Hometown: Seattle, Wa
Web site: http://www.jesseboleyn.com/
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Jesse Boleyn is an American recording artist and author, singer-songwriter, producer, and B.M.I. music composer. Born James Ray Bowling at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina in 1951, he is the oldest of five siblings, the son of a U.S. Army career officer. Boleyn's early years were spent like most military brats, growing up in foreign countries, primarily Japan and Germany. Upon graduating from High School in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1969, he briefly attended Florida State University. Disillusioned with 'academia intellectual treason,' he volunteered for the U.S. Army, completing the rigorous requirements of Special Forces training to become a paratrooper and member of the elite Green Berets in 1971.
Jess, who began playing guitar at age 13, was the founding member of the first folk group to perform a folk mass for the Catholic Church in Europe in 1968 at the age of 17. For complete bio click on the nav bar at the top of the page.
Jesse Boleyn's professional career as a performer began in October 1979 when legendary musician, SHAWN PHILLIPS, agreed to audition him as an opening act for his upcoming American tour following a telephone call Boleyn made to Phillips, who was living in Positano, Italy at the time. Boleyn eventually got the gig, the first to do so in 13 years, and his national debut was October 12th, 1979 at the Strand Theater in Rochester, N.Y.
Boleyn is best known for his surrealistic music/noir approach to song-crafting, eclipsing lyrical depth with eclectic composition in stark regard. Multiple collaborations with David Bowie and Lou Reed guitarist, and 6 time Emmy nominated digital film composer, Chuck Hammer, has produced an extensive body of work. Hammer has appeared on almost all of Boleyn's discography, from early Santa Barbara recordings to L.A., Berlin, Munich and New York, until now. Fusing blues and folk rock with experimental electronica, first evident with Boleyn's early use of the Roland GR-300 guitar synthesizer on his "METROGLIDE" album, which Phillips contributed backing vocals on and released in Europe in 1984, the singer/songwriter has recorded and published over 70 titles in the last three decades.
In 1994 he founded the Indie record label, ALIEN RANCH RECORDS, LLC, with his then partner, and writing contributor, Iana Kiri Devai, and recorded his most noteworthy album, "NO GRAVITY", released worldwide in 1995 through MODERN WORLD MUSIC, which includes on its Board of Trustees such luminaries as .David Bowie, Lou Reed, Keith Richards, Nile Rodgers, Todd Rundgren, Martin Scorsese, Paul Simon, and Jerry Wexler.
In 2002 Boleyn formed Mindzai Media Group and in 2005 founded Abernathy & Smyth Publishing House as holder of his intellectual properties. In 2006, Boleyn extended his love of writing into literary works. Author of the novel "Far Way to Even" published in 2006, (which both Phillips and Hammer are subjects in the book) and "The Last Creator" - an international suspense thriller due for publication December, 2010 - he has also penned a feature length motion picture screenplay "Fifth Bridge to the Sun", based upon the book.