Jesse is a South African singer-songwriter whose 2008 debut album, When I Wake Up, and his 2011 follow up, Life On Mars, have both made the 26-year-old a platinum-selling success in his home country. This is a considerable feat in a market where rock is a niche genre.
After the widespread acclaim of his first album, Jesse’s music caught the attention of 3-time Grammy-winning Canadian producer David Bottrill (Muse, Tool, Placebo). Jesse subsequently moved to Toronto to work with Bottrill who produced his 2nd album. Another notable contributor was Grammy-winning engineer Bob Ludwig who mastered the album in New York.
Descending from a musical family, Jesse spent the first six years of his life on tour with his father, iconic South African singer Johnny Clegg. Jesse has achieved much in the 6 short years he has been active. He has released 4 Top 10 singles and toured extensively throughout South Africa, playing the biggest festivals in the country. As an official ambassador for the Nelson Mandela 46664 foundation, Jesse was invited to play at Radio City Music Hall in New York for the annual Mandela Day Concert. He has been nominated for three South African Music Awards over the course of his career.
In 2014, Jesse brought his music to the international stage. He embarked on a seven week tour across the United States and Canada, which comprised of 32 shows in 31 cities. He has also performed at high profile showcase festivals in the U.S. - including the CMJ Music Marathon, New Music Seminar and the CBGB Festival. In June, Jesse performed on the main stage at UK’s Isle of Wight Festival.
He has been nominated for three South African Music Awards over the course of his career. 2015 sees Jesse returning to studio to record new material for an upcoming album. Produced by SAMA nominated Denholm Harding, the first single, entitled Use Me, was released on July 3rd and the following day made its debut at number 11 on the South African iTunes chart. The song has been play listed on all major radio stations that include; 947, KFM, Jacaranda FM, Algoa FM and East Coast Radio to name a few as well as campus and community stations.
The much-anticipated release is a continuation of his characteristic song-writing, but marks an exciting new direction for the singer. Jesse Clegg is currently finishing off the recording of his new EP; the new release can be expected towards the end of 2015.
The video release for, ‘Use Me’ hit over 50,000 views in a little over three weeks of its release! Jesse Clegg’s latest video, for the single, ‘Use Me,’ can be viewed on Youtube: http://po.st/UseMevideo
19 December 2015
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