Jesse Charbonier was born in Chicago. He always had a love of the arts and began acting, singing, and songwriting at an early age, but became more involved as a more behind-the-scenes player—marketing, directing, producing, films and music artists. As a result, Charbonier truly understands and value all of the elements that come together to create a moving event, film or musical performance.
In music, Charbonier has developed and produced music and music videos for artists of various genres. In cinema, his involvement varies, from the full-scale production of independent feature films, to programming and organizing film festivals all over the United States.
Years ago two films had a profound effect on Charbonier; the documentary film "Let's Get Lost" directed by Bruce Weber featuring the life of Chet Baker, and "Lady Sings The Blues" directed by Sidney J. Furie, about the life of Billie Holiday starring Diana Ross. He credits these two films for introducing him to the music of Jazz. Although he was raised on Latin and R&B music and still has a fondness for them, those two films led to his exploration of other great Jazz artists and composers. It was then that his love affair for the great jazz songs and vocalists began.
In Spring 2010, Charbonier came to terms with his love of jazz music and finally decided to pursue his true love of singing passionately.
His first recording “Let’s Not Discuss It” succeeds in doing just that. With an exquisite composition by Federico D’Antoni, Charbonier wrote haunting lyrics to accompany the lush arrangements by Arturo Solar. The recording came all together under the guidance of producer Juan Manzur. “Let’s Not Discuss It” is a production motivated by the love that they each have for the musicianship that jazz allows them to perform.
Because Charbonier has a filmmaking background, it was important that the accompanying music video for the song have a cinematic element to it. It was his way of honoring the popular “film noir” style of the time. The video, produced by Charbonier, was directed by multi-award winning film maker Tadeo Garcia and multi-Emmy award winner Mario Carrasco.
Jesse Charbonier has only just started down a path of artistic fulfillment. It is a path that has been paved by determination and a true passion for the arts, culture and entertainment, as well as the joy and enrichment it brings others.