+ MACKENZY MACKAY
Jessie Murph etches raw emotion into strikingly sincere songs laced with country-style storytelling, hip hop-infused production, alternative experimentation, and unassuming pop appeal. Holding nothing back, she’s so honest about issues such as mental health, depression, and addiction that she practically leaves blood and tears on the recordings. The 18-year-old Alabama vocalist and songwriter has quietly emerged as a phenomenon on her own terms. As the story goes, she channeled the pain of dysfunction at home, school bullying, and an archaic climate of misogyny into music as a teen. She took the reins and built an audience on social media in 2020.
Her breakout single “Always Been You” picked up a gold plaque and affirmed her as a buzzing powerhouse, bulldozing the way for her 2023 debut mixtape, drowning [Columbia Records]. The project spawned fan favorites such as “Pray,” “How Could You,” and “Where Do You Go” as she gathered over 1 billion total streams and counting. Genius, Pandora, and Amazon Music pegged her as a 2023 “Artist to Watch.” Simultaneously, she incited the applause of Billboard, Spin, Stereogum, Consequence, and Flaunt who proclaimed, “she injects passion, emotion, and storytelling in her lyrics, inspired by real-life occurrences we can all confide in and relate to.”
Bringing the music to life on stage, the songstress sold out her 2023 North American Headline Tour and landed prominent sets along the summer festival circuit including Hangout Music Festival, Lollapalooza, and Life Is Beautiful, to name a few. Now, Jessie continues to cut deep, beginning with the single “Cowboys and Angels” and her biggest tour yet on the horizon.