Jesse Campbell was the first tearjerker of the new season of NBC’s ‘The Voice,’ both in his performance and his heartbreaking back story.
Campbell revealed that wife left him because as a struggling singer, he couldn’t provide the life she wanted. Once she was gone, he was left homeless. “I slept in my car holding my daughter to my chest,” he said. Thankfully, Campbell’s brother soon moved nearby, giving him a place to stay while he got back on his feet. He sings in churches and at weddings to make ends meet. “Winning ‘The Voice’ would be a fresh start for me and my daughter,” Campbell said, tearing up. “This one’s for you, baby girl.”
Campbell immediately blew everyone away with his rendition of Leon Russell’s ‘A Song For You,’ a moving tribute to his daughter. Coaches Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera hit their buttons before Campbell even finished his first note, immediately followed by Adam Levine and finally Blake Shelton a few seconds later. He was the first contestant the coaches fought over this season!
After ruminating over a cliffhanger commercial break (that was cruel!), Campbell revealed that the first person who came to his mind was Aguilera. “You said you would fight for me, and I’m ready to fight.” With her diva rep and her hit ‘Fighter’ blasting in the background, Xtina took Campbell’s hand. “We’re going to fight!”
Who is Jessie Campbell?
No stranger to the gospel community, Born in Chicago, IL and raised in nearby Maywood, IL, Jesse Campbell found his voice at the age of sixteen when he began leading songs with the church choir where his father, Willie James Campbell was Pastor. Immediately recognized as a unique talent, Jesse was soon featured on the recordings of gospel greats The Winans and Timothy Wright.
Jesse stayed exclusively true to his gospel roots until 1994, when he signed a major recording contract with the Capitol Records imprint Underworld Records. His debut album, “Never Let You Go”, included the hit single, “When You Cry, I Cry”, which charted strongly across the country. Soon after, Jesse struck again with the smash duet “Where is the Love”, from the soundtrack of the movie “Dead Presidents”. “Where is the Love” helped push sales of the soundtrack to over 500,000 units, and into certified gold status. His popularity led to appearances on “Showtime at the Apollo”, BET’s “Video Soul”, and most importantly “Soul Train”.
When turmoil in the record industry had major labels eliminating black music divisions, Jesse returned to his roots and recommitted himself to singing the words and hymns of the Christian faith. Jesse recorded “Hymns from the Heart”; shortly thereafter, he recorded songs on the Dreamworks animation entitled “Prince of Egypt”, T.D. Jakes’ feature film “The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord”, and Ron Winans’ “Family and Friends 5”. His latest Inspirational recording “Sessions” was independently released and currently available via iTunes.
Jesse has performed as the soloist before many of the great evangelists such as Joyce Myers, Benny Hinn, Prophetess Juanita Bynum, Bishop T.D Jakes, Kenneth Ulmer, Noel Jones, and Dr. Creflo Dollar to prepare the hearts and minds of congregants to receive the word of God.
Now a divorced, single father raising his eleven-year-old daughter, Jesse Campbell is ready to once again share his unique voice with the world. The commencement of this new journey is his audition on NBC’s “The Voice”. Surely, Celebrity judges Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton, along with the rest of the world, will come to appreciate the stylings of this great vocalist.