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Tobias MacDonald Jesso Jr. (born July 11, 1985) is a Canadian musician from North Vancouver, British Columbia.[2] His debut album Goon was released in 2015 on True Panther Sounds. He was included in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 20 Biggest Breakouts of 2015.[3]

Tobias Jesso Jr.
Birth nameTobias MacDonald Jesso Jr.
Born (1985-07-11) July 11, 1985 (age 34)
OriginNorth Vancouver, Canada
Years active2014–present
LabelsTrue Panther Sounds[1]
Associated acts


After living and playing bass in Los Angeles for 4 years, Jesso Jr. moved back to his home in North Vancouver.[3] He started playing the piano in his spare time while working for a moving company. It was during this period that he wrote his first piano-based song "Just a Dream." Eventually, he sent one of his demos in an email to former Girls bassist JR White. Jesso Jr. co-wrote the songs "When We Were Young" and "Lay Me Down" (featured on the Target version of 25) with Grammy-award-winning artist Adele, which is included in her 2015 album 25.


Tobias Jesso Jr's first demo was released in August 2013 after a painful break-up and his mother's cancer diagnosis.[4] JR White, along with Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, John Collins of The New Pornographers, and Ariel Rechtshaid, helped produce Jesso's debut album entitled Goon. Aaron Sperske plays drums on the album except Danielle Haim plays drums on the track "Without You." His song "How Could You Babe" garnered increased attention after being tweeted about by both Adele and Alana Haim.[5] He collaborated with Sia and Adele on the song "Alive". Originally intended for Adele and Rihanna, the song was eventually recorded by Sia and appeared on her album This Is Acting.[6] His first major tour started in 2015.

Musical styleEdit

Jesso's music has been compared to singer/songwriters of the 1960s and 1970s from Randy Newman to Harry Nilsson and Emitt Rhodes. He cites Newman as one of his favourite artists.[7] Even though he was a bassist and guitarist for years, his new music was written by him on the piano—an instrument he started playing at the age of 27.


Jesso was nominated for Songwriter of the Year at the 2015 Juno Awards.[8] On June 20, 2016, Jesso was the recipient of the SOCAN Breakout Award at the SOCAN Awards in Toronto.[9]


List of albums
Title Album details


Songwriting and production creditsEdit

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with Produced with
"Alive" 2015 Sia This Is Acting Co-writer Sia Furler, Adele Adkins -
"When We Were Young" Adele 25 Adele Adkins -
"Lay Me Down" Adele Adkins -
"Roses" 2016 Shawn Mendes Illuminate Shawn Mendes, Thomas Hull -
"How Do We Make It" Jarryd James High EP Producer - Jarryd James
"Same Old Story" John Legend Darkness and Light Co-writer John Stephens, Blake Mills -
"Marching into the Dark" John Stephens, Blake Mills -
"Slow Hands" 2017 Niall Horan Flicker Niall Horan, Alexander Izquerdio, John Ryan II, Julian Bunetta, Ruth-Anne Cunningham -
"Orlando" XXXTentacion 17 Jahseh Onfroy -
"Ayala (Outro)" Producer - XXXTentacion, John Cunningham
“You Get My Love" Pink Beautiful Trauma Co-writer/Producer Alecia Moore Pink
"Still Around" Paloma Faith The Architect Co-writer Paloma Faith, Christopher Tracey -
"If You Leave Me Now"
(featuring Boys II Men)
2018 Charlie Puth Voicenotes Charles Puth Jr., Robin Wiley -
"Hunger" Florence and the Machine High as Hope Florence Welch, Emile Haynie, Thomas Bartlett -
"Wish You Well" Emma Louise Lilac Everything Producer - -
"Grace" Florence and the Machine High as Hope Co-writer Florence Welch, Emile Haynie, Sampha Sisay -
"The End of Love" Co-writer/Co-producer Florence Welch Emile Haynie, Florence Welch
"Mexico" Emma Louise Lilac Everything Producer - -
"Treat Myself" Meghan Trainor Treat Myself Co-writer Meghan Trainor, Andrew Wells, Ryan Trainor -
"Falling Apart" Emma Louise Lilac Everything Producer - -
"Just the Way I Am" - -
"Never Making Plans
- -
"Gentleman" - -
"Shadowman" - -
"Solitude" - -
"A Book Left Open in a
Wild Field of Flowers"
- -
"When It Comes to You" - -
"Malibu Nights" LANY Malibu Nights Co-writer Paul Klein -
"Reasons" Cautious Clay Table of Context EP Joshua Carpeh, Ross Birchard -
"BRKN" 2019 Madison Ward Beyond Me Madison Ryann Ward -
"Nice to Meet Ya" Niall Horan TBA Niall Horan, Ruth-Anne Cunningham, Julian Bunetta -
"Hallelujah" Haim Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, Este Haim -


  1. ^ Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  2. ^ Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-08. Retrieved 2016-10-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  4. ^ Homewood, Ben (March 2, 2015). "NME Reviews - Tobias Jesso Jr. - 'Goon' - NME.COM". Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  5. ^ Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  6. ^ Chau, Thomas. "Sia Reveals That She Originally Wrote Her Next Single for Adele". Popcrush. Popcrush. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  7. ^ Adkins, Adele. "Adele interviews Tobias Jesso Jr: 'I think that a couple of the ideas we had could be rap songs'". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Junos award winners include Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Weeknd and Justin Bieber". CBC News, By David Bell, Apr 02, 2016
  9. ^

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