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Jesse Keith Whitley Releases New Single This Week

He’s a 3rd generation singer/songwriter, eager to make his own way and still honor tradition. Jesse Keith Whitley, the son of Lorrie Morgan and the late Keith Whitley, and grandson of Grand Ole Opry legend George Morgan, released his debut single to radio today, May 9th.
“Kentucky Thunder” is the title track from Jesse’s debut project. It’s a rockin’ country song with attitude. Produced by James Stroud, the 6-pack also includes “Where Would I Be,” a song Jesse co-wrote with Jon Randall (“Whiskey Lullaby”), as well as a remake of “Don’t Close Your Eyes.”
Ironically, May 9 marks the 22nd anniversary of Keith Whitley’s passing at the age of 33. Jesse was just shy of his second birthday when he lost his famous father.
 “We didn’t plan it, although I considered how cool it would be to honor my dad on that date,” Jesse says. “The schedule just worked out and it’s a pretty special coincidence. I hope he would be proud.”
 Jesse has been touring with his mother and recently appeared at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony, accepting the honor on behalf of his late father. At the awards ceremony, Jesse performed his dad’s hit, “Miami, My Amy.”
 “There is a quality in Jesse’s voice that is so recognizable, so undeniable,” Lorrie Morgan says. “but I’m happy that he’s carving out his own path. He tips his hat to tradition, but he’s developing his own distinct style.”
Kentucky Thunder is available from Octabrook Records. The new single is available on iTunes.
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