Country singer Jessie Chris blabs about new single Burn, and Disney’s Choose Kindness Anti-Bullying campaign
By: Rachelle Henry | PHOTOS COURTESY Jeff Gulko
- Los Angeles, California
Country singer Jessie Chris blabs about her latest single "Burn", working with Disney's Choose Kindness Anti-Bullying Campaign. Also Jessie tell us about the CMA/Disney Music in Our Schools program.
Congratulations on your new single, BURN! What was your inspiration for the song?
The inspiration behind Burn came from a couple different bad relationship experiences as well as seeing some of my close friends get "burned" by people they thought they loved.
When you were 18 years old, you were the youngest performer at the CMA Festival and have opened for some iconic country stars like Luke Bryan and Billy Ray Cyrus. Tell us about some of your favorite venues and performances that you’ve done.
Some of my favorite performances and venues were when I opened for Chris Young at Indian ranch. That's a country music venue I had attended when I was younger to watch concerts so it was cool to be on that stage. I also really enjoyed performing for the wounded warriors in Washington D.C.
You got started in music when you were five. What can you tell us about the early days that impacted your love of performing/music and some of the steps that have led to this point in your career?
When I was little, I was really shy. My mom took me to audtition for the wizard of Oz at 5 years old. I got cast as a munchkin and fell in love with the feeling of being on stage.
You are one of the faces of Disney’s #CHOOSEKINDNESS Anti-Bullying Campaign. You have shared that you personally have experienced bullying. What are your hopes for this campaign and what would you like to say to those who are experiencing bullying?
My goal with the choose kindness campaign is to inspire fans to be a better person than they were the day before. For those who are going through bullying, I try to let them know that they're not alone and unfortunately it's part of growing up. You shouldn't let it tear you down but instead make you stronger.
What is being an on-call musician for children’s hospitals and I’m sure that the children and their families have been thrilled to have you perform for them. How has doing this affected you personally?
I love performing at children's hospitals. I've made some close friendships with some of the families and children that I've performed for in the hospital. If I can take their mind off of being in a hospital even just for a couple minutes I think that really makes a difference.
Our public school systems have been making cuts in the arts programs in schools, including music. Tell us about your work with CMA/Disney Music in Our Schools program?
Growing up, the music program at my school was my whole world. It shocked me to learn that not every school has a music program. Every kid should have exposure to music and the opportunity to create. That's why partnering with CMA and radio Disney on the music in our schools tour meant so much to me.
Your musical style is country with elements of pop. What people, experiences, or events influence the new songs you’re writing?
The new songs I'm writing are strongly influenced by Keith Urban's music. He is one of my biggest musical inspirations.
You were named by Digital Journal one of the top five female artists to watch in 2017. Since you’ve already accomplished so much in Disney’s #CHOOSEKINDNESS, being an on-call musician in children’s hospitals and performing with the Music in Our Schools programs, what exciting things would you like for us to be watching for?
Be on the look out for some fun upcoming shows as well as more new music in the very near future!
Jessie Chris newest single "Burn" is available on itunes and all other online music retailers.
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