JeSánte
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JeSánte

New York City, New York, United States

New York City, New York, United States
R&B Acid Jazz

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Yet another new name to celebrate on the vibrant soul scene in 2008. Jessi Colasante, although diminutive in frame heralds a powerful voice equal to that of the powerful India who appears on many Masters At Work productions (check her “Backfired” for a barn-stormin' performance!) Jessi has a voice that can twist and turn in any direction and has the same rare ability that Ledisi has. Take the opening song, a warm soul mid tempo cut that sounds intimately recorded in a small studio, and live to boot. The driving rhythm is an instant winner, the percussion and acoustic guitar barely restrained, eager to give more, and at the end of the song they certainly do, pretty much in a Teena Marie “Portuguese Love” sort of style – the Brazilian rhythms kick in and make an already toothsome song extra spicy for the palette of the good music connoisseur. This is not unique, Jessi's love of all things Rio bubbles to the surface quite nicely and much to my approval. The wistful “Am I Supposed To” is gentle by definition; a reflective piece that struggles with its own sense of desire and the need not to be hurt. Songs like this from Independent artists can sometimes come across as too personal and too introspective; written for their own healing process more than the pleasure of the listeners, but I don't feel this is the case here. The mournful nature of the song is not at all depressing, the strings add an extra urgency and you can hear an important ingredient in her voice that is missing from much R&B today and that is determination, strength and courage. The tempo, though, does not languish in the pain of relationship troubles for long. A salsa dip arrangement and rollicking beat supersedes this with the vibrant “Inside Out”. One of my favourites is “In My Life” with its leading keys and Afro-Cuban percussion, and the superb slinky jazz number of “My Necessary”, which reminds me of Angela Johnson's type of work, but with a strong Latin slant. If you like a hi-hat 70s vibe then “Are You Ready For Me” should contain enough ingredients to satisfy. I love this, but prefer the jollity of “Rhythm Of Our Lives” more. I personally think that this Lady tends to work better on the uptempo grooves, and her ability to weave in a Latin sound does nothing but add lustre. Well worth checking out.
- Barry Towler


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Check out her latest performance @ www.jesantemusic.com

JeSánte is living her dreams. The young New Yorker has dedicated her life to singing and continues to wow audiences all over the world.

JeSánte’s mother (also a singer) realized her daughter’s gift at an early age and had her take vocal training before she could ride a bike. Though she stopped her vocal studies during high school, she restarted them during college and knew she had the spark.

JeSánte recently released her debut album titled Jessi Colasante, a collection of songs that highlight her incredible vocal range and musical diversity. She and her band run the gamut from Latin beats to funky soul to slow jazz to Afro-Cuban downtempo to everything in between.

Though the songs vary in style, they are similar in theme. “My lyrics mirror my life,” she explains. “I want people to know that there are many struggles when moving toward your dream, it is not easy, but the fight is worth it when you get there!”

Currently, she regularly tours and performs with a 10-piece ensemble featuring some of New York’s finest musicians. “They all are seasoned musicians,” she says, “having played with such artist as Fat Boy Slim, Gloria Estefan, Roy Ayers and Brand New Heavies, just to name a few.” They perform regularly in New York, Las Vegas and Ibiza and South America. She also frequently collaborates with various DJ’s from New York and Europe.

JeSánte continues to tour in support of her debut album and is now working on her second album.

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