
When the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic brought all live events to a halt, including those scheduled as part of the S.T.R.O.N.G. Program, Jesslee began to look for other ways to satisfy her desire to help. The result of her search? “21 Jump Start,” a four-track EP featuring her eponymous original “Strong” as well as covers of inspiring Pop hits from Miley Cyrus, Rachel Platten and Katy Perry.
This release is guaranteed to provide you with the boost of positivity you need to jump start your 2021. Jesslee's take on “The Climb” details the journey to happiness via her startlingly sincere, crisp vocal delivery. Her reimagining of “Fight Song” provides a whimsical haziness to the empowering ballad, aptly describing the challenge of getting back on your feet. With an arresting musical momentum, her rendition of “Rise” pushes listeners to overcome any obstacles standing between themselves and victory. But the real showstopper is Jesslee’s own “Strong.”
“Strong” is an impassioned anthem for the S.T.R.O.N.G. Program. Marked by themes of perseverance, achievement and embracing uniqueness, it provides an inspirational message about being yourself despite the opinions of others. The rising swell of the instrumental serves to represent the highs and lows we all face on a daily basis. The song reminds the audience of their own self-worth and encourages them to keep fighting.
“We are stronger than we think and sometimes just need a little motivation and love to see exactly how strong we are,” Jesslee says of the EP.
Jesslee skyrocketed to national recognition after turning both Blake Shelton’s, and Kelly Clarkson’s chairs on NBC’s The Voice. Having appeared on national television 5 times and exiting the show at what is now being called “the perfect time” by her team, Jesslee has turned the momentum of the show into an incredible jump-start to her already fast rising career.
Since, The Voice, Jesslee has shared the stage along side notable artists including Thomas Rhett, Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell, Cam, Kane Brown, LOCASH, RaeLynn, Uncle Kracker, Wynonna Judd, Joe Nichols, Thompson Square, Parmalee, Cassadee Pope, Craig Campbell, and countless others. JessLee aggressively tours both in the United States and internationally headlining and appearing at festivals in France, Spain and Denmark, while playing some of the BIGGEST main stages in the American Country music scene. Stages like Country Fest in Cadott,WI, a headlining sold out slot at Freedom Fest at the Port St Lucie, Florida Civic Center, and the legendary Eddies Attic in Atlanta, GA are a few of the capacity or near capacity shows recently on Jesslee’s calendar.
JessLee continues to set records as an indie artist. She has already seen unprecedented success on social media, has appeared as a feature on CMT, and has astoundingly charted 45 weeks in 2019 and 2020 on Apple Music’s “Country Hot Tracks”!
2021 is looking like a breakout year for Jesslee. With several HUGE festivals and international dates already on the books, Jesslee has been touted as the “Changing of the guard” ushering in a new era of powerful female vocalists. Trace Adkins said of “Jesslee, “I like female vocals that are just powerful just pow sit you back in your seat.“ Kelly Clarkson had similar things to say about Jesslee. She was quoted as saying, “Jesslee is amazing, she is a phenomenal singer”. Jesslee’s manager, Steve Virginia, a 15 year music industry veteran, said, “Jesslee is flat out the best female vocalist I have ever heard live! Her power and grip on her craft is unparalleled–coupled with the fact that she is one of the best writers in town… mark my words, Jesslee is a game changer.”