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Jesse & Joy (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈɟʝesi i ˈʝoi]) is a Mexican pop duo formed in 2005 by brother and sister: Jesse, (born December 31, 1982, as Jesse Eduardo Huerta Uecke[1]) and Joy, (born June 20, 1986,[2] as Tirzah Joy Huerta Uecke[3]), in Mexico City. The duo have released four studio albums, one live album and one EP on Warner Music Latin, have toured internationally, and have accumulated a Best Latin Album Grammy Award and six Latin Grammy Awards in various categories.

Jesse & Joy
Jesse & Joy by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Jesse (left) and Joy (right) in 2017
Background information
OriginMexico City, Mexico
GenresPop rock, Latin pop, folk
Occupation(s)Singers, songwriters, multi-instrumentalists
Years active2005–present
LabelsWarner Music Latina
Websitejesseyjoy.com
MembersJesse Eduardo Huerta Uecke
(1982-12-31) December 31, 1982 (age 36)
Tirzah Joy Huerta Uecke
(1986-06-20) June 20, 1986 (age 33)

"Jesse & Joy are probably some of the purest, most talented artists of our generation," wrote Latin Times.[4]

Contents

Early life and careerEdit

 
Jesse & Joy at the 13th Annual Latin Grammy Awards

The Huerta Uecke siblings were born in Mexico City to a Mexican father and American mother.[5] In 2001, inspired by their parents love for classic, rock and folk music, when they were 18 and 15 years old, respectively, they began writing music and songs with their father using instruments from his church, which they attended when they were small.

Jesse & Joy signed with the Warner Music Latina group on April 18, 2005.[1] Jesse plays piano and guitar, while Joy plays guitar, drums and is the lead vocalist.[6]

Esta Es Mi VidaEdit

Introduced by the duo Sin Bandero at the 2005 Mexican Teletón,[7] Jesse & Joy released their debut album Esta Es Mi Vida in 2006 through Warner Music Mexico. Their debut single, "Espacio Sideral", was certified gold by the Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas (AMPROFON). The album reached the top twenty on the Mexican Album Chart, was certified platinum by the AMPROFON, and helped the duo to win the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist the next year.[8]

Esto Es Lo Que Soy EP, ElectricidadEdit

In 2008, the duo released the Esto Es Lo Que Soy EP featuring "Espacio Sideral", "Ya No Quiero", "Volveré,” "Llegaste Tú", and a new song called "Esto Es Lo Que Soy.

In 2009, their second studio album, Electricidad, was released. The album was certified gold by the AMPROFON and included singles "Adiós” and "Chocolate".

¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro?Edit

¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro? was released as their third studio album in 2011. The album was certified 2× platinum, and included singles "Me Voy", "¡Corre!" and "La de la Mala Suerte". It received six Latin Grammy Awards and five nominations, as well as the group's first Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Pop Album.[9]

At the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards, Jesse & Joy were nominated for four Grammy Awards, winning three of them: Best Contemporary Pop Album for ¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro?, and Song and Record of the Year for "¡Corre!". Additionally, together with Carlos López Estrada they received the Latin Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video for directing "Me Voy". On December 5, 2012, ¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro? received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Pop Album.[10]

Un Besito Más, Jesse & JoyEdit

At the end of 2015, the pop duo released their fourth studio album titled “Un Besito Más[11], which went to Number one on the Latin Albums Chart.[12] The group toured the United States, Latin America and Span to support the album.[13] as well as solidifying their base with shows in Latin America. The album, produced by Fraser T Smith and Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, James Morrison, and Shawn Mendes), included the song "Un Besito Mas," which Jesse & Joy wrote after their father's death and is depicted in the video highlighting the US immigration issues.[14]

Un Besito Mas earned four Latin GRAMMY® Nominations[15] (in the categories of Record of the year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Contemporary Pop Album). That year, Jesse & Jay performed as part of the Latin Recording Academy's “Person of the Year” Gala honoring Roberto Carlos.[16] The album, Un Besito Mas went on to win the Latin Grammy (2016) for Best Pop Vocal Album.[17]

