Jesse Palter Reveals What her Detroit Roots Taught her About Performing

July 22, 2019

Jesse Palter is working hard on her music career in Los Angeles, but she certainly has not left her Detroit roots behind.

The singer, who is deeply influenced by jazz and has been writing songs since she was 13, recently returned to the Motor City to promote her latest album, Paper Trail, which is out now.

Appearing on Behind the Mic with Pam Rossi, Palter explained that she always feels a warm welcome when she returns home to Detroit.

"I'm really proud to be from Detroit, it's a huge part of who I am," Palter told host Pam Rossi. "My favorite thing is when somebody comes to a gig in Los Angeles and they're like 'How did you learn to sing with so much soul?' And my answer every single time is 'I'm from Detroit.'"

Along with her love of jazz artists like Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, Palter says she was influenced by Motown, and feels honored to be part of such a rich and historic music scene.

Palter says her hometown also provided her with a lot of valuable feedback throughout her career, especially when she was gigging while going to the Univerisity of Michigan for a degree in Jazz and Contemplative Studies

"(Detroit audiences) were not shy in telling me what I needed to work on," she recalled. "They were my teachers."

You can catch Jesse Palter at her album release show on Tuesday, July 23 at the Magic Bag in Ferndale. The show starts at 8pm and tickets can be found on the Magic Bag's website.

Check out Jesse Palter's entire episode from Behind the Mic with Pam Rossi below.