Jesse Witney - Open Studio
Whether busking the ukulele on the street, rocking his electric guitar on stage, creating beats with his feet, looping sounds, or singing melodies around a campfire, Jesse Witney shares powerful messages through song. Transporting listeners to their hearts, and back again, Jesse is an independent artist who weaves diverse musical styles into his work.
Jesse’s innate musical understanding and infectious energy see him form dedicated fans wherever in the world he finds himself – whether it be shows in Brazil and Hawaii, intimate house concerts in his home country Australia, or at festivals such as Splendour in the Grass (Australia), Woodford (Australia), East Side Music Days (Germany), and Square & Compass Jazz Festival (UK).
With his list of performing achievements growing as you read this, Jesse seeks to remain true to his calling and draw on his ability to create meaningful connections. He is currently working on his next album to be recorded in Australia and Brazil.
Hailing from Gympie – A small Australian town – Jesse’s humble beginnings as the youngest child in a musical household were alive with the sounds of the banjo, clarinet and guitar. And if you came to the house and there was silence, you’d soon hear Jesse dancing around the house singing Britney Spears or The Spice Girls to annoy his dearly beloved.
In high school, after accepting a boy band wasn’t his calling, Jesse formed a punk rock band – aptly named Better Than Britney – before going on to study contemporary music/guitar performance at Southern Cross University in Lismore, New South Wales. It was here he had a chance encounter with a Brazilian guitar. Captivated, Jesse immersed himself in learning the culture. A year later he was in Brazil.
His first visit lasted seven months, marking the beginning of major influences to his musical style and collaborations. His has created Brazilian bands in cities around the world and sings fluently in Portuguese.
With a thirst for experience, Jesse has travelled and lived in Australia, Europe and South America, creating connections with individuals and cultures, and bringing to life two EPs: Dynamo and Be It.
Be It, which was produced with Phil Stack of Thirsty Merc, took him on tour around Australia. It was in this time that he was recruited to be a contestant on The Voice Australia. Opting to remain an independent artist, he instead busked the streets of Byron Bay, and moved to Berlin.
In Berlin Jesse formed a trio and went on tour around Germany, making important industry contacts with local producers. On a visit back to Australia, he fell from a roof while performing a house concert and was lucky not to have broken his back. Naturally, he took this poignant experiene to write new music, and instead moved to Melbourne.
It is there that you will now find him working on the release of his next album, due mid 2019. And with upcoming events in Australia, Europe and Brazil, stay tuned for tour dates and more exciting content.
To support the creation of his next album please visit his Kickstarter page https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1992470834/jesse-witney-debut-album
"Every now and then you find a singer/songwriter that changes your mood every time you see them… they light up the room, indulge your senses, incite wild smiling and leave you buzzing from their good energy…. Jesse Witney is that character for me" – Pete Longworth, 2x New York Independent Film Festival Winner
“I have been repeatedly and deeply impressed by Jesse’s musicianship, professionalism and dedication” Paul Bromley, Australian Musician, Producer and Aria Award Winner
“A Beautiful Husky Voice” Sarah Howell, JJJ ‘Roots & All’ Presenter
“Beyond a shadow of a doubt Jesse turned out to be one of the most talented guitar players that I have taught in the 20 years that I have been at the University” Jim Kelly, Crossfire Member, Australian Guitar Legend and University Professor (Southern Cross University)