Jesse Barry, known for her soulful blues pipes and contagious enthusiasm on stage, began her music career at the tender age of eight years old. Influenced by Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and Etta James, Jesse has created her own, unique blues sound. She is often described as an “old soul” and audiences are stunned by the huge voice that comes out of her small body. Popularly known as “Skinny Legs” from Skinny Legs and All, a band she created as a teenager, Jesse has placed in the Mountain Xpress “Best Of” blues band category three years in a row, and has performed at B.B. King’s Club for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, and at the Springing the Blues Festival in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Jesse competed on the popular TV show “American Idol” in season 9 and has made a lasting impact on her hometown, Asheville, North Carolina. She has recorded 3 albums with Skinny Legs and All and is currently working with her newer blues, funk, and soul group Jesse Barry and The Jam, and special events band A Social Function.
Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, bassist Daniel Iannucci has been living and performing in Western North Carolina for the past 10 years. After receiving his Bachelor of Music from Western Carolina University, where he studied with Asheville bassist Eliot Wadopian, in Spring of 2010, he relocated to Asheville, North Carolina and is currently pursuing a career in music. He has performed with many of the regional symphonies, the Flat Rock Playhouse, and is currently involved in several local jazz, blues and fusion projects.