|| Talented and charismatic, bilingual and multi-instrumentalist, Jesse Witney's music is bursting with passion, originality and conviction. It is infectious seeing him perform, you can't help but be inspired by his persona and smile. His voice is remarkable, sounding something like that of a Gilberto Gil/Paolo Nutini love child.
Originally from the small town of Gympie QLD, Witney has grown up to encompass a world of music beyond his humble beginnings. After a brief encounter with Brazilian guitar during university studies, he decided, on a whim, to travel to Brazil to learn the music and culture of the country. To this day, he still astounds Brazilians when he tells them he is one hundred percent Aussie.
The last decade has seen Jesse move from busking on the street, to touring the bars of Brazil, Europe and Australia, and all the way to playing at Iconic festivals such as Woodford and the National folk festival. After a very successful crowdfuding campaign, 2015 saw Jesse carry out a two month National tour of Australia to promote the release of his latest work 'Be It'. A four track EP produced by Phil Stack (Thirsty Merc).
When playing solo, he beats the Cajon with his feet, simultaneously creating luscious guitar/uke loops, crooning in English or Portuguese and during singing breaks playing harmonica or even busting out a mouth trumpet solo. When with a band, Jesse finds the best musicians around to play with, opening the music up to a dynamic and powerful full band sound.
Jesse is as captivating as he is talented. An opportunity to see him perform live should not be missed!
"Beyond a shadow of a doubt Jesse turned out to be one of the most talented guitar players that I have taught in the 20 years that I have been at the University" Jim Kelly, Crossfire Member, Australian Guitar Legend and University Professor (Southern Cross University)
‘Every now and then you find a singer/songwriter that changes your mood every time you see them... they light up the room, indulge your senses, incite wild smiling and leave you buzzing from their good energy…. Jesse Witney is that character for me' - Pete Longworth, Visual Storyteller