The release, shortly after, of their first-ever English songs, "Echoes of Love" and "More Than Amigos", extended the band's reach to the United Kingdom when the songs were playlisted on BBC Radio 1.[18]

The Independent in the UK described album opener "Echoes of Love" as “true to their Latin/folk roots while introducing distinctly Adele-style epicness to the vocals”.[19]

In mid-2016, Jesse & Joy gained mainstream attention with the release of their first dual-language album, Jesse & Joy which contained English versions of songs from their past four studio releases and biggest hits such as “Corre! (Run!)”, “Espacio Sideral (Outer Space)", "Ecos de Amor (Echoes of Love)”,[5][20] among others. The English/Spanish album was a logical step for the siblings, as Jesse later said: "I was blessed to be raised in a bi-cultural home. It showed me, from a young age, the beauty and power that lies in diversity, and working with my sister every day I experience the power that lies in unity: ‘Together we are stronger.’ All it takes is a little more time to understand and learn from one another."[14]

At the 2017 American Grammy Award ceremony they received further mainstream recognition with their first-ever Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album honoring Un Besito Más, and in Joy's acceptance speech she dedicated the achievement to "all the Hispanics out there."[21][22][23]

Jesse & Joy rounded out 2017 with appearances at the Latin American Music Awards,[24] and at the Latin Grammy's "Person of the Year Gala" honoring Alejandro Sanz.[25][26]

With their live Un Besito Más Tour, Jesse & Joy visited more than 15 countries and nearly 100 cities, including Buenos Aires, Madrid, Barcelona, Santiago de Chile, New York and Los Angeles.[27][28]

In 2018, Jesse & Joy embarked on another international tour, beginning at Chile’s Viña Del Mar Festival,[29] followed by the band’s homecoming to Mexico City's Arena Ciudad de Mexico.[30][31]

 
Jesse & Joy in concert in 2012

The duo received the 2018 Vision Award that September at the 31st Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, which aired on PBS that month. The award recognizes Latinos with major contributions in music.[14]

Upcoming fifth studio albumEdit

The two artists signed a deal with Kobalt Music for their worldwide publishing beginning with their 2018 single, "Te Esperé".[32]

In April 2019, Jesse & Joy collaborated with Colombian singer J Balvin for the single, "Mañana es Too Late.” The song was written by the duo, along with Poo Bear (who has worked with David Guetta, Matoma, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey) and produced by Jesse and Charlie Heat (Kanye West, Madonna).[33] "Mañana es Too Late" reached #1 in Mexico.[34]

Throughout May 2019, Jesse & Joy toured Mexico including another sold-out performance at Auditorio Nacional.[35]

Joy was recognized by the Latin Recording Academy as one at the Leading Ladies of Entertainment at a gala June 2019 that took place in Mexico City. The honor, for Latinas who "during their lives have demonstrated enthusiasm, determination, leadership, pride in their roots and an indomitable spirit in continuous form,"[36] that included Tatiana Bilboa, Martha de Bayle, Alondra de la Parra, and Soumaya Slim Domit.[37]

Jesse & Joy continue to tour in 2019, with shows in Latin American and the United States.[38][39][40]

PhilanthropyEdit

Jesse & Joy maintain an ongoing partnership with UnidosUS (formerly NCLR), the Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, and their “Electrify The Vote!". They performed acoustic shows in California, Texas, and Arizona intended to mobilize Latinos to vote.[41] In addition, the musicians initiated personal recovery efforts following earthquakes in Mexico.[4][42]

As a result of their love for domestic animals, the siblings are active supporters of PETA's efforts to spay, neuter, and find homes for homeless domestic animals. The duo recorded a PSA and appeared on posters for the cause.[43]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, certifications and sales figures
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
MEX US Latin US Latin Pop US Heatseekers
Esta Es Mi Vida 17[44] 17[45] AMPROFON: Platinum[46]
(100,000+)
Electricidad
  • Released: September 15, 2009
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Warner Music Mexico
21[47] 14[48] 3[48] 22[49] AMPROFON: Gold[46]
(55,000+)
¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro?
  • Released: December 6, 2011
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Warner Music Mexico
3[50] 8[51] 2[52] 22[49] AMPROFON: 3× Platinum+Gold[53]
(210,000+)
  • RIAA: Platinum (60,000+)[54]
Un Besito Más
  • Released: December 4, 2015
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Warner Music Mexico
5 1[55] 1 1 AMPROFON: Platinum[56]
(100,000+)

