Female Focus Friday: “Peter Pan” Co-Writer Jesse Lee Takes Us To the “Hotel”


My favorite thing about Nashville’s Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival is seeing writers I have loved for years; but another part I love is meeting new writers. My friend is an aspiring songwriter, and she cites Jesse Lee as her inspiration, realizing her passion for writing after being introduced to her music. So, when we found out that Lee would be performing during the week, we immediately made plans to be in the audience.

While country music fans may now recognize Lee as Kelsea Ballerini‘s co-writer on her current single “Peter Pan,” the adorable and incredibly talented Parallel Music Publishing writer has her own catalog of radio contenders. Specifically, the cleverly penned “Hotel” (which my friend warned me I would fall in love with) is one that should not go unheard by the masses.

Knowing she has a masterpiece on her hands, Lee has cut “Hotel” several times, most recently including it on her EP of the same name and re-recording it for a future project. The song tells the story of a woman who realizes her husband is cheating on her, taking his mistress to a hotel for rendezvous. When she confronts her husband and gets nothing but lies, she goes to the other woman for the truth.

The story is relayed through Lee’s stunning vocals, specifically showing off her ability to write a witty song that slays and snarks all at once. Watch Jesse Lee perform “Hotel” below and download her latest EP on iTunes by clicking here.