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St. Louis native Jesse Lafser was named after a Thomas Hart Benton painting of a woman playing guitar. As the fates would have it, Jesse picked up the guitar and wrote her first song at the age of fifteen, foreshadowing her eventual move to Nashville.
Nashville helped Jesse flourish as a young artist and prolific songwriter. She is a talented instrumentalist: a classically trained guitar and piano player, and a self-taught banjo and harmonica player.
Jesse builds her earnest, soul-searching songs with contemplation. Her live performances leave listeners provoked and driven to unexplored territory.
Land in Sight, Jesse’s most anticipated release to date, draws its title and inspiration from a Mark Twain story about a ship lost at sea and its sailors’ miraculous survival. The album was recorded and produced by Mike Odmark (Gray Matters Studio) and features Nashville favorites Andrew Combs, Spencer Cullum, Evan Hutchings, Mike Rinne, and Kristin Weber.