Born in Nashville, Tennessee yet raised in Alabama, Jessie’s early life was spent bouncing between small town and moderately big city. Her family moved from Nashville when Jessie was five, first settling into Huntsville, Alabama and later moving to Athens. Growing up, Jessie pursued her passions for figure skating and cheerleading, all while secretly wanting to be a singer. With both parents being musicians, the dream of becoming a recording artist wasn’t that far off.
It was when her family moved to Athens that there was a noticeable switch in lifestyle, one where women’s roles were still viewed to be cooking and cleaning. By this point, Jessie was already building a buzz on TikTok, posting videos of her dancing to various songs and singing covers. Once her school caught wind of her growing online popularity, they started wrongfully punishing her for it, ultimately causing Jessie’s family to relocate.
Not all was lost; the backwards society pushed Jessie further toward music, where she used songwriting to blast past the gender norms surrounding her former community. While Jessie is still young, she knows exactly who she is and the kind of music that she wants to make. “I always ask myself, ‘Is this something that I would listen to?’” she says matter-of-factly. “Because the music I make is for girls and boys to scream to in their car, to cry to, and say ‘fuck you’ to. I make songs that say the things we always want to say, but don’t."