Jessie James Decker is Best Known For The popularity of her single Wanted, which was certified as gold. The success of her Extended Play Gold, which peaked at the #5 spot on US Country charts. Having starred in her own reality show, Eric & Jessie: Game On.
Born Name Jessica Rose James
Nick Name Jessie, Jessie James Decker
Born: April 12, 1988, 30 years and 9 months, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
Sun Sign Aries
Occupation Singer, songwriter, and reality television personality
Years active 2008–present
Hair Color Brown (Natural Hair Color), but, she often dyes her hair blonde
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height 5 ft or 152 cm
Measurements 36-25-34 in or 91.5-63.5-86 cm
Bra size 34B
Genre Country, pop
Labels Mercury, Island Def Jam Music Group, Show Dog-Universal Music, Epic Records
Father – Steve Parker (Served as a Colonel in US Air Force)
Mother – Karen Parker
Siblings – John James (Younger Brother), Sydney Rae James (Younger Sister)
At age 15, after auditioning for and being rejected by most of the country labels in Nashville, Tennessee, James began working on refining her craft with Carla Wallace of Big Yellow Dog Music. One of her songs attracted the attention of Mercury Records which offered her a recording contract. She released her debut album, Jessie James, in 2009. A few years later in 2013, she starred with her husband Eric Decker, a wide receiver in the National Football League, in the E! reality show Eric & Jessie: Game On, which stopped airing in April 2014, but returned in September 2017. On April 18, 2014, James released an EP through iTunes with 19 Recordings entitled Comin’ Home. On her new label Epic she released a 5-track EP Gold on February 17, 2017, & released a surprise live EP on June 9, 2017 titled Blackbird Sessions. On October 13, 2017 she released her second full-length album and first for Epic Records, Southern Girl City Lights.
James was born April 12, 1988, in Vicenza, Italy. She is from a military family, as her father served in the U.S. Air Force. As a result, she lived in many areas: Germany, Iowa, Kentucky, Texas, and Louisiana. James has two younger siblings, Sydney Rae Bass (born 1991) and John James (1994). She began singing at the age of two and won her first talent contest in Baker, Louisiana, at the age of nine singing “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart”. By then, she had already been writing songs on a plastic guitar and had performed at SeaWorld and in Warner Robins in 2000. At age fifteen, she made weekly trips to Nashville to hone her songwriting skills.
At seventeen, James was introduced to Carla Wallace of independent label Big Yellow Dog Music, who helped her with her songwriting and singing. One of her songs, “Gypsy Girl”, written with two writers from Yellow Dog had been pitched to American Idol contestant and winner, Carrie Underwood. Underwood put it on hold for her record, but nonetheless the song made it into the hands of record executive David Massey, who brought her to the attention of L.A. Reid. She auditioned for Reid singing her song “My Cowboy”, produced by John Rich. James soon inked a contract with Mercury Records.
Even though she originally thought that she would be producing a country record, James was later told to record a pop album by record executives. She also claimed to have been asked to sound like pop singer Britney Spears. She described the recording process as “intense” due to the label sending her to work with hip-hop producers, who asked her to sound less country despite her desire to make country music. She described herself in an interview as “a country girl at heart,” having grown up listening to the genre and preferring it to pop.
Her debut album, Jessie James, was released in August 2009, debuting at number twenty-three on the Billboard 200. The music on the album was a fusion between country and pop music, with more emphasis placed on the latter as dictated by her label. The album also featured writing credits from James and seasoned pop songwriter Kara DioGuardi and Mitch Allan among others. The album received mixed receptions from critics. Allmusic received the album positively, but found that despite being marketed as such and featuring some country influenced production, the music on the album was a far cry from country music. Slant thought that the album only superficially pulled together influences from pop, country and hip-hop while failing to pander to any of those audiences. The album’s first single, “Wanted”, produced by Allan, had been released in April and peaked at number forty on the Billboard Hot 100. She later performed in the Middle East with singer Kid Rock and comedian Carlos Mencia for US troops stationed overseas.
James began working on her second album, Sweet American Dreams, in 2010, which was initially planned to be released in late summer. The album was to be of the same country-pop sound as her debut, with James being given more leeway by Mercury in incorporating country sounds. The first single, “Boys in the Summer”, released in June, was a minor country success but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Having struggled with accepting her career path as a pop singer, James told her label in the midst of preparations for her album that she did not want to be a pop artist and wanted to record country music. After negotiations, Massey asked Mark Wright from Show Dog-Universal Music, which had facilitated the country release of “Boys in the Summer” in November, to help Mercury/IDJ launch James in the country genre. James then began recording in April 2011. “When You Say My Name” was produced by Wright and released on January 31, 2012. “Military Man” was released on May 22, 2012. She was removed from the Show Dog Universal roster in 2013. James released an extended play, Comin’ Home, on April 18, 2014, which hit number one on iTunes top albums chart and debuted in the top 5 on Billboard’s top country albums chart. Decker will be featured on former Hinder lead singer Austin John’s debut solo EP Love Sick Radio on the track “Howlin'”. The EP was released April 22, 2016. She finished the Lights Down Low tour. On her new label Epic she released a 5 track ep “Gold” on February 17, 2017 & release a surprise live ep on June 9, 2017 titled Blackbird Sessions. On October 13, 2017 she released her second full-length album and first for Epic Records, Southern Girl City Lights. On November 27th 2017 Jessie appeared in 12 Days of Cracker Barrel ending on December 8th. Each day got a new YouTube video in the style of the original 12 Days of Christmas song.
