Jaelee Danielle Roberts
Fourteen-year-old* Jaelee Roberts is a Tennessee girl that was born with bluegrass in her blood! Born April 9, 2001 in Nashville, TN, Jaelee is the only child of Danny and Andrea Roberts and she was hearing bluegrass music before she ever entered the world. Her mom, Andrea, toured regularly playing acoustic bass until just a month before she was born, so Jaelee was well accustomed to the steady downbeat and rhythm of music from the very beginning of her life…literally. Her dad, Danny, is the mandolin player for The Grascals so bluegrass has truly been Jaelee’s world from day one and she wouldn’t have it any other way!
Jaelee showed interest in music very early and she's been singing and dancing as long as her not to be judged against her peers and friends. So, at the ripe-old age of twelve Jaelee retired from the music competition circuit. Jaelee has been blessed to join her dad and The Grascals on stage to sing and play many times and she is so grateful to them for the opportunities that they have given her. She has also been honored to sing on stage with Marty Raybon, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, and the legendary Melvin Goins as well as joining The Grand Ole Opry Square Dancers to clog on stage at the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium numerous times. Recently Jaelee joined Grand Ole Opry Members, The Whites, on stage at the Grand Ole Opry for a finale version of their Carter Family hit “Keep On The Sunny Side” which is a moment that she will hold dear in her heart for the rest of her life! Growing up backstage at the Opry has given Jaelee treasured memories more precious than gold and she does not take for granted the fact that she’s been able to meet many of the legends in bluegrass and country music.
Jaelee really does not have a favorite singer, instrumentalist, or band…she loves a variety of styles of music and she appreciates the talent of everyone she hears. However, her musical passion is without a doubt bluegrass, Gospel and traditional country! One of Jaelee’s absolute favorite things to do is go to the Station Inn to listen to “New Monday” (featuring Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Val Storey, Aubrey Haynie, Doug Jernigan, Catherine Marx, Mike Bub, and Larry Atamanuik). Those folks have been so kind to invite Jaelee to sing with them several times and that has certainly kindled a great fondness of the steel, piano, and percussion along with a great appreciation for songwriting.
Jaelee has also had the opportunity to record on two different CDs by the age of twelve. Her first time to be in the studio was at Tom T. and Mrs. Dixie Hall’s with The Daughters of Bluegrass. She was one the featured performers on the song “Creasy Greens” and she also sang harmony on “Kentucky in the Rain” and “Buildings Ain’t Churches” on this historic recording project. Her second time in the studio was to sing on her dad’s CD, Nighthawk (Mountain Home Records), which was released in May, 2014. Jaelee sang lead on two songs, “Oh, Atlanta” and “How Great Thou Art” and sang harmony with her mom on the song “I Went Down A Beggar (But I Came Up A Millionaire).
Also, every year since she was ten years old, Jaelee joins a few of her young, bluegrass musician friends (including Kyle Ramey and Col. Isaac Moore – both of Indiana) as the “Stars of Tomorrow” to perform at the Two Rivers Bluegrass Festival in Leakesville, MS and the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival in Bean Blossom, IN. She always looks forward to this with great anticipation!
Jaelee aspires to be a professional musician and singer when she grows up and she really can’t see herself doing anything else (except maybe being a dental hygienist or assistant…she loves the dentist). Her biggest dream is to perform on the Grand Ole Opry and she also hopes to have a band some day and play at bluegrass festivals. Jaelee is thankful for the many opportunities that she’s had already to share her love for music with others and to learn from some of the very best musicians and singers that there are in the world.
Keep your eyes and ears on Jaelee Roberts; she hopes to represent bluegrass music well in the coming years.