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Jesse Saunders is the architect of what we know as House Music. A Yahoo Search will return an unprecedented 2,960,000 results!. His Wikipedia entry is an amazing overview of the worldwide phenomenon known as House Music. Why is there so much information on this man?

Jesse wrote, produced, performed, mixed and released the 1st documented House record, "ON & ON," on his upstart label Jes Say Records out of Chicago in 1984, which sparked the worldwide phenomenon ( He went on to have the first House record played on National Radio in the USA and The U.K., "Funk U Up" (, and wrote & produced the world's most covered and largest selling House single "Love Can't Turn Around," which topped the charts in more than 20 countries and secure the 1st major record deal for a House Music artist/producer DJ with Geffen/Warner Bros. Records in 1986. During his 10 year stint at Geffen/Warner Bros. he produced and remixed such records as De La Soul "Me, Myself and I," Paula Abdul "Vibeology," Gerardo "We Want The Funk," Jermaine Stewart "Set Me Free" (album), and the chart topping Simple Pleasure "Where do We Go From Here." He went on to further build Chicago's reputation as the birthplace of House within the Jive records system with his brother Wayne Williams with remixes on DJ Pierre "Come and Fly" and Mr. Lee "Pump It." In 2004 Jesse garnered a Grammy mention with his remixes of R. Kelly "Step In The Name of Love" and Eamon's #1 smash hit "F*** It (I Don't Want You Back)."

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 2004, Jesse celebrated 20 years of House Music with a world tour that spanned every hemisphere in the world and included 45 cities touching more than 1,000,000 people. Jesse has released 4 chart topping DJ mixed CDs including The Jail Mix (Warner Music-1999), Rave on Boat (Warner Music- 2001), Disco Royal (Sony-2003) and The 20th Anniversary of House Music MIX ( He was also selected as a Grammy entrant nominee for his unprecedented "Chicago Reunion" Album in 1997 and his remixes of Eamon's "F*** It (I Don't Want You Back) in 2005. His previous singles "Funk U Up," "Real Love," "Love Can't "Get Sum," "Yeah/Let Me Hear U," "Body Music," "EveryBody," "On & On" (twice 1984 and 2004), "Get Sum" (2005) and "Feelin Me" (2006/2008), "Luv 2 Luv U" (2008) have topped charts and broken barriers in the Dance charts from Billboard to iTunes. His current release "EXCITED" from his new album entitled HOUSE MUZIK, is already making noise at retail,in clubs, and on Radio and Mixshows. Stay tuned. You can find all his current releases at:

JESSE SAUNDERS' DJ sets are not only music to your ears, but a musical journey through the history and foundation of House Music and Hip Hop and their influences through popular music. House Music is known as a more underground sound, but its elements come from everyday popular music. Its origination is embedded in R&B, electronic Hip Hop such as "Planet Rock" (by Soul Sonic Force/Afrika Bambaata), Gospel, Jazz, New Wave and Classic Rock. So it's no wonder that with all these influences you can't help but love how Jesse manipulates the music to make it an experience that you won't forget. It's more of a DJ SHOW than a DJ playing records. Stay tuned...

Jesse recently teamed up with long-time Billboard Reporter Andy K to present an incredible 2 nights of pure House Music to Charlotte, NC @ the incredible club Garden & Gun! Jesse's 1st night was Halloween, October 31, 2008. The previous week there were only 20 people in attendance, on Halloween that was multiplied by 30!

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, CD and MP3 collection dating back to 1974 from R&B, Classic Rock, Hip Hop & Rap, Disco and Alternative. He says DJing 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 has played in and promoted clubs from America to Europe and Asia. He began his career in Chicago spinning at places like high school dances and house parties, then graduated to bigger venues and clubs such as The Blue Gargoyle, First Impressions, Maclenda's, Sauer's, The Mansion, The Playground and DaVinci Manor; all cornerstones in the history of House Music. Quickly he moved to the next level, playing at New York's auspicious Sound Factory, Tunnel, Danceteria, The Fun House and Palladium. The house phenomenon spread over the globe with JESSE SAUNDERS leading the way. He produces a syndicated radio show entitled "The Global House Show". The show features "live" broadcasts from clubs around the world including his "Real Story" History Mix" and is highly influential. He went on to headline the biggest festivals and events all over the globe such as Germany's May Day, Love Parade and Nature One, Switzerland's Rave On Boat, London's Tribal Gathering and in America Love Parade, Love Festival, Ultra, Together as One and Cyberfest.

With Credentials such as these, to say that JESSE SAUNDERS is an icon is an understatement. His message of love, peace and harmony through feel good music has been recognized by the Mayors of Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Albuquerque with proclamations for his own day in those cities. As a matter of fact, he has received another from the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois as recently as August 10, 2005. Paul Allen's Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington has inducted Jesse into the musical archives of their museum. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has done the same with his book. His book is required reading material for Colleges and Universities all over the world. With all these accomplishments, it's easy to understand why Jesse is recognized as not only the "Originator" of House, Electronic and DANCE MUSIC, but its Ambassador as well...

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