Jesse Brand

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Jesse Brand
Jesse Brand Live At The 2014 Texas music Awards.jpeg
Jesse Brand 2014 Texas Music Awards
Background information
Birth name Jesse David Brand
Born Ferndale, Washington, United States
Genres country, rock
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, Actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, bass guitar, drums, banjo, mandolin
Years active 1999–present
Labels FiveSlumpRecords (2004–present)

Jesse David Brand is an award winning Songwriter, Musician, Actor, and Small Business Owner.[1][2] [3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Jesse Brand was born in Ferndale, Washington. He is the youngest son of Steve Brand, former touring musician, playing drums and guitar for Country Music acts David Frizzell, Tex Williams, Rose Maddox, Rusty Draper, and Forrest Lee Sr, as well as touring with Rock and Roll bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival and Steppenwolf [5] and Gail Brand, an American Sign Language Interpreter and schoolteacher. He spent five years in the MPFL (minor professional football league) with the North Texas Stampede (Fort Worth, Texas) and Northwest Avalanche [6] (Bellingham, Washington). Jesse lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he, in 2016, opened a local small business called Exhale Massage and Wellness.[7][8]

In late 2015, Brand made national news headlines when he reportedly had an altercation at a Nashville Waffle House restaurant, involving a disabled homeless United States Marine Corps Veteran, and employees at the restaurant. After playing a concert in Nashville, Brand and an unnamed companion stopped at a local Waffle House for something to eat, when he noticed a disabled homeless man walking across the parking lot. The altercation occurred when Brand invited the man to sit and eat with he and his companion, and were allegedly refused service by employees, due to the man's "dirty clothes". Brand allegedly became irate, when they were informed that the homeless man's wheel chair and sleeping bag had been thrown away by restaurant employees, and got in touch with Waffle House vice president of culture, Pat Warner. It was reported that the following day, Brand contacted WSMV, the local Nashville affiliate station of NBC, which is when the story went viral. Jesse was quoted as saying "for anybody to treat him differently because of the clothes he was wearing? It's deplorable.” He said “He's my buddy, my friend. I'm going to stand up for him.” [9]

Music career[edit]

During a 2011 interview on Talk It Up TV, Brand stated his dreams of a musical future started when he was six years old, while watching his father's band... "I saw what music did to those people, and I at that moment, made a conscious decision. I said to myself, that's what I'm gonna do with my life."[10] He has shared stages with acts such as Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, The Doobie Brothers, and has been in bands with Audley Freed and Charlie Daniels. To date, Jesse Brand has released 11 albums under his own label, FiveSlumpRecords, and is considered an important figure among today's songwriters "...prolific, elegant, beautiful and dark... he is one of the last of the true hardcore troubadours. In 2014, Jesse Brand won the Award for "Song of the Year", from the Academy of Texas Music, for his song "Praying For Rain". He was also nominated for "Male Vocalist of the Year", the same year.[11][12][13][14][15]


List of film credits
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Lone Star 3 Episodes
2013–Present Nashville Musician/Roadie
2014 Get on Up (film) Musician/Paris Concert
2015 The Dust Storm Musician
2015–Present Still the King Elvis Impersonator
2016 "Rounding Third"
2016 Rectify 1 Episode


  • Live From The White Elephant (2004)
  • Pills Booze and Grass (2005)
  • The Cocaine Sessions (2006)
  • 3 Steps To The Wishing Well (2007)
  • Tuggin' On The Devil's Sleeve (2008)
  • The Unreleased Bull Sessions (2008)
  • The Suicide Tapes (Unreleased) (2008)
  • 28 Days (2009)
  • Through The Fire (2009)
  • Back Here On The Floor (Wisely and Slow) (2010)
  • When The Dust Settles Vol 1 (2013)
  • When The Dust Settles Vol 2 (2014)
  • The Charlie French Tapes (Working Title) (2015) - In Production
  • It Is What It Is (2015) - In Production

Nominations and awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
Academy of Texas Music|2014 "Praying For Rain" Song of the Year Won
Academy of Texas Music|2014 "When The Dust Settles" Male Vocalist of the Year" Nominated
Big Star Music Awards|2014 "When The Dust Settles" Nominated


  • 2014 Won Academy of Texas Music "Song of the Year" for "Praying For Rain"
  • 2014 Nominated Academy of Texas Music "Male Vocalist of the Year" for When The Dust Settles.
  • 2014 Nominated Big Star Music Awards "Male Vocalist of the Year"[16]


  1. ^ "Live Laugh Love Nashville Small Business of the Week". Live Laugh Love Nashville. 2016. 
  2. ^ "IMDB Bio". International Movie Database. 2016. 
  3. ^ "Academy of Texas Music Awards Nominees". Academy of Texas Music. 2014. 
  4. ^ "Jesse Brand Praying For Rain". CD Baby. 2013. 
  5. ^ "Birch Bay Man Fulfills Dream". Northern Lights. 2006. 
  6. ^ "NW Avalanche Roster-Jesse Brand". Northwest Football League. 2003. 
  7. ^ "Jesse Brand LinkedIn". LinkedIn. 2016. 
  8. ^ "Jesse Brand". Bellingham Herald Newspaper. April 23, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Musician stands up for homeless vet who was kicked out of Waffle House". WSMV. 2015. 
  10. ^ "Talk It Up TV". TalkItUp TV. June 24, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Jesse Brand-Last of the True Hard Core Troubadours". Eventful Concert Promotions and Ticket Sales. 2011. 
  12. ^ "Nashville Universe Jesse Brand". Nashville Universe. 2014. 
  13. ^ "True Country-Jesse Brand". TalkItUp TV. June 24, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Jesse Brand Train – Back Here On The Floor". Johan Schoenmakers - Alt Country Forum. January 11, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Academy of Texas Music Award Nominees". Academy of Texas Music. 2014. 
  16. ^ "2013 Academy Award Nominees". Academy of Texas Music. 2014. 

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