“Jessie is just so darn likable! Incredibly refreshing and in a complete lane of her own.”
— Jimmy Harnen, EVP Big Machine Label Group
Based in Nashville, Tennessee and Northwest Florida, singer/songwriter Jessie Ritter plays a heartfelt brand of country with a breezy, romantic feel and plenty of charm. While studying music at Belmont University in Nashville, she released her EP Stories Told. Ritter then cut her teeth on the cruise ship circuit, releasing her debut album, Coffee Every Morning in 2018. Jessie’s sophomore record, Little Town In America - released November of 2022 - takes her storytelling to a whole new level, exploring the dichotomy of longing for adventure and yearning for home. Little Town In America garnered recognition at the Josie Music Awards, the largest independent awards show in the country, where Jessie has been nominated for Modern Country Female Artist of the Year, Modern Country Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Music Video of the Year. This success was followed by the release of her EP Living The Dream in August of 2023.
After winning NashFM 105.5’s regional Nash Next competition, she represented the Florida Panhandle in the finals, beating out over 800 contestants to be named the 2018 Nash Next winner. She gained national recognition and a record deal with Big Machine (home to heavy-hitters like Taylor Swift and Florida Georgia Line) making her label debut in May 2019 with the single "Nothing But You.” She then swept the 2019 Northwest Florida Beachcomber awards taking home eight titles including: Musician of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Original Song, Best Country Artist, Best Singer/Songwriter, Best Solo Artist, Best New Artist, and Best Female Vocalist. Opening slots for Eli Young Band, Hunter Hayes, Easton Corbin, and Runaway June followed, as well as featured performances alongside hitmakers at songwriter festivals across the southern United States.
Touring heavily through the Midwest and Gulf Coast regions, Ritter released her soul-stirring single “Home” in November of 2020. The tune received accolades as a semi-finalist in the Unsigned Only music competition. The corresponding music video was featured on CMT in the United States and Australia. “Home” reached #1 on The Country Network’s Top 20 Countdown, logging seventeen weeks on that chart, and many more in their Discovery Artist rotation. Recently she paired with Country Road TV to create her own show, Camp The Country with Jessie Ritter. The show follows her road trip adventures and features Jessie’s original music. Season two is currently in production.
A native of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Ritter grew up on her family farm listening to country radio and absorbing the sounds of artists like Lee Ann Womack, Shania Twain, and Miranda Lambert. She is continually inspired by her favorite writer/performers: Lori McKenna, Natalie Hemby, and Cam.
Jessie spends her time offstage raising her son and daughter, always writing new music.
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“There’s something special about Jessie. Her performance is technically great, but more importantly, I want to be her friend immediately. She has a real star quality.”
— Cindy Watts, The Tennessean
“That is the best cover version I have heard of ‘Jolene.’ Ever.”
— Jonathon Monk, EVP Zimmer Broadcasting, 94.7 The Country Giant, Cookeville TN