Date of Interview: 04/29/2009
© 2009 Clayton Perry
Nearly a decade after the meteoric success of Shania Twain, Jessie James is staking her claim to become one of America’s marquee pop starlets. And looking at the current musical landscape, Jessie James may be the breakout star of 2009.
As with all new artists, comparisons are bound to arise—especially with the presence of best-selling artists like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. But Jessie James stands apart, however, through her songwriting prowess, which better suits an audience that would allow for pop chart dominance. Take “Wanted,” Jessie James’ lead single, for example, which is quite reminiscent of Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle” years.
Although the future is unpredictable, call me clairvoyant. Ten years from now, the world will distinctly remember—and fondly address—the name of Jessie James.
Upon review of her debut album, Jessie James managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on Bobbie Gentry, “Wanted,” and the long road to Mercury Records.