Biography

Jesse John Frank was born and raised in Red Bank, NJ and comes from a three-generation lineage of family musicians and music teachers. He grew up in a house where music was always being played and studied. His grandfathers on both sides were very skilled musicians, artists and builders. They taught the entire family many different styles and methods of learning. Following the long family chain of education degrees and school teachers, Jesse completed the music program at Brookdale College in Lincroft, New Jersey, receiving a degree in Music Ed, with a major in Classical Percussion and a minor in Jazz Composition on guitar. After student teaching and subbing in the schools for a while, he came to realize that the public school system wasn’t for him and would find himself wandering toward a more creative musical path. 

Jesse has been making music since 1996, when he formed his first group, Frank ‘n’ Davison, with members Chris Davison and Chris Macock. They were a progressive instrumental rock band releasing their first full-length studio album in 1999, entitled “The Beginning,” with track names reminiscent of their favorite N64 video game, GoldenEye 007. The 16-year-old childhood friends were all taught and managed by Jesse’s father, John L. Frank Jr., an accomplished classical pianist and composer. The young virtuosos were together for 7 years, recording 3 albums and playing many shows along the Jersey Shore. They later added vocals to the mix and changed the band name to Industry Standerd. In 2005, Jesse moved to South Carolina to further his musical career, where he then founded Industry Standerd Records, and JF Music would actually begin. 

In January of 2009, after playing with several groups and exhausting the Charleston music scene, Jesse and his mother, Carmela opened Lowcountry Music Academy, a family owned and operated teaching facility located in Historic Downtown Summerville. While being a very successful music school, the local business would also become a launch pad for promoting and distributing Jesse’s music. On the evening of February 26th 2011, LCMA hosted a record release party debuting Jesse’s first official solo LP, “Ancient of Days,” a concept album showcasing an array of unique styles and rock instrumentation. Later that year, he put out 3 singles including “Stolen Lullaby,” featuring 15-year-old student and piano prodigy, Caleb Ballard, who then moved on to the performance program for piano at the College of Charleston. Jesse continued to produce solo albums and also work with fellow musicians, Ken Turner (a.k.a. Kenny Monsters), Terris Magnus and Loren Pedano, the leading members of rap group, Blunt’d Truth and LP Productions. 

With over two decades of musical accomplishments, (publishing 9 LPs, 4 EPs, dozens of single releases, receiving a handful of write-ups in the paper and quite a few awards, including the Summerville Journal Scene’s Voted Best Musician in 2014 and 2015), Jesse has established himself across a wide range of musical genres and is known for his versatility and non-conventional recording methods, such as takes recorded outside, across empty rooms, in hallways and showers, as well as incorporating sound samples of nature and objects that are not musical instruments. These experimental studio techniques were not necessarily utilized to improve the music, but to capture the inspiration of the moment. 

Despite what critics say, Jesse’s raw engineering and use of abstract mic placement creates a sound that you won’t hear from anyone else, and that stands apart from the typical overly processed digital recordings you hear from everyone today. Never having used Auto-Tune, Jesse is a firm believer in recording studio live, with no unnecessary enhancement effects and using as much analog equipment as possible. –“Preserving the natural tone of the instruments, vocals and the imperfections of a human performance is what makes music special and is how the emotion of the composer is transferred to others.” 

Being an autobiographical artist, Jesse’s music and lyrics are true stories about his own personal life experiences. All of his album covers are photos he has taken and artwork that he designs and draws himself. Most of his songs are developed within the recording process and not always planned out. The making and sound of the music is a result of his environment and circumstance at that specific time and not under the restriction of a major record label. This allows for freedom of expression, an unadulterated self, the ability to always be different and continue to change with your own interpretations, which is what defines an artist. 

 

Credits

{Hollow Victory Drafts
ALBUM Released Apr 29, 2016 
Produced by Jesse Frank. All Songs, Instruments & Lyrics (written, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered) by Jesse Frank in 2012 at The Ranch in Summerville, SC. Cover photo by Jesse Frank. 
℗ 2015 Industry Standerd Records 

Friend 
Reach for the Sky 
Transparent 
You 
Complete (In Your Presence) 
See Me Through 
Sunday Mourning 
The Girl 
Tiny Music 
I Am Here 


2015 Exclusive SoundCloud Releases 

Complete (In Your Presence) 
Reach For The Sky 
The Girl 
Sunday Mourning 
Sounds of Summer 
The Unknown 
Torn Between 
Neurotomania 


[You
SINGLE Released Oct 20, 2013 
Produced by Jesse Frank. Recorded studio live at The Ranch in Summerville, SC. All Instruments & Lyrics (written, performed, recorded and mixed) by Jesse Frank. Mastered by Salvatore Giglio at Seventeenth Avenue Audio Production in Dayton, NJ. Cover photo by Jesse Frank. 
℗ 2013 Industry Standerd Records 

 

[Sunset City] (feat. Spiritual) 
SINGLE Released Feb 5, 2013 
Produced by Jesse Frank. Guitars & Lyrics (written, performed, recorded and mixed) by Jesse Frank at The Ranch in Summerville, SC. Beat by Loren Pedano/LP Productions. Mastered by Plinky G. Cover photo by Jesse Frank. 
℗ 2013 Brutal Recordz/Industry Standerd Records 


[Stolen Lullaby
SINGLE Released Dec 8, 2011 
Produced by Jesse Frank. Instruments & Lyrics (written, performed and recorded) by Jesse Frank. Caleb Ballard - piano and keyboards. Mixed by Pete Andrews at Submergent Music in Middletown, NJ. Mastered by Salvatore Giglio at Seventeenth Avenue Audio Production in Dayton, NJ. Cover Art, ‘Sailing Into The Sun’ by Stephen Kasun. 
℗ 2011 Industry Standerd Records 