James and her husband Eric Decker have starred in the E! reality show Eric & Jessie: Game On since the show’s series premiere on September 29, 2013. The third season aired on September 6, 2017.
Joined wrestling icon Steve Austin as co-host of Redneck Island in 2014.
Collaboration with Australia-based swimwear company Amore & Sorvete to design bikinis and swimsuits in 2015.
James teamed with Connecticut-based clothing designer Kora Rae to create her own clothing line, Kittenish, in 2015.
On June 29, 2016 James partnered with makeup brand: Alexa Persico Cosmetics to release her own lipstick/liner duo, dubbed “The Jessie Lip Kit” The Lip Kit Collaboration was widely successful, selling out in just a few short hours of its initial release. They later released their second hit product called “The Jessie Decker Palette” in 2017 which sold out at a similarly brisk pace as the lip kits.
On May 23, 2017, she appeared as a guest judge on the Food Network show Chopped Junior.
On September 28, 2018 Jessie stars in JustFab’s fall campaign with her very own shop featuring her favorite styles, along with a national commercial spot, featuring her new song, aptly titled, “Boots.”
On October 2, 2018 her book Just Jessie My Guide to Love, Life, Family, and Food became available.
Musical style and influences
James co-wrote the majority of the songs on her debut album. The album is of a country pop fusion genre, revealing her taste for not only country music, but pop and soul music as well. The beat for “Blue Jeans” was a recording of James stepping, this talent stems from her time on the step team at her school. Initially, she faced opposition for her soul music-inspired vocal runs when trying to get signed in Nashville. She has listed Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Bobbie Gentry, Janis Joplin, Shelby Lynne, and Shania Twain as her musical influences. Initially, she also stated that she wanted a career similar to those of Gentry and Twain, who were signed to pop labels but found crossover success in both country and pop music.
James was romantically linked to former NFL running back Reggie Bush in 2010.
On June 22, 2013, Jessie married Eric Decker, an NFL wide receiver who at the time played for the Denver Broncos.
In September 2013, it was announced that the couple was expecting their first child together. She gave birth to their daughter Vivianne Rose on March 18, 2014 in Colorado. On September 1, 2015, James gave birth to their second child, Eric Thomas Decker II. James announced on October 9, 2017 that they are expecting a third child, another boy, due in late March 2018. She gave birth to their third child, Forrest Bradley Decker on March 31, 2018.
Jessie James Decker is represented by Heath Baumhor of Agency for the Performing Arts (APA).
She is also represented by Lauren Nogy.
Mole on the chin
Jessie has appeared in a TV commercial for Foolproof: Free Shakes as part of the South Beach Diet, which is a weight loss diet.
In August 2009, she released her debut studio album, Jessie James in collaboration with Mercury records.
First TV Show
In 2009, she made her first TV show appearance on the popular talk show, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Jessie is very consistent with her workout routine, which has helped her shed her baby fat in a matter of weeks. Even, if she has a busy day and can’t hit the gym, she makes sure that she is squeezing in a workout in her home.
For her home workouts, she sets aside 20 minutes time and sneaks in a fast circuit session. For these circuits, she clubs a couple of exercises together and does it as many times as she can.
Regarding diet, she focuses on eating as much protein as possible and keeps her food ingredients completely natural.
She usually starts her days with a coffee with cane sugar and a bit of creamer. Her diet plan is usually like –
Breakfast – She usually prefers two mini corn tortillas with scrambled eggs and turkey bacon, topped over with some shredded cheese and Louisiana Hot Sauce.
Lunch – Salad comprising of 4 oz. chicken, spinach, some strawberries, feta cheese and dressed with a mixture of white wine vinegar, salt and pepper, honey, and olive oil.
Dinner – 4 oz. of grilled flank steak coupled with roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower and topped with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.
Regular Snack – Protein shake with cashew milk.
Post-Workout Snack – It remains the same but she increases the quantity. To soothe her sweet tooth, she consumes Mama’s homemade chocolate chip cookies.
Jessie James Decker Favorite Things
Food – Bread
Lip Color – N*de
Beauty Products – Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, Beautyblender Cosmetic Sponge, Tom Ford Beauty Shade and Illuminate Intensity One Contouring Cream, Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder, Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, Fave4 Texture Takeover Oomph Enhancing Hairspray
Musical Influences – Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera, Janis Joplin, Bobbie Gentry, Shelby Lynne, and Shania Twain
Flower – Roses
TV Show – Friends (1994-2004)
Dessert – Chocolate Chip Cookies
Movie – Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Jessie James Decker Facts
Jessie started singing by the age of 2 and by 9, she had won her first contest at Baker, Louisiana. For the competition, she had performed I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart.
She started writing songs on her plastic guitar at a very young age. And, in 2000, she performed at the Warner Robins and SeaWorld.
By the age of 15, she was traveling to Nashville on weekly basis to develop her songwriting skills.
In June 2015, she launched her exclusive clothing and accessory line in association with clothing brand Kora Rae. Her range of products was labeled Kittenish by Kora Rae.
In the summer of 2015, she announced her collaboration with Amore & Sorvete to launch her line of matching bathing suits and bandanas.