Jesse Rae

Jesse Rae

Jesse Rae is a Scottish singer from St Boswells. Singing and composing in a predominantly funk/pop style, he has worked with many famous musicians over the years. These include Bernie Worrell, Keith Le Blanc, Doug Wimbish, Skip McDonald and Roger Troutman.
His single "Over the Sea", reached number 65 in the UK Singles Chart in 1985. The video for the single – which features a kilted, helmeted, claymore-brandishing Rae in both New York City and the Scottish Highlands – won a Vira award. An album entitled 'The Thistle' was released in 1987 on WEA but failed to chart.

As a songwriter, he is best known for the 1982 Odyssey hit single, "Inside Out".

In 2007, he stood for the Scottish Parliament as an independent in the Scottish Borders electoral constituency of Roxburgh and Berwickshire. He gained 318 votes for a 1.2% share of the vote. He stood again in 2011 as an independent candidate in the expanded seat of Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire this time polling 308 votes for a 1.1% share.

On 21 February 2009, a debate opened up on the Tartan Army (followers of Scotland's football team) message board, regarding "Over The Sea" being picked as the new Tartan Army national anthem.

On 21 October 2010, Rae opened for Adam Ant at The Union Chapel in London, playing a half hour set and on May 23rd 2011, he was one of the support acts for Adam Ant at the O2 Academy in Glasgow. He has also been confirmed as support for several dates on Adam Ant's November 2011 tour.

2012 saw the release of Jesse's compilations albums - "The Best O'" and "Funk Warrior".
An expanded 2CD reissue of 'The Thistle' is scheduled for an April 2014 release.
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Jesse Rae Discography


242 116-1 Jesse Rae The Thistle (Album) WEA, Luzuli Video Records, WEA, Luzuli Video Records 242 116-1 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
EB007 Jesse Rae Compression(CD, Album) Echo Beach EB007 Europe 1996 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

B-437 Jesse Rae D.E.S.I.R.E. / Skydiver Bold Records B-437 US 1979 Sell This Version
44-03374 Jesse Rae Rusha / Desire Columbia 44-03374 US 1982 Sell This Version
SAM 376 Jesse Rae Over The Sea (Single) Scotland Video Records SAM 376 UK 1983 Sell This Version
EDITION 84-5 Jesse Rae (It's Just) The Dog In Me / Be Yourself(12", Single) Supreme International Editions EDITION 84-5 UK 1984 Sell This Version
YZ 116, 248 376-7 Jesse Rae Hou-di-ni (Single) WEA, WEA YZ 116, 248 376-7 UK 1987 Sell This Version
YZ138 Jesse Rae That Kind O'Girl (Single) WEA International Inc. YZ138 UK 1987 Sell This Version
ON-U D.P. 24 Jesse Rae & Strange Parcels Jesse Rae & Strange Parcels - Body Blastin'(10", Ltd) On-U Sound ON-U D.P. 24 UK 1993 Sell This Version


LUZ2012 Jesse Rae The Best O'(CD, Comp, Ltd) Luzuli Music LUZ2012 UK 2012 Sell This Version
LUZ2012-2 Jesse Rae Funk Warrior - A Collection(CD, Comp, Ltd) Luzuli Music LUZ2012-2 UK 2012 Sell This Version

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