Jesse Clegg is a South African singer-songwriter whose 2008 debut album, When I Wake Up, and his 2011 follow up, Life On Mars, have made the young artist a platinum-selling success in his home country.
After the widespread acclaim of his first album, Jesse worked with 3-time Grammy-winning Canadian producer David Bottrill (Muse, Tool, Placebo) on his second album. Recorded in Toronto and mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig, the album was a successful follow up to his debut release and spawned 2 top 10 singles in SA.
In 2014, Jesse brought his music to the international stage. He embarked on a seven week tour across the United States and Canada, which comprised of 32 shows in 31 cities. In June, Jesse performed on the main stage at UK’s Isle of Wight Festival.
2015 saw Jesse returning to studio to record new material for his 3rd studio release, entitled Things Unseen. Produced by SAMA nominated Denholm Harding, the first single, Use Me, was released in July, and immediately started charting on national radio, reaching the No. 1 spot on several stations. It remained in the iTunes Top 40 for 3 months.
The 2nd single, Souvenir, was released in December, and the album was launched in June 2016 at a sold out event in Johannesburg. The latest single Breathing features a collab with one of South Africa’s hotest young acts, Shekhinah. It has met wide-spread acclaim and high rotation playlisting on National stations. Jesse has just returned from his 2nd North American tour, where he played 36 shows across America and Canada.
Descending from a musical family, Jesse spent the first six years of his life on tour with his father, iconic South African singer Johnny Clegg. He has released 5 Top 10 singles and toured extensively throughout South Africa, playing the biggest festivals in the country. As an official ambassador for the Nelson Mandela 46664 foundation, Jesse was invited to play at Radio City Music Hall in New York for the annual Mandela Day Concert. He has been nominated for three South African Music Awards over the course of his career.