[Ancient of Days] (industry standerd) 
ALBUM Released Jan 10, 2011 
Produced by Jesse Frank. All Songs, Instruments & Lyrics (written, performed, recorded and mixed) by Jesse Frank in Summerville, SC. Cover Art, ‘Love Crush Hammer’ by Jesse Frank. 
℗ 2011 Industry Standerd Records 

Going Down 
Skinny 
Brown Sound 
Pure Life 
Lost 
Rockreation 
Midnight Lights 
Maybelle 
The Great Iconoclast 


[Hollywood Bungalow
EP Released Aug 20, 2008 
Produced by Jesse Frank. All Songs, Instruments & Lyrics (written, performed, recorded and mixed) by Jesse Frank at 118 Electra Ln. Summerville, SC. Mastered by Salvatore Giglio at Seventeenth Avenue Audio Production in Dayton, NJ. 
℗ 2008 Industry Standerd Records 

The Great Iconoclast 
Midnight Lights 
Rockreation 


[War Machine] (feat. Spiritual) 
ALBUM Released Feb 26, 2008 
Produced by Jesse Frank and Bill Yodice. All Songs, Instruments & Lyrics (written, performed, programmed, recorded and mixed) by Jesse Frank at 118 Electra Ln. Summerville, SC. (Track 5) Beat by Loren Pedano/LP Productions. The album was finalized using beats by dr. dre headphones. Mastered by Plinky G. 
℗ 2008 Brutal Recordz/Industry Standerd Records 

Spiritual 
Windz of My Soul 
Testimony 
Battle Axe Woundz 
Turtle Feet 
Repentance 
My Struggle 


[Unwhole] out of print 
EP Released Nov 16, 2005 
Produced by Chris Macock, Jesse Frank and Bill Yodice. All songs (written, performed and recorded) studio live in Fair Haven, NJ by Chris Macock - drums, Jesse Frank - guitar/vocals, Bill Yodice - bass. Cover photo by Jesse Frank. 
℗ 2006 Industry Standerd Records 

Going Down 
Bound 
Skinny 
Unwhole 


[Where Life Goes
ALBUM Released Jun 29, 2005 
Produced by Jesse Frank. Music & Lyrics (written, performed, recorded and mixed) by Jesse Frank in Red Bank, NJ. Tracks 1, 3, 8 were performed studio live by Chris Davison - bass, Chris Macock - drums, Jesse Frank - guitar/vocals in Little Silver, NJ. The Oasis was written by Davison/Frank in 2004. Cover photo by Jesse Frank. 
℗ 2005 Industry Standerd Records 

Water’s Edge 
Questions With No Answers 
Lefty’s Dead 
All Smiles 
Why Do You Have to Go? 
Carolin 
Finger Style 
The Oasis 
Good Stuff 


[Lost
SINGLE Released Oct 29, 2004 
Produced by Jesse Frank. All Instruments (written, performed, recorded and mixed) by Jesse Frank at 1 Manor Dr. Red Bank, NJ. Mastered by Salvatore Giglio at Seventeenth Avenue Audio Production in Dayton, NJ. Cover photo by Jesse Frank. 
℗ 2004 Industry Standerd Records 


[Questions With No Answers
SINGLE Released Jul 14, 2004 
Produced by Jesse Frank. All Instruments & Lyrics (written, performed, recorded and mixed) by Jesse Frank at 1 Manor Dr. Red Bank, NJ. Mastered by Salvatore Giglio at Seventeenth Avenue Audio Production in Dayton, NJ. Cover photo by Hillary Solymosi. 
℗ 2004 Industry Standerd Records 


[Strength To Live] (Without You) 
SINGLE Released Apr 18, 2003 
Produced by Jesse Frank. Music & Lyrics (written and recorded) by Jesse Frank - guitars, bass, djembe, background vocals. Emily Frank - lead vocals, Caleb Ballard - piano, Pete Andrews - percussion. Mixed by Pete Andrews at Submergent Music in Middletown, NJ. Mastered by Salvatore Giglio at Seventeenth Avenue Audio Production in Dayton, NJ. Cover photo by Jesse Frank. 
℗ 2003 Industry Standerd Records 


[The Beginning] (Frank ‘n’ Davison) 
ALBUM Released Sep 6, 1999 
Produced by Mark Schneider, Chris Macock, Jesse Frank and Chris Davison. Performed studio live in Little Silver, NJ by Chris Macock, Jesse Frank & Chris Davison. All Songs (composed, recorded and mixed) by Frank ‘n’ Davison. Cover Art, ‘Cow Skull’ by Jesse Frank. 
℗ 1999 Industry Standerd Records 

Jesse Frank - Drums, tracks 1-6, 8 / Guitar, tracks 7-12 / Vocals, track 7 (right). Chris Macock - Guitar, tracks 1-6 / Drums, tracks 7, 9-12 / Keyboard, track 9. Chris Davison - Bass on all tracks / Vocals, track 7 (left) 

Moonraker Lake (Macock/Frank) 
High Energy (Macock) 
Atomic Rebel (Macock/Frank) 
Spring Break (Macock) 
Running In The Moonlight (Macock) 
It’s Gotta Be Funky (Macock) 
Rebel’s Ride (Davison/Frank) 
Daybreak (Frank) 
The Frank ‘n’ Davison Blues (Frank) 
Canyon Run (Frank) 
The Funk (Frank) 
Goldenfunk (Davison/Frank)