AFTERBUZZ TV – AfterBuzz TV’s Mini Spotlight edition, is a short form interview series featuring actors & artists discussing their roles and shows as well as their thoughts, passions and journeys. In this episode host Morgan Willett interviews Jesse Campbell.
There are only a few artists that have a signature sound that you can immediately identify. Jesse Campbell is one of those singers who is an international recording artist that sings heart-felt universal music with soul. He is a connector, with a strong determination to put his imprint on each song he sings. His fans are loyal, his dedication to his art is unprecedented, his passion for the music he brings forth has a spirit-filled intensity that permeates directly into the hearts of his audiences. Originality is his greatest attribute and his charismatic personality coupled with his courageous energy is a winning formula in today’s musical landscape.
There is no surprise that Jesse’s foundation was born in the church. At the age of sixteen, he began leading songs with the church choir in Chicago, Illinois where his father Bishop W.J. Campbell presides. His unique talent was soon discovered and became the featured soloist on the early recordings of The Winans and Timothy Wright.
After signing a recording contract with Underworld/Capitol Records in 1994, he found himself moving away from his Gospel roots. His first single, “When You Cry”, was from his debut album ‘Never Let You Go’. “Where is the Love” from the movie soundtrack Dead Presidents became a smash hit that emerged to certified gold and sold over 500,000 copies.
His career continued to grow performing on national television shows such as The Tonight Show and BET’s Video Soul. His artistry was now in demand in the international marketplace traveling to South and Central America, UK, Eastern Europe, South Africa, Asia, Russia, Belarus, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Italy, Denmark, Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico.
As time evolved, Jesse performed both live and in-studio with some of the most successful recording artists in the music industry and for world- renowned speakers. He was afforded the opportunity to work
alongside many of his industry peers, such as Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera and Andre Crouch to name a few.
In addition, corporations such as Time Warner, Universal, Comcast, Threat Matrix, Apple, Spirit and McDonalds reached for him to perform at their private events.
The stars aligned and Jesse was invited to join the the second season of the NBC hit reality show “The Voice”, where almost 40 million viewers got a glimpse of his electrifyingly euphoric vocal abilities. During his blind audition, within seconds of his first note, all four celebrity judges Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton turned their chairs in astonishment to the caliber of the artistry they were witnessing. Each judge gave him the highest accolades and began vying for him to become a member of their respective teams. Jesse opted for the incomparable Christina Aguilera for she vowed ‘to work hard for him’. One of the highlights of his experience on the show was when he dedicated a very touching rendition of the song “Halo” to his daughter Soraya in front of the world. “The Voice of Asia” acknowledged Jesse’s talent during his performance as the guest recording artist, by offering him a permanent position as one of their four celebrity judges.
This experience not only widened the span of his fan base but also opened the door to worldwide musical engagements, live performances, commercials, movie screens and other media platforms. Social media has been an invaluable tool as Jesse walks this corridor of creating a new musical horizon. This platform allows fans to interact with him, request songs, ask questions and are eager to like and share his live scopes with their friends from all over the world. To date, he has garnered millions of views and the love just keeps growing. “I do what I do for the love of it – and my fans!” JesseOke (Jesse+karaoke), is a weekly way to sing for and interact with my supporters world-wide” says Jesse.
Jesse is currently keeping up with a rigorous performance schedule and is also in the studio creating what he is known for, heart-felt universal music with soul. It is his goal to release the first single by mid-summer. He is celebrated as one of today’s most gifted singers, whose unique, captivating vocals continues to inspire people from all walks of life. He is devoted to his craft and his fans and continues to carve out his purposed steps catapulting him to a place where his dreams have become reality.