There has been a lot of talk in country music circles lately about just where the bro-country pendulum is – peaking, dropping like a stone, or just getting started. None of which concerns Jesse Labelle, because he is on his own pendulum.
Jesse is currently swinging back and forth between Nashville and his native Toronto promoting his debut country EP. The 5 song project saw Jesse working with some of the top co-writers and producers in the game such as David Huff (Hunter Hayes, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry), Chris Wallin (Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks), Gavin Brown (Three Days Grace, Barenaked Ladies), Lindsay Rimes (Canaan Smith, Locash) Phil Barton ( Lee Brice, Dustin Lynch ), Deric Ruttan, Mark Green and Jon Nite (Blake Shelton/Tim McGraw/Luke Bryan) and the team of Casey Marshall and Neil Sanderson (Tim Hicks).
The EP features some of Jesses finest songwriting and precise guitar playing to date; from the infectious chorus of harmonies and mandolin groove on “Some Kind Of Good “, to the soaring guitar work on “Call Me Up”. Its no surprise that Jesse describes his first single " You Left Me" as “one of the the best songs I’ve ever been a part of writing". Written with Chris Wallin, Casey Marshall, and Neil Sanderson, and produced by Gavin Brown, the song is a testament to true love; beautifully written, played with heart, and lyrically spun in a way that make the ears smile.
It was the early stages of this EP, initially heard by tastemakers in both Canada and the US, that lead Jesse to the opening slot on select dates of Keith Urbans 2014 “Raise Em Up” Tour, including the unforgettable show at the Scotiabank Saddledome during the Calgary Stampede.
This past summer Jesse finished a 3 day run playing all three stages at the Boots & Hearts Music Festival, arguably one of the largest country music festivals in North America. Having shared the stage with acts such as Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, and Florida Georgia Line, Jesse has begun to cement himself into the explosive genre that is the country music of the new millennium.
How did he get here? Hard work, talent, dedication, a few years searching for himself. Finally connecting with both his own truth, and the right team.
One thing you can say about pendulums – they always swing. That’s what they are meant to do. And Jesse is about to start swinging like Derek Jeter in the 7th inning of the World Series with bases loaded.
For Jesse, and for country music, there has never been a more exciting time to watch for what happens next.
Opening act on Canadian dates of Keith Urban's 2014 "Raise Em Up Tour"
Canadian Radio Music Award (CRMA) Winner of 2013's "Best New Artist" Award
2 Subsequent Gold Records for 2015's "You Left Me" & 2013's "Heartbreak Coverup"