"#2 most important release in electronic dance music history''
1st major record deal for a house music artist
Jesse wrote, produced, performed, mixed and released the 1st documented House record, ON & ON on his label Jes Say Records out of Chicago in 1984, sparking the worldwide phenomenon ON & ON.
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 and produced the world’s most frequently covered and largest selling House single Love Can’t Turn Around, which topped the charts in more than 20 countries and secured the 1st major record deal for a House Music artist with Warner Bros. Records in 1986.
During his 10 year stint at Warner Bros. he produced and remixed records such as De La Soul – Me Myself and I, Paula Abdul – Vibeology, Gerardo – We Want The Funk, Jermaine Stewart – Set Me Free, 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’s Pump It.
In 2004 Jesse garnered a Grammy mention with his remixes for 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 books including the bestseller What Kind Of House Party Is This? and his autobiography House Music…The Real Story.
He has co-starred in multiple documentaries: the Sundance award winning Modulations, the BBC mini-series Pump Up The Volume, the BBC audio documentary The 2nd Summer of Love and multi-award winning Put the Needle On The Record.