Jesse Keith Whitley
Jesse Keith Whitley has generations of country music pumping through his veins. The son of Lorrie Morgan and the late Keith Whitley, and grandson of Grand Ole Opry legend George Morgan, Jesse was born with the gift of singing and songwriting. At age 23, Jesse has launched into his own career by signing with Octabrook Entertainment for touring and recording projects.
His debut EP, Kentucky Thunder (produced by James Stroud) includes the rockin’ country title cut, a poignant cover of his father’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes”—with back-up vocals courtesy of Mom!—and “Can’t Drive You From My Mind” which Jesse co-wrote with Jon Randall (“Whiskey Lullaby”).
Jesse has toured with his mother, playing popular venues in the Nashville area and all across the country. His performances have driven packed houses to their feet as he delivers his own brand of country, a mix of heartfelt ballads, southern rock and hard drivin’ country.
He may have sprung from music legends, but Jesse is no “re-run.” Kentucky Thunder provides the different sides of Jesse Keith and his music. He embraces his traditional country roots and includes a pleasing mix of outlaw country, rough and raw southern rock, and a tender side as well.
“I know I have big shoes to fill,” Jesse says, “but I want to do it my own way. I am so grateful that my name has opened doors, but I plan to earn the right to stay inside those doors.”
It is clear that Jesse Keith Whitley is eager to craft his own distinctive style as both a singer and songwriter while still tipping his hat to tradition. This third generation singer/songwriter is here to work and here to stay.
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