Jesse is originally from Cape Breton where he grew up listening to his parents Dennis and Lori Cox play folk music. In 1980 his parents released an album “the welcome table” and toured coffee houses and arenas across the island. As a young boy Jesse got to meet and see acts like Matt Mingle-wood, Rita MacNeil, Buddy and the boys and Sam Moon.
Becoming obsessed with his fathers vast record collection Jesse started playing guitar and singing at the age of twelve and never looked back. In and out of bands through his teens and early twenties he began to write songs and perform on his own. In 2006 he auditioned for Canadian Idol in honour of his girlfriends mom Beverly Fraser (who had recently passed away in a terrible car crash) She had always watched the show and had always said that “someday Jesse will be on there”. So shortly before he was supposed to start the season lobster fishing in Cape Breton with his father, Jesse took off in his old truck to Halifax where tryouts were being held. He went on to compete with thousands, making it through to the celebrity judges and then earned his gold ticket for Toronto. In Toronto Jesse made it to the final 22 but got cut in the very last round of auditions. With the excitement and exposure from the show Jesse toured around the maritimes playing solo and also with friend singer/songwriter Pam Levi. A few months later he teamed up with Kent county band ‘The Hooch’ and went on to get into NB rocks concert series and earn second place in Fredriction’s 2008 ‘Battle of the bands’. Now with one foot in Cape Breton and the other on the shores of the Richibucto River New Brunswick, Jesse packs around a truckload of original songs, his guitar is an extension of his body and it is said that his heartfelt music warms weary souls. When he is not playing music, Jesse works with First Nations youth at risk, helps out on fishing boats and dabbles in carpentry.
A few of Jesse’s Influences: