It looks like Jessie James is finally getting her due time. Since her pop debut in 2009, Jessie’s remained one of the most underrated artists in the business. However, with her new country single climbing the iTunes charts, that’s all about to change.
Jessie’s not only a talented writer (her unreleased demos, like the personal “Newnan High,” are better than most artist’s singles), but she’s also an effortless vocalist. I mean effortless in the sense that she sounds exactly the same live as she does recorded and doesn’t feel the need to constantly oversing (I’m looking at you Christina Aguilera). She also performs while chewing gum. Now that’s talent.
Jessie’s sound is a throwback to the golden age of 90s female country (see: Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Martina McBride) that blended traditional Southern twang with the melodic stylings and instrumentation of pop and adult contemporary. She’s a breath of fresh air for country with a little bit of nostalgia to remind listeners of of the songs they grew up singing along to. Her new single, “When You Say My Name” is reminiscent of Faith’s “This Kiss,” a cute, mid-tempo love song that’s perfect ear candy for spring. If anyone’s going to follow in the footsteps of those female country greats, it’s going to be Jessie James. She’s truly the whole package and has already proven she’s capable of churning out catchy, relatable crossovers. She’s one to watch this year!
Her new single, “When You Say My Name,” is now available on iTunes. Katy Perry bought it. So should you.