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Jessica Rose James Decker (born April 12, 1988) is an American country pop singer-songwriter, reality television personality, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. At age 15, after auditioning for and being rejected by most of the country labels in Nashville, Tennessee, Decker began working with Carla Wallace of Big Yellow Dog Music. One of her songs attracted the attention of Mercury Records, which offered her a recording contract. She released her debut album, Jessie James, in 2009. A few years later in 2013, she starred with her husband Eric Decker, a wide receiver in the National Football League, in the E! reality show Eric & Jessie: Game On. On April 18, 2014, Decker released an EP through iTunes entitled Comin' Home.[2] On Epic in 2017, she released a five-track EP, Gold, and released a surprise live EP on June 9, 2017 titled Blackbird Sessions. On October 13, 2017, she released her second full-length album and first for Epic Records, Southern Girl City Lights.[3] On This Holiday, her first full-length Christmas album, was released on October 26, 2018.[4] Decker was scheduled to release a full-length studio album in mid-March 2019.[5]

Jessie James Decker
Jessie James at the Tour for the Troops concert in Incirlik Air Base 01.JPG
Background information
Birth nameJessica Rose James
Born (1988-04-12) April 12, 1988 (age 31)
Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • reality television personality
Years active2008–present
Labels
WebsiteOfficial website

Contents

Early lifeEdit

Decker was born Jessie Rose James on April 12, 1988, in Vicenza, in the Italian region of Veneto.[1][6] Her father served in the U.S. Air Force.[7] As a result, she lived in many areas: Iowa, Kentucky, Texas, and Louisiana.[8] Decker has two younger siblings, Sydney Rae Bass (born 1991) and John James (born 1994).[9]

Decker began singing at the age of two. She won her first talent contest in Baker, Louisiana, at age nine, singing "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart". By then, she had already been writing songs on a plastic guitar and had performed at SeaWorld and in Warner Robins, Georgia in 2000. At age fifteen, she made weekly trips to Nashville to hone her songwriting skills.

CareerEdit

MusicEdit

At seventeen, Decker was introduced to Carla Wallace of independent label Big Yellow Dog Music, who helped her with her songwriting and singing. One of her songs, "Gypsy Girl", was written with two writers from Yellow Dog and made it into the hands of record executive David Massey, who brought her to the attention of L.A. Reid. She auditioned for Reid by singing her song "My Cowboy", produced by John Rich. Decker soon signed a contract with Mercury Records.[10]

Even though she originally thought that she would be producing a country record, Decker was later told to record a pop album by record executives.[11] She also claimed to have been asked to sound like pop singer Britney Spears.[12] She described the recording process as "intense" due to the genre crossing.[11] She described herself in an interview as "a country girl at heart," having grown up listening to this music.[13]

Her debut album, Jessie James, was released in August 2009, debuting at number 23 on the Billboard 200. It was a fusion between country and pop music, with more emphasis placed on the latter as dictated by her label. The album also featured writing credits from Decker and seasoned pop songwriter Kara DioGuardi and Mitch Allan, among others.[13] The album received mixed receptions from critics. Allmusic received the album positively, but found that despite being marketed as such and featuring some country-influenced production, the music on the album was a far cry from country music.[14] Slant thought that the album only superficially pulled together influences from pop, country and hip-hop while failing to pander to any of those audiences.[15] The album's first single, "Wanted", produced by Allan, had been released in April and peaked at number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Decker later performed in the Middle East with singer Kid Rock and comedian Carlos Mencia for US troops stationed overseas.[6]

Decker began working on her second album, Sweet American Dreams,[16] in 2010, which was initially planned to be released in late summer.[17] The album was to have the same country-pop sound as her debut, with Decker being given more leeway by Mercury in incorporating country sounds.[13] The first single, "Boys in the Summer", released in June, was a minor country success but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Having struggled with accepting her career path as a pop singer, Decker told her label in the midst of preparations for her album that she did not want to be a pop artist and wanted to record country music.[12] After negotiations, Massey asked Mark Wright from Show Dog-Universal Music, which had facilitated the country release of "Boys in the Summer" in November, to help Mercury/IDJ launch Decker in the country genre.[18] Decker began recording in April 2011.[16] "When You Say My Name" was produced by Wright and released on January 31, 2012. "Military Man" was released on May 22, 2012. She was removed from the Show Dog Universal roster in 2013.[19] Decker released an extended play, Comin' Home, on April 18, 2014, which hit number one on iTunes top albums chart and debuted in the top 5 on Billboard's top country albums chart.[2]

Decker was featured on former Hinder lead singer Austin John's debut solo EP Love Sick Radio, on the track "Howlin'". The EP was released April 22, 2016.[20]

She finished the Lights Down Low tour. On her new label Epic she released a five-track EP, Gold, on February 17, 2017, and releases a surprise live EP on June 9, 2017, titled Blackbird Sessions. On October 13, 2017 she released her second full-length album and first for Epic Records, Southern Girl City Lights.

On November 27, 2017 Decker appeared in "12 Days of Cracker Barrel", ending on December 8.[21] Each day got a new YouTube video in the style of the original 12 Days of Christmas song.

