Genna & Jesse are defined by a unique alchemy born of the quirky chemistry, intricate vocal
harmonies and ardent storytelling which infuse their songwriting and vibrant performances. With whispers (and sometimes roars) of folk, blue-eyed soul, jazz, blues, torch song, and popular music from
the ‘60s and ‘70s, their self-chosen genre “Retro Soul Pop” doesn’t quite encompass what they conjure up in their joyful live shows and sensual, deliberate albums. These two shrug off music industry
conventions in favor of doing what feels good, and this genre-defying dedication to being current and free has an exciting and irresistible effect. Drawing inspiration from their romantic nomadic
lifestyle, Genna & Jesse might best be described as modern troubadours, generously offering listeners glimpses of their always-moving world with something fresh, true and genuinely
Genna and Jesse began performing together in 2009 when Genna hired Jesse to play piano in her San Francisco soul-punk band “Fiction Like Candy”. While working together, a romantic union blossomed and
the two decided to write and perform as a duo. The two were married in 2013 and welcomed a baby into the world in 2019. They travel the world together as a family.
Genna Giacobassi is originally from Lansing, MI. Her parents are both musicians and she grew up surrounded by, and immersed in, music. Inspired by her love of musical theater, jazz, and Motown, she
attended Interlochen Arts Academy High School, where she studied voice. A rebellious spirit, she put aside a future in performing the works of others in order to obey her internal muse. In 1995,
still a teenager, she dropped out of school and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to hone her performance and songwriting skills. Her soulful voice is at once easygoing and acrobatic, with hints of
Billie Holiday, Rickie Lee Jones, Norah Jones, Bonnie Raitt and Joni Mitchell.
Jesse Dyen has a colorful musical history — he has drawn praise for his anti-war anthem “Sons and Daughters,” from Willie Nelson, bought beer for Joe Strummer, broken Joan Baez’s guitar string, and
been to jail with Daniel Ellsberg. Jesse has self-produced hundreds of tracks and has appeared in projects in the U.S., Europe and Africa. His album “Contents Under Pressure,” recorded in his
hometown Philadelphia and featuring some of Philly’s finest musicians, has received radio airplay both domestically and internationally, and was recorded by producer/drummer Andy Kravitz, who also
engineered and produced a number of tracks on the duo’s 2016 release, “Asphalt Rhapsody.”
Genna & Jesse have been living the nomadic lifestyle for over eight years, and are currently on an international perma-tour, promoting the “Say OK” album. Their tour, which includes club venues,
house concerts, restaurants, cafes, and festivals, is being done with as small a carbon footprint as possible.
"Giacobassi's velvety vocals coast across piano keys on ballads like 'Don't Be Surprised.' Dyen boasts a storyteller's intonation; when the two join in harmony, it's like earth meeting fire."
"Simply impressive...They offered us one wonderful, very emotional show." -Tried & True Magazine, Germany
"...incredibly catchy, with melodies and hooks that'll make pop cynics smile, and have fans of grown-up radio reaching for the volume dial." -Leicester Bangs Music Magazine
"[Genna & Jesse's] performances are tailored towards an intimate audience, demanding attention through intrigue rather than volume. Routine and monotony are challenges not faced by this pair, or
by their music..." -Carousel Magazine