Catching Up with Jessie Pitts

By Bailey Scheufler

We last saw this musical artist in 2014 on The Voice Season 7, and now she is back and up to bigger things in the music business.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, and being one of 6 kids, Jessie Pitts had many musical influences such as ColdPlay, The Beatles, Elton John, and Stevie Nicks.

Referring to herself as “the entertainer” of the family, Pitts’ dad quickly picked up on her passion for performing and built a tiny stage with a karaoke machine and a shower curtain used as stage drapes. Since then, she got involved with show choir in high school and would spend most of her time at the grand piano in her choir room at school. She would sing quietly at first so no one would hear her until she found the courage to sing, eventually coming into her artistry.

A couple of highlights in Pitts’s career include living in L.A. and participating in the show The Voice, noting that the show was a gift to her. She voiced that it took almost a year from start to finish to realize what kind of opportunity this could be for her.

“The show really catapulted me and the other contestant’s artist’s career,” Pitts said. “Once the wardrobe fitting, photoshoots, makeovers, and rehearsals began, I felt like I was living in a dream. Or living my dream!”

Pitts mentioned that the television show felt like a ‘Voice Summer Camp,’ and she grew accustomed to working on set in a major studio. Once the shock of meeting and working with Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton faded, she jumped into high gear.

“At only 18, I had never worked so hard in my life,” Pitts said. “But it was the most fun I have ever had to this day, and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about it and reminisce.”

She also voiced that as unique as the show was in supporting the contestants, they got left to their own devices after the show, and it was all up to them to keep the ball rolling. Afterward, she realized a severe need for some artist development “post-show” and that she wishes she had someone to guide her down one of the thousand paths an artist can as they develop their career.

Pitts is graduating this month from Belmont University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Business. Through her education and internships with significant companies, she has developed a tool belt that has allowed her to step over to the industry’s business side. Thus, she wants to be that person and help new artists as they begin to develop their careers.

“As dedicated as I am to helping other artists, I continue to write music.” Pitts said.

Pitts said her southern roots in the last three years than ever before had more inspired her, and she is excited to be sharing some new music soon. Furthermore, she stated that what she has been writing has a unique sound from previously done.

If Pitts could collaborate with anyone in the world, it would be Kacey Musgraves or Chris Martin.

“Both of these artists are lyrical and melodic geniuses,” Pitts said, “That use a lot of visual and sensory elements in their music that really allows the listener to feel what they are feeling and be a part of an experience.”

Someone once told her when a person wants to become an artist and puts all their effort into pursuing an artist career; there is no one to tell you what hours to work. Pitts also mentioned that as an artist, you have to manage your time and be disciplined.

“You have to think of yourself as your own CEO.” Pitts said.

Pitts stated that being able to express herself in a way many people don’t is what she enjoys most about being an artist. She claims she’s not a tremendous public speaker; however, when Pitts gets up there to sing, it’s a whole different feeling, and she can just let herself go.

“And working with other artists,” Pitts said, “All of the amazing artists that have helped me become who I am.”

Featured image Courtesy of Justin Higuchi CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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