Jesse Witney is a significant, soulful voice in Australia’s multicultural music landscape. Talented and charismatic, bilingual and multi-instrumentalist, he presents his songs with passion, ingenuity and conviction. His music is infectious and remarkable, creating a unique blend of styles akin to Paul Simon and a voice that is reminiscent of Sting.
Originally from the small town of Gympie, Qld; J esse Witney has grown up to encompass a world of music beyond his humble beginnings. Offering a moving, myriad of styles and genres woven delicately together to make a colourful fabric of original world music, Jesse Witney is beyond enchanting, endowing eclectic ideas, concepts, rhythms and languages.
His sound has evolved from years of performing in Australia, Brazil and Europe as he musically bounds through a wide range of genres such as Reggae, Latin, Blues and Folk. Lyrically his music explores themes around empowerment, love and the natural world.
He developed his guitar playing at a tertiary level under the guidance of guitar great ‘Jim Kelly’ (Crossfire). During this time he took particular interest in Brazilian music and travelled to the country on two occasions to absorb the nylon string guitar playing and beautiful Portuguese language.
His latest project the ‘Jesse Witney Trio’ with Juan Andres Mulet (Bass) and Ben Kidson (Drums) sees him stripping back to a small yet dynamic ensemble, enhancing the clarity of good songwriting and musicianship.