Joe DeJesu

Joe’s love for music started at a very young age.  Singing before he was talking, it was clear that music would be a large part of Joe’s life.  By the age of 11, Joe had won several talent contests singing in front of large audiences on big stages.  Growing up in a very musical family, Joe was exposed to a wide variety of musical genres, from Classic Rock to Country, R&B to Disco, Punk to Rap, Pop to Folk.By the age of 17, Joe and his siblings were signed to Crave Records, a record label owned by Mariah Carey.  In the middle of recording an album, Crave closed its doors and the record deal was gone in an instant.Over the next few years, while attending Rutgers University and Stony Brook University, Joe continued to write original material, performing at various venues and running open mics.in 2003, he was signed to BadBeat records, owned and operated by Brian Mogelefsky, and he recorded and released his first studio album of solo material, Instant Gratification, which was produced by Bob Stander.  Two of the songs, Original (Won’t Send You Flowers) and “Full Moon Wasted” received substantial airplay on college radio stations all over the country.  Joe then traveled to Southern Florida to take part in a mini-tour.Shortly after, in 2004, Joe began recording material for a second album; however, due to the uncertainties of a career in music, he opted to take the “safe route” and obtained a law degree in 2007.In 2008, after several rounds of auditions, Joe was selected with one of his songwriting partners, Alyson Faith (a very talented singer/songwriter), to create and perform jingles for a television show filming in Los Angeles.  The two flew out to California and filmed the television show with Gene Simmons and Richie McDonald of Lonestar.  The show was to air on CBS in 2009, but at the last minute CBS pulled the plug, opting instead for alternative programming.   
From 2008-2011, Joe was a member of one of Long Island’s premier cover bands, X-Session, a multi-genre group with a unique style of abundant vocal harmonies.  During his stint with X-Session, in addition to playing Long Island’s top venues, Joe had the honor of performing unique three-part harmony a Capella renditions of the National Anthem and God Bless America annually at Shea Stadium and Citi Field.  Since 2008, Joe has been practicing law and raising two daughters with his wife, Eri in Huntington, New York.    
After a long hiatus (save for sporadic performances and occasional writing), Joe is determined to shift his focus back to music.  With several new projects in the works (new original music, new recordings, new bands and collaborations, new venues, and new videos), plus material left in the vault waiting to be revived.     In January 2019, Joe opened for Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, playing an acoustic set of originals and covers to a sold out audience.    In addition to a full schedule planned for the remainder of 2019, Joe will be participating in The Concert for Bangladesh Revisited with Wonderous Stories at The Space at Westbury on March 2, 2019.