Reality televisionEdit

In 2013, Decker starred with her husband Eric Decker, a wide receiver in the National Football League, in the E! reality show Eric & Jessie: Game On. It ended its run in April 2014, but returned in September 2017.[22][23] It ran for 20 episodes in three seasons.[24]

KittenishEdit

Decker launched a clothing line called Kittenish online, which she also designs for.[25] Kittenish opened its first physical location in February 2019 in Nashville, Teneessee.[26] A second branch is located in Florida.[27]

Model Camille Kostek, walked for the brand's first runway show in New York Fashion Week in 2018, and did campaigns for the brand.[28][29][30]

Musical style and influencesEdit

Decker co-wrote the majority of the songs on her debut album.[31] The album is of a country-pop fusion genre, revealing her taste for not only country music, but pop and soul music as well.[31]

The beat for "Blue Jeans" was a recording of Decker stepping; this talent stems from her time on the step team at her school.[32] Initially, she faced opposition for her soul music-inspired vocal runs when trying to get signed in Nashville.[31]

She has listed Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Bobbie Gentry, Janis Joplin, Shelby Lynne, and Shania Twain as her musical influences.[31][33] She has said that she initially wanted a career similar to those of Gentry and Twain, who were signed to pop labels but found crossover success in both country and pop music.[31]

Personal lifeEdit

On June 22, 2013, Jessie married Eric Decker, an NFL wide receiver who at the time played for the Denver Broncos.[34][35][36]

In September 2013, it was announced that the couple was expecting their first child together.[37][38] She gave birth to their daughter in March 2014 in Colorado.[39] Decker gave birth to their second child in September 2015.[40] Decker announced on October 9, 2017, that they were expecting a third child, another boy.[41] She gave birth to their second son in March 2018.[42]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Peak positions Sales
US Country
[43]
US
[44]
NZ Heat
[45]
US Holiday
[46]
Jessie James 23
  • US: 120,000
Southern Girl City Lights
  • Release date: October 13, 2017
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 18 9
On This Holiday
  • Release date: October 26, 2018
  • Label: Epic[4]
  • Formats: CD, digital download, vinyl
10[48]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended playsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country
[43]
US
[44]
US Indie
[50]
US Holiday
[46]
NZ Heat
[51]
Comin' Home 5 28 4
This Christmas
  • Release date: December 4, 2015
  • Label: Big Yellow Dog
  • Formats: Digital download
16 178 7 42
Gold
  • Release date: February 17, 2017
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: Digital download
5 33 7
Blackbird Sessions
  • Release date: June 9, 2017
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: Digital download
33 175
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US
[56]
US
Pop

[57]
US Dance
[58]
US Country
[59]
US Country Digital
[60]
CAN
[61]
2009 "Wanted" 40 23 18 82 Jessie James
"I Look So Good (Without You)" [A]
"My Cowboy"[64]
2010 "Boys in the Summer" [B] 58 Non-album singles
2012 "When You Say My Name"[65]
"Military Man" 49
2013 "I Do" 39 30
2015 "Clint Eastwood"[66] [C] 37
"Lights Down Low" 38 15 Gold
2017 "Southern Girl City Lights"[68] Southern Girl City Lights
2018 "Flip My Hair"[69] [D] 23
"Boots"[70] Non-album singles
2019 "Roots and Wings"[71] 24
"Old Town Road"[72]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Notes:

  1. ^ "I Look So Good (Without You)" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but charted at number 3 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles extension chart.[63]
  2. ^ "Boys in the Summer" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but charted at number 16 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles extension chart.[63]
  3. ^ "Clint Eastwod" did not enter the Hot Country Songs, but charted at number 37 on the Country Digital Song Sales component chart.[67]
  4. ^ "Flip My Hair" did not enter the Hot Country Songs, but charted at number 23 on the Country Digital Song Sales component chart.[67]

Holiday singlesEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country Digital
[67]
US Holiday Digital
[73]
2014 "Baby! It's Christmas"[74] 41 3 This Christmas
2015 "This Christmas"[75] 5
2016 "Baby, It's Cold Outside"[76]
(Jessie James Decker featuring Eric Decker)
14
2017 "My Favorite Holiday"[77] 6 On This Holiday
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videosEdit

Year Video Director
2009 "Wanted" Travis Kopach[78]
"I Look So Good (Without You)" Chris Baldwin[79]
"My Cowboy" Colin Tilley[80]
2010 "Boys in the Summer" Roman White[81]
"Dear John" Roman Dent[82]
2011 "When You Say My Name" Kristin Barlowe[83]
2015 "Clint Eastwood" Marcel Chagnon[84]
2016 "Lights Down Low" P. R. Brown[85]
2017 "Flip My Hair" Unknown[86]

Other appearancesEdit

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Come Undone" 2010 My Darkest Days My Darkest Days
"Good Night" 2015 Billy Currington Summer Forever
"Howlin'" 2016 Austin John Love Sick Radio
"I'll Chase the Sky" 2017 N/A My Little Pony: The Movie
"Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)" The Star soundtrack

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