Jesse Palter

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Jesse Palter (born in Detroit, MI) is an American singer-songwriter. Palter's work ranges from pop to jazz, with multiple areas in between. Jesse signed to Mack Avenue Records and is currently recording a new album.[1]


Palter was born in Detroit, Michigan to a musical family, and raised in the suburb of West Bloomfield.[2] It has been noted that Palter was "singing before she could talk". Palter began piano lessons at the age of 7 and spent her earlier years immersed in musical theater. Palter attended a middle school that specialized in the performing arts, where she began to write music and also learned to play the Oboe and then the trumpet. Palter attended The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor [3] as a Jazz & Contemplative Studies Major.


Palter began singing at a young age, performing in theater productions as a middle-school student. At age 13, Palter began to write her own music and was connected with legendary singer/songwriter/producer Andrew Gold.[4] Palter went to Nashville to collaborate on original material with Gold and put together a demo which garnered interest from various labels. Around age 15, she began working with the Grammy Award-winning production duo the Bass Brothers, known primarily for their work with Eminem.[5]

She launched her jazz career as a teenager, performing in Detroit area clubs including The Firefly Jazz Club in Ann Arbor (now defunct), and Baker's Keyboard Lounge and Cliff Bell's, both in Detroit.[6]

Palter released her debut album, I'm Beginning to See the Light in 2006,[7] for which she was awarded a Detroit Music Award for Best Jazz Album.[8]

In 2009 Palter co-founded, along with pianist Sam Barsh, the electronic pop group Jesse Palter and the Alter Ego, later renamed Palter Ego.[9] The group has released 2 EPs and two albums.

Palter relocated to Los Angeles in 2010 to further pursue her career as a writer and performer.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Palter has been nominated for 9 Detroit Music Awards, of which she has won 6.

She won the Outstanding Jazz Vocalist category in 2006, 2008 and 2009, where she was named a Special Honoree.[10] and won in 3 categories at the 2007 awards (Outstanding Jazz Composer, Outstanding Jazz Vocalist, and Outstanding Jazz Album)[11]

Palter also received 3 nominations at the 2011 awards.[12]