|Birth name||James Wesley Essex|
|Born||1975 (age 38–39)
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Origin||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Genres||Hip hop, RnB|
James Wesley Essex, better known by his stage name J-Wess, is an American-Australian hip hop and R&B music producer. J-Wess is currently in the studio working on new music to follow up his most recent single titled 'Get Down'. He is based out of Los Angeles, California and Melbourne, Victoria. His sole album, J-Wess Presents Tha LP, reached the top twenty in Australia in 2005, and included three hit singles.
J-Wess was born in Los Angeles, California and played basketball in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) while studying business finance at college. In 1999, J-Wess was invited to Australia to train with the Gold Coast Rollers, a National Basketball League team based on the Gold Coast, Australia. The Gold Coast Rollers folded shortly after he arrived and he moved to Adelaide to play with the Woodville Warriors and the South Adelaide Panthers in the subsidiary Australian Basketball Association.
In the middle of 2003, J-Wess's first single, "Bang This", was released. It garnered airplay on Australian radio and Australian video programs, peaked at No.18 on the ARIA singles charts, and reached the top ten of the Australian urban and dance charts.
His album J-Wess Presents Tha LP was released on 5 April 2004 and debuted in the Australian top 20 album charts of 12 April 2004, peaking at No.19.
A third single, "Luv Ya", debuted at No.15 on 7 June, and was written about the encounters J-Wess had with an exotic waitress he met at a surbuban melbourne cafe. 2004.
A fourth single "Fantasy" was planned, with a music video filmed, but due to the "Luv Ya" and "Tha LP" not selling to their expectations, Fantasy was scrapped.
J-Wess had announced his new single 'Anything For You' from his upcoming album "The Director's Cut". The single was released on June 10.
- J-Wess Presents Tha LP (2004) #19 AUS
- Bang This (2003) #18 AUS
- What Chu Want (2003) #10 AUS
- Luv Ya (2004) #15 AUS
- Fantasy (2004)
- Anything for You (2009)