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Jessie Smith

Songwriter
Jessie Smith is a swampy Soul singer/songwriter from Nashville. She has developed a sound that is unapologetically genuine, combining her passion for old Soul music and her natural, Georgia drawl. Her muddy river musicality courses through Al Green, Gladys Knight, Billie Holiday, Mavis Staple singers, Sam Cook, Otis Redding, the haunting tradition of field hollers, and the messy side of life for a dark, redemptive quality. “What I want in my own music is the sound of crying. When I sing, I want my voice to sound like weeping,” she confides. “I want to rattle cages.”