DYNAMIC SINGER ★ TOPLINE WRITER ★ ARTIST Jessie Wagner, current backing vocalist for Lenny Kravitz, has toured with Chic, Kid Rock, Stevie Van Zandt and Duran Duran. Her powerful yet articulate vocal style allows her to handle EDM, RnB, Gospel, Soul, Hip Hop and Rock with ease. Book her today to take your track to the next level!
Jessie is a rising star in the music world. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, her career blossomed when her live performance caught the attention of Bo Bice, and she began singing and touring with his band, Sugar Money. Shortly after completing the tour, Jessie took a leap of faith and moved to New York City, the perfect setting for her talent to shine.
Her big break happened when renowned drummer Omar Hakim had audition for legendary disco band Chic where she became one of the lead singers. This the launching pad led to her destiny. If Lenny Kravitz, Duran Duran, Chic, Stevie Van Zandt and Kid Rock weren't enough, Jessie has also had the honor of singing with artists from all facets of the music industry, including Patti Labelle, Sir Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Sister Sledge, Musiq, the Pointer Sisters, Bebe Winans, Eric Bene and she has performed live at such prestigious venues as the Montreux Jazz Festival, the legendary Roskilde Rock Festival, and the Grammys.
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Reviews (21)Endorse ✪ Jessie Wagner
Fast, Good and Easy to work with.. On to the next project!!!
Love working with! Has worked amazingly with me and I really appreciate the effort
Great Vocal, super talented, fast delivery and best quality
looking forward to work with Jessie on another project.
Great singer, excellent vocalist. Really helps she is an easy person to work with and really delivered the job very well done and fast as well. I am so happy and definitely will work with her again and recommend her as: AAAA++++
Did a cover for me and nailed it! Recommended. Efficient and reliable. Will work with her again!
Wonderful. Listened to what i had to say. Was prompt.
Jessie nailed the vocal I was seeking for my song. She has great intonation and phrasing, and she really added the right character to the vocal track. Her engineer, Rob deserves kudos as well. They are both attentive to details and communication throughout the process. Looking forward to the next project!
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I brought my song to Jessie & her producer Rob, SO glad I did! All I had was an IPhone recording & they turned it into an incredible jam that sounds ready for radio! Jessie picked up instinctively everything I wanted, put so much time in & gave me just what I needed. And Jessie's voice is such a force, wow. Look no further, she's the one to hire!
Absolute pleasure to work with. Very flexible and delivers on time in top notch quality. Her sound engineer Rob also played a crucial role in getting the stems to us on time. Great work between the both of them not only in sound quality but great communication. Jessie provided a wicked vocal and lyricism in a quick and efficient manner! Smashed it
Another satsifying project with Jessie and she delivered just what was needed for this one. Great working with you again. Many thanks!
Fantastic voice and very professional to work with. She delivered as promised and on schedule. A+++
Jessie and her producer Rob created the BEST foot tapping, head bobbing, and shoulder moving melody for me. I am thrilled with results of this project. I could not be happier. I can't wait to place this music online for the world to hear it too. They were fantastic: easy to work, eager to please, and very professional. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM.
amazing voice and great to work with!
I composed a song and needed a stellar female vocalist to sing the chorus/harmonies/adlibs. After receiving the track back and listening to it I was truly amazed. She has a very powerful voice and will definetly contribute to making your song most memorable. I highly recommend Jessie and look forward to her working on my next project. **Cheers**
Very professional, kind and with a beautiful voice. Looking forward to working together again!
I have had the pleasure of working with Jessie (as engineer) on several recordings and not only does she rock many genres (progressive house, NU disco, RnB and soul), but her vocal range is stellar and desire to make everything exceptional is refreshing. She gives 100% to making every vocal as best as possible for the song and client. Plus she's a great songwriter.
Super easy to work with and such a great voice! She cut sweet leads and harmonies, delivered on time, takes direction well and has great vibe and feel.
If you want the lead vocals to pop on your EDM track, Jessie is the only choice. Her vocal range and ability to sing for the song made our record bang!!
Jessie is fierce! If you want a vocal that's pure fire, look no further. A total pro with a dynamic voice and super chill to work with.
Jessie is the utmost professional, easy to work with, amazing range, feel and tone to her voice and has a knack for crafting a sweet top line. If you want your track taken to the next level, book her!!
Interview with ✪ Jessie Wagner
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently writing a R&B/pop hook for a client right here on Soundbetter. : )
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: We use a modifed SE Electronics Z5600a II tube mic (with a vintage Telefunken tube), a Rupert Neve Portico 5017 mic pre/comp into an Apollo Twin thunderbolt audio interface. Of course, numerous plug ins are available including Sonnox, Slate, Lexicon, Sly-fi, Exponential Audio, Fab Filter, UAD, Valhalla, Celemony and VocAlign.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: There's a song on Kid Rock's Rebel Soul album called Chicken in the Pen. That song throws back to the songs I mentioned before - with the featured background singer wailing her heart out. I was that wailer. I loved how they used my voice throughout the song. What I performed added the finishing touches that the song needed. It's one of my proudest vocal performances.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Brent Kolatalo is a brilliant mix engineer.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: These days I prefer a combination of both. Analog is still warmer and has a vibe to it but the digital world has opened up so many doors and is sounding better and better.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to work hard to give you the musical interpretation you want for your song.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Giving life to a song. Your musical interpretation determines how people will connect with a song. It's exciting to find the perfect tone that gives the song the right feel. It's breathing life into music. That's truly fulfilling.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What was it like singing with (fill in the blank)? My reply? It was awesome!!!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Many people think this isn't work but very often you work harder when pursuing your passion and there's the same stress as when you have a nine to five job. Performing is incredible but there is a lot of work that goes into music as art.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have a reference of the type of sound you want? Do you want vocal options? What is the time frame for your project? Do you need additional lyrics? Would you want an alternative melody?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I will strive to give them the right feel and sound for their project. Again, I'm diverse and can deliver options.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A laptop, mic, an interface, a guitar and someone to play it!! LOL
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been very fortunate to sing with some of the greatest performers of our time. I cut my teeth singing with Nile Rodgers and Chic. When I wanted to perform with a rock artist, because my personal music is heavily flavored in rock, I started singing with Kid Rock. From there, I got to work with, Lenny Kravitz, who is the type of artist I want to be. My musical arc has been worthwhile and fulfilling.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: While my voice naturally lends itself to dance music, I consider myself as a pop/rock/soul singer. I'm not too much in one direction, but a hybrid of the three.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I think I would really enjoy working with Dave Matthews. I've always enjoyed the way he plays with melodies. He's got a great folky pop blend. I think we would sing well together.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be afraid to experiment, it's really cool right now to blend genres, set your creative expression free!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on a variety. I've written pop, EDM, rock, and soul and I've sang on various records from hip hop to rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm a great belter. I like old school wailers on songs like Give Me Shelter, and the Great Gig in the Sky. I feel I'm akin to those types of singers.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I'm very diverse. I can give different interpretations, depending on what the client needs. I also try to bring the emotion behind the story.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When given a song, I like to sit with it for a while and let it speak to me. That's especially so for writing. I usually hear a hook first, then I'll write a verse once I know what the song will be about. The music tells me the subject, unless the artist I'm working with requests a particular topic.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by my boss, Lenny Kravitz because of his ability to traverse several musical plains but remain true to himself. He's a rock star in every way, but he's done R&B, Funk, Pop, you name it. I love artists that are part chameleon.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly sing backgrounds for my clients, but I've also been asked to write lyrics when needed.