Jessie James Decker

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Jessie James
Jessie James at the Tour for the Troops concert in Incirlik Air Base 01.JPG
Background information
Birth name Jessica Rose James
Born (1988-04-12) April 12, 1988 (age 26)
Vicenza, Italy
Genres Country, pop[1]
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2008–present
Labels Mercury, Show Dog-Universal Music
Website Official website

Jessica Rose "Jessie" James Decker (born April 12, 1988) is an Italian country pop singer-songwriter and reality T.V. personality. Having auditioned for and being rejected by most of the country labels in Nashville, Tennessee at age fifteen, James began working on refining her craft with Carla Wallace of Big Yellow Dog Music. One of her songs attracted the attention of Mercury Records which offered her a recording contract. She released her debut album, Jessie James, in 2009. She stars with her husband Eric Decker in the E! reality show Eric & Jessie: Game On. On April 18, 2014, James released an EP through iTunes on 19 Recordings entitled Comin' Home.[2]

Life and career[edit]

James was born April 12, 1988 in Vicenza, Italy.[1][3] She began singing at the age of two, and won her first talent contest in Baker, Louisiana at the age of nine singing "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart". She told her mother about the show after hearing about it from her grandmother. By then, she had already been writing songs on a plastic guitar and performed at SeaWorld and in Warner Robins, in 2000. At age fifteen, she made weekly trips to Nashville to hone her songwriting. She had auditioned and was turned down by almost all the country labels in Nashville, with one label head offering a development deal. At seventeen, James was introduced to Carla Wallace of independent label Big Yellow Dog Music, who helped her with her songwriting and singing. One of her songs, "Gypsy Girl", written with two writers from Yellow Dog, had been pitched to American Idol contestant and winner Carrie Underwood. Underwood put it on hold for her record, but nonetheless made it into the hands of record executive David Massey, who brought her to the attention of L.A. Reid. She auditioned for Reid singing her song "My Cowboy", produced by John Rich. James soon inked a contract with Mercury Records.[4] Originally thinking that she would be producing a country record, James was instead told to record a pop album by record executives.[5] She also claimed to have been asked to sound like pop singer Britney Spears.[6] She described the recording process as "intense" as the label sent her to work with hip-hop producers who asked her to sound less country despite her desire to make country music.[5] She described herself in an interview as "a country girl at heart," having grown up listening to the genre, preferring it to pop.[7]

Her debut album, Jessie James, was released in August 2009, debuting at number twenty-three on the Billboard 200. The music on the album was a fusion between country and pop music, with more emphasis placed on the latter as dictated by her label. The album also featured writing credits from James and seasoned pop songwriter Kara DioGuardi and Mitch Allan among others.[7] The album received a mixed reception from critics, Allmusic received the album positively, but found that despite being marketed as such and featuring some country influenced production, the music on the album was far cry from country music.[8] Slant thought that the album only superficially pulled together influences from pop, country and hip-hop while failing to pander to any of those audiences.[9] Its first single, "Wanted", produced by Allan, had been released in April and peaked at number forty on the Billboard Hot 100. She later performed in the Middle East with singer Kid Rock and comedian Carlos Mencia for US troops stationed overseas.[3]

James began working on her second album, Sweet American Dreams,[10] in 2010, initially planned to be released in late summer.[11] The album was to be of the same country-pop sound as her debut, with James being given more leeway by Mercury in incorporating country sounds.[7] The first single, "Boys in the Summer", released in June, was a minor country success but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Having struggled with accepting her career path as a pop singer, James told her label in the midst of preparations for her album that she did not want to be a pop artist and wanted to record country music.[6] After negotiations, Massey asked Mark Wright from Show Dog-Universal Music, which had facilitated the country release of "Boys in the Summer" in November, to help Mercury/IDJ launch James in the country genre.[12] James then began recording in April 2011.[10] "When You Say My Name" was produced by Wright and released on January 31, 2012. "Military Man" was released on May 22, 2012. She was removed from the Show Dog Universal roster in 2013.[13] James released an extended play, Comin' Home, on April 18, 2014.[2]

She stars with her husband Eric Decker in the E! reality show Eric & Jessie: Game On, and in 2014 will join wrestling icon Steve Austin as co-host of Redneck Island.[14]

Musical style and influences[edit]

James co-wrote the majority of the songs on her debut album.[15] The album is of a country pop fusion genre, revealing her taste for not only country music, but pop and soul music as well.[15] The beat for "Blue Jeans" was a recording of James stepping, as she was in the step team in school.[16] Initially, she faced opposition for her soul music-inspired vocal runs when trying to get signed in Nashville.[15] She has listed Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Bobbie Gentry, Janis Joplin, Shelby Lynne, and Shania Twain as influences.[15][17] Initially, she also stated that she wanted a career similar to those of Gentry and Twain, who were signed to pop labels but found crossover success in both country and pop music.[15]

Personal life[edit]

