“Jessie is just so darn likable! Incredibly refreshing and in a complete lane of her own.”
— Jimmy Harnen, EVP Big Machine Label Group
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 TCN Country’s Top 20 Countdown on The Country Network, 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.
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.
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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