World Intellectual Property Day,
Jessi Alexander is an American county music singer-songwriter. She was born in a small town halfway between Memphis and Nashville. Her sultry voice expresses the pain, longing, and despair of the music and life of the region.
Alexander moved to Nashville after leaving Middle Tennessee State University, where she studied social work by day and played in bands by night. Instead of playing for tips in the bars along Broadway, Alexander sought out musicians from whom she could learn and who could help her develop from bar singer to full-fledged artist. That happened through songwriting, she says, and the results are evident in the 11 cuts of Honeysuckle Sweet, each of which she at least cowrote. Honeysuckle Sweet, Alexander's debut album released in March 2005 on Columbia, introduced an artist without boundaries, whose confidence in herself and her roots shone through in each cut.
Working with coproducer Gary Nicholson and writing with Nicholson, Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), and Darrell Scott, among others, Alexander found her musical self. What comes through is a new voice, strong and proud, unafraid to tap into the best of the past while forging its own sound.
Alexander spent time as a Warner-Chappell music writer, and Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, and others on country's A-list have recorded her songs. She also cowrote Miley Cyrus's single "The Climb" for the film Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009).
Alexander is influenced by The Band, Bob Wills, Karla Bonoff, Bonnie Raitt, and Little Feat.
Alexander has been involved with NSAI's legislative efforts and has performed on NSAI benefit shows.