JESSIE WAGNER Pays Tribute To Dirty Dancing In New Video For Cover Of 60’s Soul Classic “Cry To Me”

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JESSIE WAGNER (Lenny Kravitz, Chic, Duran Duran, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, etc.) Pays Tribute To ‘Dirty Dancing’ In New Music Video For Cover Of 60’s Soul Classic “Cry To Me”

“Soulful Sensation”- FolknRock

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Jessie Wagner has just dropped the music video for her recent single– a cover of the early 1960’s classic “Cry To Me” by soul singer Solomon Burke. The track/video serves to tide fans over until the release of her sophomore solo LP on Wicked Cool Records in late 2023/early 2024.

Jessie says, “Are you sad that summer is about to end? Well, come on and Cry To Me! Check out my homage to ‘Dirty Dancing’ and let’s keep this summer jam pumping!”

Watch the video here:


Drew Bordeaux – Cinematographer, Editor

Eben Moore – Director

Anthony Giles – Makeup

Becca Dunne – Assistant Director, Set Design

Amber Sievers – Assistant Director, Set Design

Ismael Garcia – Dancer

Of her upbeat, doo-wop-flavored take on the beloved song, Wagner says “Ever since I saw Patrick Swayze gently sway Jennifer Grey in his beautifully sculpted arms to Solomon Burke’s “Cry To Me,” I was immediately obsessed with this sensual song. It continues to be one of my favorites, and I am ecstatic to release my take on this sexy classic.”

Stream the single on all streaming platforms:

The in-demand touring vocalist has shared stages with the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Chic, Duran Duran, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul) and is the frontwoman for NYC rock/soul band Army of the Underdog. She released her critically acclaimed debut solo album ‘Shoes Droppin’ in 2020.

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What Others Have Said About Jessie Wagner:

“Ranging from the gritty power of Etta James and Aretha Franklin to the gentle sentimentality of Roberta Flack and Barbara Lewis, Jessie Wagner captures the energy of Stax and the sophistication of Motown.. a stunning debut that celebrates the past and heralds a promising future for Soul music.” – The Alternate Root Magazine

” It vibes with a slick, cool aura, every track outdone by the proceeding one. It is killer without filler, oozing with the confidence…”- Big Takeover

“…could be the cure for the bleakness that is 2020. At the very least, we’ve got a fun soundtrack.”- American Songwriter

“Vocalist Jessie Wagner can make any music soar”- Goldmine

“With its charming acoustic rhythms and drums, this beautifully written song simultaneously seems like an apology/non-apology to those you care about while dealing with relationship growth.”- Folknrock

“Coolest Song In The World!”- Underground Garage

“One Of The Best Musical Surprises Of 2020”- Phil’s Picks

“Jessie Wagner’s vocals have heightened the music of artists like Lenny Kravitz, Chic, Duran Duran and others. On Wagner’s new album, “Shoes Droppin,” her vocal talents once again have a chance to truly soar.”- Goldmine

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Photo: Drew Bordeaux


About Jessie Wagner:

It’s been a long journey to center stage for Jessie Wagner. Having gained her greatest exposure to date by singing songs everyone knows the words to, on some of the world’s biggest stages, it’s only now, through sharing her own triumphs and pain, that the spotlight is shining directly on her at last.

After logging thousands of miles as an in-demand vocalist on tour with Lenny Kravitz, Chic, Duran Duran, Kid Rock and most recently Little Steven and The Disciples Of Soul, Jessie Wagner revealed a very personal collection of songs with ‘Shoes Droppin’ her 2020 debut solo album for Wicked Cool Records.

Displaying an impressive range encompassing bluesy R&B, neo-soul, acoustic balladry and rock a la John Mayer’s more confessional side, Shoes maintained a unified sound rooted in ’60s and ’70s style production. The songs traced times of darkness and redemption for the Norfolk, Virginia native, now based in New York City, who also fronts the rock/soul band Army of the Underdog.

Recorded during downtime from the Little Steven world tour, ‘Shoes Droppin” was produced by drummer Dave Diamond (Bob Weir, Derek Trucks) with engineer Chris Laybourne, and featured co-writes with seasoned soul guitarist Sherrod Barnes (Beyoncé, Angie StoneAshantiWhitney Houston, Roberta Flack and Queen Latifah).

Wagner will release her sophomore solo effort in late 2023/early 2024.