Country Rockin' Goodness...

The percentage of aspiring musicians from suburban cover bands who never step out of the shadows of the local bar’s live music scene is unsurprisingly large. To lift the impossible weight of anonymity nowadays takes more than just big dreams. It takes big talent.

Coming from a musical background, Jesse Joice first picked up a guitar when he was nine years old and cites his dad and grandparents as his original teachers. After a slew of lessons from family members, a local instructor, and the years-long process of honing his crafts—vocals and songwriting, in addition to guitar—he was just fifteen when he first felt the heat of stage lights.

After spending five years fronting local cover band Another Alibi, the Tulsa native had his first brush with fame when he appeared on season twelve of American Idol in 2013, making it to the top fifty guys before heading back to Oklahoma to focus on a more self-propelled shot at success. A year and a half and one trip to Tennessee later, Joice found himself in Nashville under the wing of Jamie Tate, a Grammy and Emmy award-winning recording engineer and producer.

Though the country crooner had more taste for blues/rock as a kid, he began writing seriously in 2009 and realized he felt most at home under the influences of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jonny Lang. Now with one boot planted firmly on each side of the fence between rock and country, he credits some of Nashville’s most established songwriters for assisting him in his first major musical endeavor, including Gary Morgan (HIS ACHIEVEMENTS???), Grammy-nominated Will Hoge, who wrote Eli Young Band’s #1 hit “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” and Brett James, who has co-written with fellow Oklahoman Carrie Underwood.

With all the downhome grit expected from a modern country artist, Joice’s smooth gravel voice slides over each chorus just as easily as his guitar solos (worthy of major air-guitar shredding) will impress hardcore rock/country acolytes. Joice has proven his versatility through his variety in style, having read the books and studied the formulas on how to construct a hit song, and his family attests to his self-disciplined nature.

The grinding guitars and hip-swaying chorus of his single “Oklahoma Weather” won’t disappoint fans of Jason Aldean’s “She’s Country” and presents the catch-me-if-you-can type of girl Taylor Swift wishes she could be. With verses that build to a powerhouse chorus like the calm before a storm, future cover bands are bound to bump it to the top of their set list by crowd demand. “Like I Ain’t From Around Here” reflects his roots—“We could roll down south to Snake Creek/Sit and talk on Cry Baby Bridge”—and is just the tune for small-town kids to blast from the speakers of their jacked-up pickups as they welcome the weekend. Also including anthem-like two-steppers and slowed down odes to his Midwestern roots, his five-song EP was released in 2015.

Jesse is currently working on his second EP! In 2016 he teamed up with producer Art Ward of Century Music Group in Nashville, TN. The release is predicted to be early 2019!