Born and raised in Chicago, Jesse Saunders was gifted with a great ear for music and a talent for making people dance. He is a founding member of the Chosen Few DJs and began spinning at high school dances and house parties when he was 15.
His popularity garnered him spinning opportunities at larger venues, including the Blue Gargoyle, First Impressions, Maclenda’s, Sauer’s, the Mansion, the Playground and DaVinci Manor; all cornerstones in the formation of house music.
While known for his association with the Chosen Few DJs, Jesse also is globally recognized as the producer and performer of the first Chicago house music record, “On & On”, released on his Jes Say Records label in 1984. His place in house music history was further solidified by writing and producing one of the most covered and biggest-selling house records, “Love Can’t Turn Around”, which topped the charts in more than 20 countries.
With his success, Jesse secured the first major label recording deal for a house music artist and producer, signing with Geffen/Warner Bros. Records in 1986. During his 10-year stint there, he produced and remixed such records as De La Soul’s “Me, Myself and I”; Paula Abdul’s “Vibeology”; and Simple Pleasure’s chart-topping “Where Do We Go From Here”
He has performed across the globe during multiple world tours, and continues to release music that moves crowds and climbs charts, including “Funk U Up,” “Real Love”; “Get Sum”; “Yeah/Let Me Hear U”; “Body Music”; “Everybody”; “On & On” (1984 and 2004), “Get Sum”; “Feelin Me”; “Luv 2 Luv U”; “Excited”; “Body Muzik”; “Weekend”; and most recently, “Chameleon” and “Dance the Night Away” featuring LeA Robinson.
Jesse continues to promote his music through the Music & Arts Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and education of house and electronic dance music. He is the creative talent behind the Electronic Music Café Radio Network and produces the annual Pure House Music Festival in Las Vegas.
Jesse Saunders has been featured in hundreds of books, media outlets and documentaries. He speaks at conferences, colleges and universities around the world sharing his expertise and musical journey. His contributions to dance music also have been recognized by proclamations from the mayors of Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Albuquerque, New Mexico.