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Soul Singer / Songwriter / Guitarist Jesse Dee Celebrates New Release in Philadelphia

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Boston-based soul singer/songwriter/guitarist Jesse Dee will celebrate the release of his Alligator Records debut CD, On My Mind / In My Heart, with a live performance at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on Thursday, February 28, 2013. With his warm and honest sound, his instantly memorable melodies and positive, slice-of-life lyrics (evoking the heyday of the Brill Building songwriters), Jesse expertly updates soul music for contemporary audiences. Concert information is below:

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013
World Cafe Live - Downstairs Live
3025 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215-222-1400 | Showtime: 8:00pm
Ticket price: $20-$30 advance / $23-$33 day of show

On My Mind / In My Heart features eleven original songs produced by Dee and Jack Younger. It is a sweet soul masterpiece full of good vibes and funky, joyful music. Like Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke
1931 - 1964
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, Dee writes about real life with true emotional poetry. His lyrics are set to toe-tapping melodies with horn charts channeling The Memphis Horns
The Memphis Horns
The Memphis Horns

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and 1970s-era Van Morrison
Van Morrison
Van Morrison
b.1945
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. “I'm a music fan first," Dee says, “so it's important to me to seek out and create with original ideas. That's why songwriting is so important, and why I mean every word I write and sing."

Dee won the 2010 Boston Phoenix Music Poll Award For Best R&B Act, both for the strength of his live show and the aftershocks of his 2008 debut CD, Bittersweet Batch (7Not Records/Munich Records). Dee regularly plays to packed clubs in New England and has toured Europe multiple times, earning new fans at every gig. Dee has opened for soul greats Al Green
Al Green
Al Green
b.1946
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, Solomon Burke
Solomon Burke
Solomon Burke
1940 - 2010
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, Etta James
Etta James
Etta James
1938 - 2012
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, Bettye LaVette
Bettye LaVette
Bettye LaVette
b.1946
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, and blues rockers Los Lobos
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Los Lobos

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and the Jay Geils, and has shared stages many times with fellow soul singer James Hunter
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. The Boston Herald declares, “Dee has an explosive voice. He possesses a powerful, raspy tenor and an uncanny phrasing ability that can't be taught."

Born in 1980 in Boston, MA, Dee grew up in nearby Arlington. He got his first taste of soul music from local oldies radio station WODS when he was eight years old. As a child, he was drawn to the sounds of Little Cooper and the Drifters, The Shirelles, Smokey Robinson, Sam Cooke and other doo wop, Motown and R&B greats. He was playing guitar by age 18, and by 19 was fronting a band. During this time, Jesse immersed himself in the music of Otis Redding
Otis Redding
Otis Redding
1941 - 1967
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, Jackie Wilson, Solomon Burke
Solomon Burke
Solomon Burke
1940 - 2010
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, Etta James, James Brown
James Brown
James Brown
1933 - 2006
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and all the deep soul masters, listening, learning, writing and continuing to hone his craft by playing live every chance he could get.

Dee attended Massachusetts College Of Art And Design, studying illustration, performance, production, mixed-media and composition. He played in bands and did some touring while in college before fronting his own band and releasing his first album, Bittersweet Batch, in 2008. The New York Daily News awarded the CD a rare four-star review, saying, “I am blown away by what's coming out of my speakers...remarkable... there isn't a bad song to be found...upbeat and soulful."

With his new relationship with Alligator Records, Dee will tour widely, bringing his modern, fun and timeless music to clubs, concert halls and festivals all over the world. Dee is proud of the songs on On My Mind / In My Heart, saying the music is a perfect representation of where he is as an artist. “Soul music is capable of touching the greatest and most diverse group of people," Dee says. “All the best soul music is based on shared experience. Songs have the ability to affect people, shine a light, lift them up, and push them forward. There's hope in these songs," he continues, “and people need that now more than ever."


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