Jesse Saunders

Jesse Saunders is the architect of what we know as House Music. A Google search produces 4,060,000 results and a Yahoo Search will return an unprecedented 4,250,000 results! His Jesse Saunders Wikipedia entry is an amazing overview of the worldwide phenomenon known as House Music. Why is there so much information on this man?

Using a blueprint of old school funk, disco, R&B, early pop and hip-hop, JESSE SAUNDERS is the architect of the musical style known as “House Music.” He wrote, produced and released the first documented House record titled “ON & ON” through his own label Jes Say Records. His next hitz “Funk U Up,” “Real Love” and the platinum selling single “Love Can’t Turn Around,” served as the foundation for a funky and soulful new sound in electronic music. Jesse Saunders reigns as the ambassador for the global house craze through his work as a DJ, producer, filmmaker and author. After a lifetime of influential and innovative work, JESSE SAUNDERS continues to break new ground.

2004 marked the beginning of his legacy. “ON & ON” was created and conceived in the summer of 1983, released in January of 1984, and 2004 marked the 20th anniversary and re-release of the world’s most famous and enduring House record. The ON & ON world TOUR hit every hemisphere and brought the spirit of feel good music to all! The “Real Story” documentary is available for sale with the original tracks as well as remixes on Enhanced CD, DVD.

JESSE’S legacy thrives. In the July, 2001 issue of Harper’s magazine “Love Can’t Turn Around” and “ON & ON” are mentioned as a building block in the history of dance music. Jesse has been featured in the Channel 4 (London) film special “Pump Up The Volume” and the award winning “Modulations”. In June, 2,000, he released his third mixed CD Disco Royal (Sony Music Germany) with the hit single “Body Music.” His previous 2 “Jail Mix” and “Rave On Boat” (Warner-Switzerland), sold very well. Jesse is currently working on a new Greatest Hitz album, which features 2 new cuts “GET SOME” and “FEELIN ME.” JESSE is also completing work on his next Mixed CD “MADE 2 B BROKEN” for his label and DJ Divas 2, a unique compilation of the world’s top female DJ’s “in their quest to compete and win in the battle of the turntables.”

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2009 brought the 25th Anniversary of the world’s 1st House record and Jesse released the 25th Anniversary of House Music Compilation to rave reviews and a tour which has brought a celebration of the world’s favorite music to dance to! The tour featured the 1st ever House Music ART Exhibit which is now housed in Jesse’s project known as the Electronic Music Cafe in Las Vegas!

Jesse has been featured in hundreds of books including the bestseller “What Kind Of House Party Is This?” by Jonathan Fleming (MixMag) and his own semi-autobiography “House Music…The Real Story.” He has co-starred in over 10 documentaries including the Sun Dance award winning “Modulations,” the Channel 4 (London) mini-series “Pump Up The Volume,” the BBC audio documentary “The 2nd Summer of Love” and currently the award winning “Put The Needle on the Record.” He has had hundreds of features in every major industry magazine including Rolling Stone, MixMag, Urb and Keyboard. Jesse has lectured at top conferences, schools, colleges and universities throughout the world including The Red Bull Academy, Oxford University, Boston University, The Winter Music Conference (Miami), Popkom (Germany), The New Music Seminar (New York) and the Amsterdam Dance Event (Holland).

In addition to keeping his skills sharpened in the studio and with constant touring, JESSE says, “I educate musical history and philosophy through music as well as print history, which is the foundation and most important part of music.” He has written an authoritative book House Music…The Real Story that nails down the House phenomenon (available at In 2001, Broken Records/Journees Music released the musical counterpart to JESSE’S book providing an auditory encyclopedia of sounds and styles.

In August of 2001, JESSE was also a keynote speaker for the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington. Also in the works is a documentary that will be released through JESSE’S film company Just Say Productions. “The Real Story Documentary” will include footage from the annual Old Skool Reunion in Chicago (July4th weekend) with the original Pioneers of House Music among others.