Extended playsEdit

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
MEX[57]
Esto Es Lo Que Soy
  • Released: March 17, 2008
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Warner Music Mexico
51

Live albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions
MEX
Soltando al Perro
  • Released: March 25, 2014
  • Format: CD + DVD, digital download
  • Label: Warner Music Mexico
60

SinglesEdit

Year Song Mexico U.S. Latin U.S. Latin Pop U.S. Tropical Songs Chile Colombia Argentina Album
2007 "Espacio Sideral" 35[58] 15[58] Esta Es Mi Vida
"Ya No Quiero" 40[59]
"Volveré"
2008 "Llegaste Tú" 32[60] 12[60]
"Somos Lo Que Fue"
"Esto Es Lo Que Soy" 30[61] 14[61] Esto Es Lo Que Soy
2009 "Adiós" 13[62] 3[59] Electricidad
"Electricidad"
2010 "Chocolate" 13[63] 29[64]
"Si Te Vas"
2011 "Me Voy" 7[63] 30[59] ¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro?
"¡Corre!" 1[65] 4 1 34
2012 "La de la Mala Suerte" 1[65] 23 6 6[59]
"¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro?" 1[63] 27[62] 12[59]
"Llorar" (feat. Mario Domm) 1[63] 9 4[59] 37[66]
2013 "Me Quiero Enamorar" 29
"Dónde está el Amor" (with Pablo Alborán) 19 8 Tanto
2015 "Ecos de Amor" 1 33 11 Un Besito Más
"No Soy Una de Esas" (with Alejandro Sanz) 1 17 3
"Me Soltaste" 33 14
2016 "Dueles" 2 30 7
2017 "3 A.M." (featuring Gente de Zona) 1[67] 22[68] 6[69] 3[70] 1 7 3
2018 "Te Esperé" 1 21 14 9 10 35 TBA
2019 "Mañana Es Too Late" (with J Balvin) 1 31 16 5 26 30

Other songsEdit

Year Song Mexico (airplay) U.S. Latin U.S. Latin Pop U.S. Tropical Songs Album
2014 "Mi Tesoro" 11 3 Soltando al Perro
2013 "Corazón de Campeón" Soltando al Perro
2012 "¡Corre!" (feat. La Republika) 1[63] 4[62] 1[71] 1[66] Non-album song

Year-end chartsEdit

Year Song U.S. Latin U.S. Latin Pop
2008 "Llegaste Tú" 40[72]
2009 "Adiós" 23[72]
2012 La de la Mala Suerte 18[72]
"¡Corre!" (feat. La Republika) 26[73] 9[72]

Singles certificationEdit

Single Country (provider) Certifications
(sales thresholds)
"Espacio Sideral" Mexico (AMPROFON) Gold (+ 30,000) Master Ringtones[46]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Grammy AwardsEdit

The Grammy Award is an accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to recognize outstanding achievement on the music industry.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2013 ¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro? Best Latin Pop Album Nominated
2017 Un Besito Más Won

Latin Grammy AwardsEdit

A Latin Grammy Award is an accolade by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2007 Jesse & Joy Best New Artist Won
Esta Es Mi Vida Best Pop Album by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
2012 ¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro? Album of the Year Nominated
Best Contemporary Pop Album Won
"¡Corre!" Record of the Year Won
Song of the Year Won
"Me Voy" Best Short Form Music Video Won
2013 "Llorar" Song of the Year Nominated
2014 "Mi Tesoro" Nominated
"Dónde está el Amor" Record of the Year Nominated
Soltando al Perro Best Long Form Music Video Nominated
2016 Un Besito Más Album of the Year Nominated
Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album Won
"Ecos de Amor" Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated

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