Jesse Meade is a singer-songwriter now living in Eugene, Oregon. He accompanies himself with his own finger-style, acoustic guitar playing while performing both original material and an array of cover songs. His influences include musicians like Ray Charles, Hank Williams, Chuck Willis, Elizabeth Cotten, Otis Redding, Jimmie Rodgers, Louis Armstrong, George & Ira Gershwin, Aretha Franklin, Percy Mayfield, John Hurt, Cole Porter, Sam Cooke, Patsy Cline, Duke Ellington, Fats Domino, and Dinah Washington.
Currently he is performing all over the Northwest while also writing and recording new music.
Winner: Best Solo Performer
Eugene Weekly's Best of Eugene
"Oh, how that voice strums our heartstrings! Jesse Meade has long impressed crowds in our town (and a lot of other places) with his wondrous noodling and beautiful singing. Meade is both unforgettably mellow and a powerful performer who keeps the audience glued to the stage."
"He is Jesse Meade, and Eugene thinks he rocks."
"...listen to the purity of Meade's country-folk-R&B voice--one that sounds like it's seen heartbreaking things in the world, and still manages to find the beautiful."
"Meade sings sweetly about love, hope and friendship, asking the same questions that everyone, really, wants the answers to - though when the person asking has such a comforting voice, you don't mind not getting any answers. "
"Don't expect (Otis)Redding's rhythms or (John)Hurt's style to be replicated in Meade's compositions. Although it's inspired by such musicians, the music is all his own."
"His lyrics read like a journal entry, tender to the point where you want to go give the man a hug. And his singing? Meade's raspy-yet-sweet voice sounds a little like Ray Charles, but also denotes a poetic tenderness all his own."
"Jesse Meade positively owned the evening."
"Meade takes the time to fill each note, emphasizing lyrical content and vocal harmonies."
"He's recorded a demo and it's amazing."
"...just listen to his scratchy, vulnerable voice, you will be transported."