The Kardashians are not the only interesting personalities that you can keep up with on TV. Another stunning lady who falls into this realm is none other than a country-pop star, Jessie James Decker. An accomplished musician and songwriter, James has released several hit singles as well as albums. She has also extended her influence to the fashion world and is the CEO of a thriving clothing brand.
Whilst doing all this, Jessie has also found time to settle down with the love of her life, former NFL star, Eric Decker. The pair now have three kids and all the interesting aspects of their family were once captured on the set of their reality TV series. Also captured is the new frontiers that James is breaching in her career journey.
Early Struggles to Break Into The Music Industry
Jessie James Decker was born Jessica Rose James in Vicenza, Italy on April 12, 1988. She began singing at the tender age of two and by the age of nine, had won her first talent contest in Baker, Louisiana with the song I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart. Jessie thus spent the majority of her childhood singing and performing at any chance she gets. She also attended a series of auditions but was rejected by most record labels in the town of Nashville, Tennessee.
At the age of 17, Jessie finally made some headway after she met an employee of Big Yellow Music named Carla Wallace. Wallace helped her to work on some of her weak points and she was able to record two promising tracks. She eventually used this track to audition and landed a record deal with Mercury Records. This feat should have naturally constituted the breakthrough portion of Jessie James’ story but it was not to be.
Mercury Records coerced her into dumping her country roots for a more pop-inclined sound and the result was her debut eponymous album which performed poorly. The 2009 album was received with mixed reactions and only made it to No. 23 on the Billboard 200. Following this dismal first outing, Jessie got to work on her second album, Sweet American Dreams, which the label insisted must be pop also. She however canceled the project after the first single from it failed to make it to the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
Becoming a Contemporary Star of Country Music
Upon canceling her second album, it became obvious to Jessie that she needed a change in her music genre. She embarked on prolonged negotiations with the head honchos at Mercury Records and they agreed to let her go back to her country music roots. Buoyed by this development, the lady began to record songs in April 2011 and had singles like When You Say My Name and Military Man released on January 31, 2012, and May 22, 2012, respectively.
Jessica James Decker released her aptly-titled country Extended Play (EP), Comin’ Home, on April 18, 2014. The EP was a hit, occupying the number 1 spot on the iTunes top albums chart and debuting in the top 5 on Billboard’s top country albums chart, thus validated her decision to go back to her roots. Since that 2014 breakthrough, James has gone on to drop two more EPs titled Gold (February 17, 2017) and Blackbird Sessions (June 9, 2017).
She has also dropped two full-length albums titled Southern Girl City Lights (October 13, 2017) and On This Holiday (October 2, 2018). Southern Girl City Lights made it to No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart while On This Holiday made it to No. 10 on the Holiday Albums Charts.
Making Waves as a Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur
Many musicians and actors are taking their shot at the fashion world and Jessie James Decker is one of them. The country music star is the founder, CEO, and creative director of a holistic fashion brand known as Kittenish. The clothing line primarily deals in women’s apparel such as cropped tops, skirts, dresses, pants, denim joggers, swimwear, and athleisure; it also tries to use eco-friendly materials.
Kittenish was initially an online store but Jessie has been able to grow it to at least one physical location in Nashville. The flagship location opened in February 2019 and its proud owner took to her Instagram page to share the stunning interiors with her followers. She described the store as fun, flirty, and every teenager’s dream.
Her Lifestyle and Cookery Books
Asides from fashion designing, Jessie James Decker is an author. The country star has released two books so far – Just Jessie: My Guide to Love, Life, Family and Food (2018) and Just Feed Me: Simply Delicious Recipes from My Heart to Your Plate (2020).
Just Jessie is a lifestyle book wherein the singer shared several aspects of her personal life with her fans. It covers an embarrassing homecoming ceremony where she was booed, her initial struggles to break into the music industry, as well as several of her past relationships. Such rawness helped to popularise the book and it went on to become a New York Times bestseller.
On the other hand, Just Feed Me is a cookbook in which Jessie shared her treasured recipes for drinks, appetizers, and full dinners. These recipes cover Cajun, Southern, and Italian dishes.
Jessie James Decker Was Reluctant to Date Eric
In fairy tales, the princess usually has to go through a series of frogs to meet her prince and this is exactly what happened to Jessie James Decker. Going by her confessions in her book, the country music star dated several boyfriends over the years but could not find the one.
All these made her wary of the dating scene and so, when one of her friends suggested a date with an NFL player named Eric Decker, Jessie found herself saying no.
The friend however refused to give up and showed her pictures to Eric who was immediately ensnared by Jessie’s stunning beauty. The NFL player collected her number from their mutual friend and texted her. They eventually started dating and legally sealed their union on June 22, 2013, in Colorado.
She Now Shares Three Kids With Him
The couple now has three kids together namely; Vivianne Rose Decker (born on the 18th of March 2014), Eric Thomas Decker II (born on the 3rd of September 2015), and Forrest Bradley Decker (born on the 31st of March 2018).
Jessie is quite crazy about her family and often shows them off on her social media accounts. The family was the subject of a reality show, Eric & Jessie: Game On, which aired from 2013 to 2017.
Jessie James Decker’s husband was born in Cold Spring, Minnesota on August 15, 1987. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he excelled in both baseball and football. He is famed for his eight-years NFL career, playing for franchises such as Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Tennessee Titan, and the New England Patriots.