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Jesse Rutherford

AKA: Jesse James Rutherford

About Jesse Rutherford

Jesse James Rutherford, sometimes known as “Je$$e” and sometimes stylised as “jesse rutherford,” was born in Newbury Park, California on August 21st, 1991. Jesse began his musical career as a rap artist with the mixtape Truth Hurts, Truth Heals, but he is most notable for being the lead singer of indie band The Neighbourhood.

In 2016, Jesse created a SoundCloud account titled “The Factoury®.” After releasing 13 tracks, in late 2017 he released “Born to be Blonde” and abandoned the alias. He now uses his own name (stylized as “jesse rutherford” in lowercase) for his solo work. However, Jesse still uses this alias to release throwaway songs and loose tracks.

Jesse’s first involvement in the entertainment industry was acting—as a child, he landed a few roles in advertisements, television shows and movies such as Star Trek: Enterprise, Life or Something Like It, Ted Bundy and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. When he eventually entered the world of music he first performed in several talent shows, impersonating ‘N Sync and Elvis Presley.

As he grew older, he began to take music a little more seriously. In 2008, he was the lead vocalist in a local band called Curicula. After that band came to an end, he and his friend Jez Dior formed a duo named The Good Boys. The Neighbourhood wasn’t formed until 2011, when they released their first song together, “Female Robbery.”

Jesse’s music is often about his life experiences. He has sung about dealing with his father’s passing, and his tumultuous relationship with ex-girlfriend Anabel Englund.

He loves black and white. As a result, a lot of his songs are about having a “black and white” mentality, and his social media posts and interviews are often black and white. His partial color blindness may attribute to his affinity for the aesthetic.

When he was 12, Jesse told his mom that he was going to be covered in tattoos and, sure enough, now he is. His tattoos include an upside-down Illuminati symbol on his neck, the words “let go” and “let God” on his chest, and the words “know love” on his knuckles. Not many people know this, but he also has a tattoo of a switchblade on his eyebrow.

Jesse stirred up controversy when he made a complete nude appearance in the music video for The Neighbourhood’s “Afraid” and again when he was arrested for drug possession at the Newark airport in 2014.

He currently resides in California with his pet dog Martin and his girlfriend Devon Lee Carlson. Devon and her family are the founders of phone accessory company Wildflower Cases.