JWQ Showcase 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017

USA: Laine Powell-On the Edge (2017)

Jessie Laine Powell | On the Edge 

To jazz lovers across the globe, Jessie Laine Powell has been deemed a timeless classic jazz voice. Born in Lexington Kentucky, Jessie grew up in a home filled with the gospel music of the church and that of her talented siblings. But it was the jazz influence of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilson, Shirley Horn and the Lawrence Welk Show that stirred her soul and begun to dominate her musical taste. As a result, Jessie followed her love for the stage, the orchestra setting and jazz standards to Hollywood, California where she was afforded the opportunity to open up for the sultry jazz great Nancy Wilson. Jessie has since gone on to add countless television, theatrical and radio appearances to her growing performance resume.

After a few successful performance years on the West Coast, Jessie decided to take her sound and craft back to its rightful home in Lexington, Kentucky. A fixture in the Central Kentucky music scene for years, it was a fateful meeting from a church friend that set up a musical partnership that would last for years. A lunch meeting with local producer, and jazz artist, Eric Copeland, began a project that would become her first album, “On the Edge”. Filled with gospel and jazz, this project gave Jessie her first product to share with her growing fan base.