Jesse Campbell was born in Chicago, Ill. At age 16, Jesse began singing and soon after began traveling the country with his father, Pastor W. J. Campbell. Jesse was a featured soloist on the early recordings of the Winans and Timothy Wright. In 1994, Jesse signed a recording contract with Underworld/Capitol Records. During this time, he recorded and released his first hit single, “When You Cry, I Cry,” from his debut album, Never Let You Go. He also recorded the smash hit, “Where Is The Love,” from the movie soundtrack Dead Presidents, which sold over 500,000 copies.