Jesse Labelle

 

Tell us about yourself.

Music has been the biggest part of my life as long as I can remember. My grandmother was a celebrated Jazz recording artist in the 50’s and would sing me her songs when I was a child. I was born in Toronto, Canada and went to high school with Aubrey Graham (DRAKE) where we both studied performance and music. Following high school I moved directly into a career as a professional singer and songwriter. Music and the pursuit of its creation have always been both my path and my greatest source of happiness in life.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist. 

I grew up on a heavy diet of Elvis, The Beatles, and James Taylor. I got my first guitar when I was 8 and became obsessed with the playing of Eric Clapton, Slash, and Vince Gill. I think you can hear all of them in the music I make.

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Tell us about the genre of your music. 

I come from a heavily leaning Rock, Country, Folk, and Popular Music background. Country itself is changing everyday but I always have and always will write and sing songs that tell stories, and that’s what country music has always been about. I would call my genre “guitar-driven-story-telling- singer-songwriter-country”

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Tell us about the story behind your song. 

“Get Away With It” was a pitch-song I received a few years back ( this means I didn’t write the song but some of the writers thought I’d be the right person to record it and sent it my way) From the first time I heard it I completely agreed. The song is exactly who I am as a musician and singer, and was written by some of the very best songwriters in Music City (Tommy Lee James, Matt Jenkins, and Josh Osborne) all of whom I look up to as songwriters in a big way.

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Tell us about the problems you are facing as a musician. 

It has become increasingly difficult to make a living as an artist and a songwriter in the music business. While streaming has helped spread music to millions of new listeners, the royalty streams are still very small. Thanks to a lot of songwriters and lobbyists in Nashville, this is slowly changing and making our lives all a little richer. Emphasis on the world little.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

“Get Away With It” was recorded and produced in Nashville TN. The recording of this song was a bucket list experience of sorts for me. My producer (Sam Ellis) and I knew that the song needed a special energy so we recruited the legendary Chris McHugh to play the drums. Chris has played on nearly every Keith Urban record, and toured with Keith for the lion’s share of his career. I have seen him play endless shows and am such a huge fan of his work and couldn’t have been more excited to have him be such an integral part of this record. Sam, Devin Malone and I played the guitars and had Bruce Bouton on the steel and Matt Utterback on Bass.

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List the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.

Got Country Online, a great Music blog based in Florida has supported me from day one. NashFM106.5 in Myrtle Beach, Kat Country 99.3 and The Gator 107.9 have already added the song into rotation and were expecting some more very exciting radio adds in early 2018.

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goals. 

My music career started in junior school. I won a contest with my band for original song and demo when I was about 12 years old. This led me to fronting various bands throughout high school. Immediately following graduation I began writing songs and landed some radio cuts in Canada with various rock, country, and pop acts. When I was 22 I signed my first record deal with Arista in NYC. The album I made never saw the light of day ( in retrospect probably a good thing), so I moved back to Canada where I recorded and release 3 major label albums spanning genres from Folk/Rock to Pop/Rock to Country. It was after my release from my Canadian Record deal that I set my sights on Music City, which I now call home.

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 

I’ve always worn my heart on my sleeve. All of my best ideas have been a direct result of that. Sometimes you’ll just feel something, and other times you’ll hear a phrase, or a word that inspires you. If the song doesn’t almost immediately pour out, for me, it means I’m probably trying too hard.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song. 

Being real, and staying in the moment. Trying to tell too long of a story in 3 minutes can often confuse a listener. A great melody that gets stuck in your head doesn’t hurt either.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 

Stay in the race. That’s it. In this business it’s often about who can play the game the longest. Too many people drop out because it gets hard, or because they can’t afford to keep running. If you keep moving towards your goal, you’re going to get there… eventually.

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Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I’d consider myself very lucky to have been able to make music professionally for as long as I have. I’ve released 3 albums in Canada and am now 2 singles deep in the US with an EP coming out next year. In this time I’ve received a certified Gold Record, opened concerts in stadiums from everyone from Keith Urban to Elton John and won radio awards in Canada for best new artist. It hasn’t always been easy but it’s always been worth it.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

I write my lyrics on my laptop. I used to write them in a book. I miss the tangibility of an actual lyric sheet but I edit a lot so I’m probably better off doing it digitally not wasting too much paper. When in the studio I try and memorize the song. There’s something about getting lost in a performance that’s hard to do when you’re trying to think about reading at the same time.

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Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with. 

I would love to collaborate with Bruno Mars. The Script is a band I really respect and would love to write with. I’d love to jam with Keith Urban and John Mayer. Paul McCartney would top my list for collaboration though. Aim high right?

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State the links to your social networks and stores for purchase of your songs. 

Instagram – @jesselabellemusic

Facebook – jesselabellemusic

Twitter – @jesselabelle

Youtube – /c/jesselabelle

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/ artist/5xLdSGejmdil911M6q1HdU

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/get-away-with-it-single/1317965455

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day was winning an award for Best New Artist at the Canadian Radio Music Awards in 2014. I completely expected to lose and there was such a feeling of validation for the work I’ve put in.

My saddest day was when my childhood dog, North, passed away. I still think I’m not over it.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

I will spend my first million on a house in Nashville, a vacation to Cabo San Lucas (My favorite getaway) and the rest will go into some investments just in case the next million takes a minute to roll in.

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Tell us about your song. 

“Get Away With It” is an up-tempo, fun, romantic and driving song that features some of my very favorite studio playing ever. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed bringing it to life.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career. 

I don’t…music takes up most all of my time. If I’m not writing I’m recording and if I’m not recording I’m playing on tour all while working on marketing a new single. It’s a DIY business these days and you have to do it all. My off time when and if I ever get any is spent trying to keep up with a physical regimen.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends. 

Elvis

The Beatles

Johnny Cash

Jeff Buckley

Waylon Jennings

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music. 

2018 is going to be a busy year of touring and releasing a lot of new music. From there I expect to spend the next 10 years doing much of the same. Playing live is my happy place and I plan on doing a lot of it for some time to come.

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music. 

To me, Music is the embodiment of creativity and originality. You have to have a good chunk of both on yours if you want people to listen.

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Tell us the major reason you are into music.

Music has carried me through life. It sounds cliché but it’s been my very best friend at all of the very best and worst times in my life.

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Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference. 

I grew up on a lot of old school music and it will always hold a special place in my heart. New music will be the next generations’ oldies, and now that there’s so much more of it, it’s a lot harder to find the gems, but I love listening to new music in the hopes that I will find some.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist. 

My most memorable day as an artist was definitely my first gig opening for Keith Urban on his 2014 ‘Raise Em Up Tour’. I will never forget the feeling of walking into the stadium that day and seeing one of my idols and guitar heroes in Soundcheck, knowing that I was about to play the same stage.

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Tell us what you would do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power.

I’d keep making music and make sure to appoint someone better suited to the task. I’m an artist. It’s what I do best.

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Kolade Olamide

I am a poet , writer, beat maker, chef, songwriter, web designer, music promoter,digital marketer, blogger and director.

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