Jessie Chris is an American country musician who splits her time between Nashville and Massachusetts. I had the chance to chat with her just before she hopped a flight to Nashville for the CMA Awards in Nashville. I have to say you could tell by just talking to her how much passion she has in everything she is involved in. I am telling y’all right now, make sure you keep Jessie Chris on your radar because I see big things coming her way! Here is a little bit of background on her we got off her website for you.
At 18 years old Jessie was the youngest performer at the 2015 CMA Festival and has opened for iconic artists to include Luke Bryan, Chris Young, John Rich, Trace Adkins and Billy Ray Cyrus and has performed at The Country Music Hall of Fame. She recently released her new single “BURN” to radio. She returned to the CMA Festival in 2017 with a performance on the Radio Disney Country Stage.
She has been a proud supporter and one of the faces of Disney’s #ChooseKindness Anti-Bullying Campaign. She recently joined Kelsea Ballerini, LOCASH, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina on the Disney healing anthem “The Human Race” which reached #6 on iTunes Hot Tracks.
We hope you enjoy and again, thank you Jessie Chris for chatting with us and all that you are doing from music to helping out good people!
B Chord: Tell us a little about your past month and what has been going on in the world of Jessie Chris?
Jessie Chris: For the past month or so, I have actually been working on my next album which is coming out in 2018. I have also been doing a lot of school and anti-bullying shows and I’m also working on getting a children’s book published.
B Chord: I absolutely love your song “Burn.” Is it off your debut album Wildfires or was it an older song you then released?
Jessie Chris: Aww thank you so much! Well, “Burn” is completely separate and will actually be on my next album and it is transitioning into my next sound. I am really looking forward to it.
B Chord: Tell us a little about the writing process. Did you write this on your own or did you have a co-writer?
Jessie Chris: Me and the producer David Spencer wrote that song.
B Chord: Where did you film the video for “Burn?”
Jessie Chris: The video was filmed in Rhode Island. The director is really good at scouting out locations. The location that he chose looked like it was a movie set but it was a real neighborhood that looked perfect. It was really a lot of fun! I even had my own fake house for it.
B Chord: We have to ask and I think that I already know the answer, but you have a new album in the works. When can we expect it to be released?
Jessie Chris: Definitely in 2018. I am hoping in January.
B Chord: How did it feel when you found out you were the first country artist to win the Elvis Duran Artist of the Month and got the chance to play on NBC’s Today Show?
Jessie Chris: Oh that was insane! I still don’t feel like that actually happened. I’m definitely very grateful and it still blows my mind.
B Chord: You have opened for some incredible artists such as: Luke Bryan, Chris Young, John Rich and Billy Ray Cyrus to name a few. You have opened for all of them are there any awesome stories that come to mind from any of these performances?
Jessie Chris: One of my favorite experiences was getting to sing with Billy Ray Cyrus because I grew up watching him on Hannah Montana with his daughter. We got to sing “Achy Breaky Heart” and it made my childhood complete. Multiple generations know of him.
B Chord: How is Willow the hedgehog doing? Does Willow tour with you?
Jessie Chris: Willow is my best friend’s hedgehog. She brought it over the other night for girls’ night to watch a movie. Willow is a girl so she was allowed to hang out with us for movie night.
B Chord: So one of the coolest things we have heard about you, is that you are an advocate for the #choosekindness anti-bullying campaign. Can you give us some background about how and why you decided to join this awesome group?
Jessie Chris: I have been traveling around doing an anti-bullying campaigns since the age of sixteen. Disney asked me to be the face for their Choose Kindness campaign. I am now the face for Sylvania Light’s Be The Light campaign. It was really neat to have these large companies jump on board of something that I believe strongly in and having their support. They are all just really cool people and I am glad to be on board with them.
B Chord: What is the one thing you miss most when you aren’t in the Boston area?
Jessie Chris: Oh, the one thing I miss the clam chowder because it is not the same anywhere else. People say it is good but it not the same and it just tastes so bad.
B Chord: Do you say Pop?
Jessie Chris: No, but I have cousins that live in the mid-west that do. We just say soda.
B Chord: You are on your way to Nashville for the CMA awards. Do you have anything lined up when you get there?
Jessie Chris: Just a bunch of interviews, meeting up with friends and industry people and attending the show. I also will be attending some after parties. It will be a lot of fun.
B Chord: Do you have a favorite female artist that you would like to see win tonight?
Jessie Chris: That is a really hard question since there are so many talented women. I really feel it is hard to just pick one. I was really excited to see Pink will be there.
B Chord: We ask every artist the same question and here it goes, you are stranded on an island and you can take only one instrument with you. What would the instrument be and why?
Jessie Chris: It would have to be the ukulele, because it would keep me in the island mood. I barely know how to play it, but it would give me something to learn while being stranded.
I really want to thank Jessie Chris so much for doing this and taking the time out of her schedule to talk to us. Please look below and listen to her music and follow her on all her links.
Jessie Chris Website – http://www.jessiechris.com/#home-section
Disney’s Choose Kindness Anti-Bullying Campaign – http://www.jessiechris.com/disneys-choosekindness-campaign/
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/6YxWDABWMd8Jpv6pzGofDn
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wildfire/id1018516438