With the turn of the century, law officials in America have attacked dance music and culture. In response to this problem JESSE SAUNDERS founded Rave Secure. This organization acts as a mediator between promoters, artists and government legislature to ensure that clubs and raves do not become extinct. Jesse promotes good will and education, giving Rave Secure the power to hammer through the red tape and discrimination that the scene often contends with.

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois JESSE SAUNDERS felt the “groove to make people move” at the early age of fifteen. He boasts an extensive record collection dating back to 1974. He says DJ’ing “is in his blood a true DJ never grows out of it. There’s nothing like the rush of controlling the crowd and having them yell for more.”

JESSE’S creativity found additional outlets when he attended University of Southern California. There he laid a cornerstone studying Film, Television and Recording Sciences. Later, JESSE formed his own label Jes Say Records, and production company Just Say Productions. Broken Records was born as the 2nd generation label following the world’s 1st House Music label Jes Say Records and continued the tradition of beautiful House Music releases. Jes Say Records set the bar for House music everywhere!

Broken Records carried on the tradition by launching with its 1st release “The Chicago Reunion” Album, which brought together the world’s Pioneers and Grammy nominees including Frankie Knuckles, Marshall Jefferson, Ten City, Jesse himself, and Dr. Derelict a/k/a Wayne Williams (known around the world as R. Kelly’s DJ) on a 2 CD set of original and remixed classics. 3 of the singles “Yeah/Let Me Hear U” by Jesse Saunders, Baby Wants to Ride” by Frankie Knuckles and “I Can’t Stand It” by DJ Pierre charted high domestically as well as in Europe and Asia.

Jesse has HEADLINED in and promoted clubs and events from America to Europe, Africa to Asia. He began his career in Chicago spinning at places like The Playground and DaVinci Manor. Quickly he moved to the next level, playing at New York’s auspicious Sound Factory, Tunnel and Palladium. The house phenomenon spread over the globe with Jesse Saunders leading the way. He began to produce a syndicated radio show entitled “Global House” in 19997 with Evosonic Radio (Cologn, Germany). The show featured “live” broadcasts from clubs around the world including his “Real Story” History Mix” and was highly influential. It is now Syndicated on over 120 stations around the globe including the Electronic Music Cafe Radio Network (Daily at 12pm Pacific Standard Time)

JESSE worked for a variety of record labels and studios including Jive where he broke top selling artists like Mr. Lee and DJ Pierre. In the late 1990′s Jesse turned his expertise into a lucrative business of his own. The Just Say family of companies made a home for everything House and Mainstream from remixing and tracking to film and video, and even print. JESSE continues in his quest to educate and influence through his AVTalentSearch foundation and currently the Music & Arts Society and sponsored seminars for ASCAP and BMI plus he has been a featured speaker at the Red Bull Academy, Amsterdam Dance Event and Winter Music Conference. He has worked beside and influenced other DJs including Grammy Award winner Roger Sanchez, Marshall Jefferson, DJ Pierre, Farley “Jackmaster Funk,” Steve Hurley and Frankie Knuckles.

The mayor of Chicago declared July 17th, JESSE SAUNDERS and the Pioneers of House Music Day in 1997, and he has received similar recognition by the mayors of San Francisco, Seattle, and Albuquerque, NM. He is featured in Jonathan Fleming’s book What Kind of House Party Is This? (Mind In U Publishing, U.K.), and has been interviewed as the house authority for many films and magazine articles, including the award winning “Modulations,” “Pump Up The Volume” (London), “The 2nd Summer of Love” and “Put The Needle On The Record.” Countless successful singles, albums, speaking engagements, production credits and a book behind him, JESSE SAUNDERS maintains his status as the head of the House.

JESSE believes in “breaking new ground and my music must have a message and a meaning”. He opened wide the doors to his House and invited the world in. With programs like Rave Secure and AV Talent Search, Electronic Music Cafe and his non-profit organization Music & Arts Society, he ensures that his heritage will live on. He continues to tear the roof off with slamming sets and forays into the world of film and publishing. Whatever JESSE SAUNDERS does, one thing is certain, HOUSE is where his heart is.




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