It takes a unique talent to create a sound that is timely yet comfortably familiar. Toronto’s Jesse Gold manages to seamlessly blend R&B and pop, resulting in a sound that pays homage to an eclectic mix of long-time inspirations (Craig David, Lauryn Hill, John Mayer) and progressive contemporaries (Lucky Daye, Tom Misch, H.E.R.). There’s something for everyone in Jesse’s catalogue: wry songwriting, silky vocals, and smart production.
Look no further than Gold’s standout track “One In A Million” for an infectious hybrid of them all. Earning 5M+ global streams and high marks from Ones To Watch, Euphoria Magazine, American Songwriter and more, the track perfectly captures what Gold hopes to achieve with his repertoire. “I want to make music to be shared. The kind of songs you send to your friends before the track ends.”
“Drawing inspiration from every genre is my secret weapon,” Gold explains. “To make music is to study music.” Gold brings years of skill and effortless creativity to both the studio and stage, a craft sharpened by collaborations with Babyface, Craig David and more.
Gold’s first offering of 2022 is the addictive R&B-infused anthem “All Over Again,” which pays tribute to the early ‘00s while maintaining a modern twist. Easy on the ears and highly addictive, the song arrives just in time for summer.
Gold’s sophomore EP Stupid Hours arrived last May, a nod to the ‘stupid hours’ he puts into his music and artistic growth. Lyrically, the project touches on the importance of a tight knit crew (“We Good”), the vulnerability of sharing growing pains (“R.I.P.”), and the struggle of finding connection through it all (“Sugar Island”).
Within its first week, Stupid Hours made waves both domestically and internationally via a front page feature in the Toronto Star and write-up on Billboard.Gold released a live short film in partnership with beloved local venue The Drake Underground and global R&B outlet RnBRadar to bring the EP to life.
Gold says of the EP, “In the past, I’ve made music with the hope of getting my foot in the door, or based on what I thought people wanted to hear. I didn’t do that this time around. I just made music that I love and am proud of.”
In June 2019, Gold released his debut EP We’ll Be Fine, a lively collection of songs about the pitfalls of modern romance. The project earned a stamp of approval from Complex which rightfully recognizes Gold as “far from a new kid on the block” and “a lifelong musician and seasoned performer.”