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Life & Work with Jesse Landers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jesse Landers.  

Hi Jesse, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My name is Jesse Landers; I’m the host of The Georgia Songbirds and also the founder of the band Yes M.A.M. (It stands for Middle Aged Men) lol. I’ve been a singer-songwriter for many years now and I decided to start my podcast as a way to help other singer-songwriters get exposure. I started in my hometown in North Georgia and before I knew it, I was interviewing artists from not just all over the country but all over the world. I still write and perform with the band but doing the podcast has really taken on a life of its own. To the point I have added other features such as a Georgia vs Series in which I take 8 GA artists and have them compete with 8 Artists from other states, California will be one soon. I also have a Have You Heard? feature where me and my guests listen to songs, any genre, and try to see if the other has heard of them, there is also a weekly top 10 countdown that is sent to multiple radio stations. The latest project is my very own online radio station The Georgia Songbirds Radio. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
A few, but no more than any other songwriter or artist trying to make a name for themselves. I started the band in 2017 and the podcast in 2019. When 2020 hit gigs went away and the guests were harder to come by. It made me improvise. I started the countdown as way of getting content out and started doing Zoom interviews which helped me talk with songwriters from all over the world. It’s still difficult to get steady gigs for the band, but the podcast is going stronger than ever. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’ve been creative since I was young. I remember writing poems in middle school to get out of writing essays, I even got highlighted on a local station where I live. I remember walking into my English class and everyone congratulating me and I had no idea why. Apparently, my mother sent the tape of my interview to my teacher, and she played it for every class. As the years flew by, I just turned poetry toward songwriting, toward a band, and finally to sharing other songwriters’ music. A full circle now that I think of it. 

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
It’s hard to tell, attention spans seem shorter but nostalgia is higher. You no longer see products as much as digital content. On one side, now you can get your music out to people that normally wouldn’t hear it if you can figure out how to navigate that area, but on the other hand, music demands a reaction, and artists play off that reaction. If you are not in front of an actual crowd, It’s hard to gauge how effective it is. Right now, the trend seems to be reels and shorts hopefully it goes back to longer songs with killer guitar solos, but I’m a rocker at heart. 

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