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M​usic & creativity runs in my family. My dad, singer & entertainer Jerry Wallace hit it big in the '50's & ''60's with songs like "Primrose Lane", How The Time Flies, In the Misty Moonlight & more... His career spanned decades, recording well over 20 albums.

My Stepfather, jazz pianist, composer & arranger Dennis Michaels, has also been a huge influence on my musical direction. He has worked with Fred Travalena, Florence Henderson, to name a few & most recently has toured, recorded & arranged with the legendary singer, Keely Smith.

I have played with the duo known as "The Fabulous Bluejayz". Also with Wallace & Phines (duo). Others I have played with, Stephen Phines, Mike McClaren, Dave Hinz, Tami Pallingston & Nalini Cogswell & Pete Dyszczakowski. I have recorded 6 CD's, most notably "Treehugger" which includes the hit song, "Julia Butterfly Hill, Are You Up There Still?" The song is featured as theme & background music in the full-length documentary, "BUTTERFLY", that has aired on POV/PBS & has been screened in numerous theatres worldwide.

I'm a Songwriter, guitarist. singer, harmonicas. There is something spiritual about the creative process. I feel that the songs are gifts from the creator and once finished it's as if they were always there.

I switch between styles, folk, jazzy lounge & blues. My instruments: Yamaha FG345, Fender Strat & Harmonicas.

I record all of my material on an old Roland 880EX, which is powered by the sun since I live completely off-the-grid. Hope enjoy my music! :)

Jesse Manzanita Jesse Manzanita, Salinas, Ca, United States

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    4) Liberty & Justice at 2.20
    on June 26, 2014 16:27
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    1) Ivory Tower at 3.04
    on June 26, 2014 16:27
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    7) Mother Earth at 0.58
    on June 26, 2014 15:41

    so great to hear these great tunes again!

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    8) Fallen Rainforest at 0.47
    on June 26, 2014 15:36

    ah the memories :)

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    10) I Am A Mountain at 0.20
    on June 26, 2014 15:32

    This is a classic album!

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    10) I Am A Mountain at 1.04
    on June 26, 2014 15:32

    so glad you guys got your music on Soundcloud

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    11) I Am A Patriot (And The River Opens for t... at 4.24
    on June 26, 2014 15:30

    always great to hear this one!

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    Make It Better at 1.46
    on December 12, 2013 01:42

    beautiful harmonies!

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    Make It Better at 1.32
    on December 12, 2013 01:42

    Love that banjo too

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    Make It Better at 0.23
    on December 12, 2013 01:41

    Love that banjo too!

  • A Comment on OneSoulfulSidekick's
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    Make It Better at 0.23
    on December 12, 2013 01:41

    Nice playing Laura

  • A Comment on OneSoulfulSidekick's
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    I'm Saying Goodbye at 3.04
    on December 12, 2013 01:40

    Great song!

  • A Comment on OneSoulfulSidekick's
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    I'm Saying Goodbye at 2.33
    on December 12, 2013 01:39

    nice licks Laura!

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    Here With You at 1.21
    on December 12, 2013 01:35

    Oh Laura that would be wonderful! If you want a chart, let me know. Also if you need a different key. I will transpose it for you. If you guys do the song, I can add that to our ASCAP list. Thanks Laura :)

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    I'm Savin' This Smile at 3.25
    on December 10, 2013 00:44

    so talented! wonderful

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    I'm Savin' This Smile at 2.54
    on December 10, 2013 00:44

    i agree with rob!

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    I'm Savin' This Smile at 1.02
    on December 10, 2013 00:42

    my new favorite artist on soundcloud! awesome!

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    I'm Savin' This Smile at 0.27
    on December 10, 2013 00:41

    love that guitar!

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    Grinnin at 2.55
    on December 10, 2013 00:40

    are you the whole band? sax, guitar, drums and all?

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    Grinnin at 1.59
    on December 10, 2013 00:39

    i so love this song! <3

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    Grinnin at 0.26
    on December 10, 2013 00:36

    wow! you are great! <3

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    High Time at 0.16
    on December 02, 2013 16:07

    Hi Tom, have you been able to to use the vocal from High Time for one of your creations? I'd love to hear it. Thanks, Jesse :)

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    High Time at 0.16
    on November 28, 2013 00:33

    Hi Tom, Yes sure. I'd love to hear what you come up with. <3

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    High Time at 2.52
    on November 27, 2013 00:33

    Thank you Dan I appreciate the compliment :)

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    High Time at 1.36
    on November 27, 2013 00:32

    Thank you Tony for the compliment

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    High Time at 0.40
    on November 27, 2013 00:31

    Thanks so much

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    High Time at 4.19
    on November 27, 2013 00:31

    Thank you Sara for your kind words :)

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    Wherever You Will Go at 0.21
    on November 18, 2013 15:31

    Very nice voice :)

  • A Comment on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's
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    Macklemore X Ryan Lewis - Same Love feat. Mary ... at 2.37
    on June 26, 2013 23:40

    I love you guys!

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    Macklemore X Ryan Lewis - Same Love feat. Mary ... at 2.13
    on June 26, 2013 23:40

    God Bless you!

  • A Comment on Jesse Manzanita's
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    Since You Went Away at 0.19
    on June 26, 2013 20:18

    @shanga: thank you Shanga <3

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    Jack Johnson- home(cover) at 3.22
    on June 23, 2013 23:43

    I LOVE this ending, so very pretty!

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    Jack Johnson- home(cover) at 2.40
    on June 23, 2013 23:43

    ok so you mess the lyric up a bit but really this is the best cover of this song on soundcloud for sure

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    Jack Johnson- home(cover) at 1.17
    on June 23, 2013 23:42

    I mean it's a little rough in spots but the song sort of calls for it eh?

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    Jack Johnson- home(cover) at 0.16
    on June 23, 2013 23:41

    Can't believe this has almost 2000 listens and only 9 likes!

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    11 - Willow at 2.03
    on June 23, 2013 13:35

    very creative

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    11 - Willow at 0.44
    on June 23, 2013 13:34

    pretty song

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    Never Know by Jack Johnson - Cover at 2.00
    on June 23, 2013 13:31
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    Sister Mama at 4.14
    on June 19, 2013 14:20

    great song Jan!

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    Sister Mama at 4.33
    on June 19, 2013 14:18

    Wow this was live too, good job!

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