On June 22, 2013, Jessie married Eric Decker,[18][19] a starting wide receiver for the New York Jets[20] of the National Football League who at the time played for the Denver Broncos.[21] In September 2013, it was announced that the couple was expecting their first child together.[22] In November 2013, it was announced that the couple was expecting a baby girl.[23] James gave birth to their daughter, Vivianne Rose Decker, via C section on March 18, 2014.[24]

Discography[edit]

James in December 2009

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions Sales
US
[25]
Jessie James 23
  • US: 120,000

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country
[26]
US
[25]
US Indie
[27]
Comin' Home 5 28 4

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US
[29]
US
Pop

[30]
US Dance
[31]
US Country
[32]
CAN
[33]
2009 "Wanted" 40 23 18 82 Jessie James
"I Look So Good (Without You)"
"My Cowboy"
2010 "Boys in the Summer" 58 N/A
2012 "Military Man" 49
2013 "I Do" 39
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2009 "Wanted" Travis Kopach[35]
"I Look So Good (Without You)" Chris Baldwin[36]
"My Cowboy" Colin Tilley[37]
2010 "Boys in the Summer" Roman White[38]
"Dear John" Roman Dent[39]
2011 "When You Say My Name" Kristin Barlowe[40]

Other appearances[edit]

2010: "Come Undone" (My Darkest Days featuring Jessie James)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Comin Home - EP by Jessie James Decker". iTunes Store. April 18, 2014. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Jessie James official website
  4. ^ Kolenovic, Alisa (June 15, 2009). "Jessie James". Billboard. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt. "New Artist Spotlight: Meet Jessie James". Roughstock.com. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Parton, Chris (March 7, 2012). "Jessie James Reloads for Another Shot in Country". CMT. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c "Jessie James interview". Beatweek. September 7, 2010. Archived from the original on August 26, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ Thomas, Stephen (August 11, 2009). "Jessie James – Jessie James". AllMusic. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Jessie James: Jessie James | Music Review". Slant Magazine. August 10, 2009. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b I Start recording the album next week..., @TheJessieJames (Jessie James official Twitter account)
  11. ^ "Jessie James reveals new album title: Daughter of a Gypsy". Beatweek. July 16, 2010. Archived from the original on August 31, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Headline of the Day – January 18, 2012". Allaccess.com. January 18, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  13. ^ "Artists". Show Dog - Universal Music. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  14. ^ http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/10/08/redneck-island-set-to-return-to-cmt-with-hot-new-twist-on-december-4/312314/
  15. ^ a b c d e "Interview: Jessie James – Singer and Songwriter". Blogcritics.org. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  16. ^ Interview: Jessie James – ARTISTdirect News. Artistdirect.com. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  17. ^ "Artist in the Wings – Jessie James". Top40.about.com. May 28, 2009. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Singer Jessie James Engaged To Broncos' Eric Decker". Starpulse.com. April 3, 2012. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Jessie James-Eric Decker engaged; WrestleMania XXVIII recap: Hot Clicks". Sports Illustrated. April 2, 2012. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Jessie James dating Erick Decker; Logan Morrison's LoMoHawk: Hot Clicks". Sports Illustrated. September 22, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  21. ^ Keeney, Tim (June 23, 2013). "Eric Decker and Jessie James Wedding: Attendees, Photos and Details". Bleacher Report. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  22. ^ Nessif, Bruna (September 21, 2013). "Jessie James Is Pregnant! Country Singer & NFL Hubby Eric Decker Are Expecting Their First Child". E!. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  23. ^ Leon, Anya (November 1, 2013). "It’ll Be a Girl for Eric Decker and Jessie James". People. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Eric Decker and Jessie James Decker Welcome Baby Girl Vivianne Rose!". E!. March 18, 2014. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  25. ^ a b "Jessie James Album & Song Chart History – Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Jessie James Album & Song Chart History – Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Jessie James Album & Song Chart History – Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  28. ^ Conaway, Alanna (April 23, 2014). "Country Music's Top 10 Albums: The Week of April 23, 2014". Roughstock. 
  29. ^ "Jessie James Album & Song Chart History – Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Jessie James Album & Song Chart History – Pop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  31. ^ "Jessie James Album & Song Chart History – Dance/Club Play Songs". Billboard. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  32. ^ "Jessie James Music News & Info". Billboard. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  33. ^ "Jessie James – Wanted – Music Charts". acharts.us. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  34. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum – January 4, 2011: Jessie James certified singles". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  35. ^ "Music Video News: SHOT: Jessie James – Travis Kopach, director". Video Static. April 1, 2009. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  36. ^ "Music Video News: SHOT: Jessie James – Chris Baldwin, director". Video Static. August 14, 2009. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  37. ^ "Music Video News: SHOT: Jessie James – Colin Tilley, director". Video Static. September 21, 2009. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  38. ^ "Music Video News: BOOKED: Jessie James – Roman White, dir". Video Static. May 17, 2010. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  39. ^ "Dear John" music video at Vevo. Vevo.com (September 15, 2010). Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  40. ^ "CMTT Exclusive: 10 Quick Quirky Questions with Jessie James". Country Music Tattle Tale. January 31, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 

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