ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jesse Kinch’s life is full of excitement.
The rock musician is gearing up to head to Europe for the first time in support of his debut album, “I’m Not Like Everybody Else.”
To top that off, the album has also been pressed to vinyl.
“It’s a dream come true,” says the 25-year-old musician. “I’ve been dreaming about having a vinyl album since I was six years old. To hold mine and put it on a record player, it’s amazing. And then I look at the liner notes and I see all songs written by Jesse Kinch.”
Kinch’s journey in the music industry has been long — and interesting.
He appeared on the TV competition series, “Rising Star” in 2014. The series aired on ABC.
As Kinch navigated his way through the competition, he found himself becoming more confident. The viewers took notice.
In the final episode, he won the competition by garnering 76% of the vote.
By winning the TV series, Kinch became the first and only winner. He was signed to Capitol Records but eventually parted ways due to creative differences.
In 2016, he signed a record deal with Curb Records and released his debut album.
Writing for the album took a few years.
“I had been writing songs since I was 16 or 17,” he says. “I recorded the album when I was 22. The songs that were my favorites made the album.”
Kinch’s musical style has often been compared to those in the 1960s and 1970s.
While it’s humbling, Kinch tries not to get caught up in it.
“I’m trying to be the truest performer I can be,” he says. “It’s important that I always am me in music. I’m always evolving.”
Kinch’s upcoming European tour in July has taken a lot of work.
He’s full of excitement, as well.
“I’m going to Manchester and then heading over to London,” he says. “I’m really excited to get overseas for the first time. The album was released in the U.K. in November. We’re looking to tour beyond the U.S. and if I can get any success out there that will be fantastic.”
While the anticipation is growing for the tour, Kinch isn’t resting anytime soon.
He’s been busy working on new music.
“There’s some great new material brewing,” he says. “The first album has helped me get my name out there more. The next one will build on that.”
Now 25, Kinch says he’s along for the ride — wherever it may take him.
“I’m still very eager and I have to relax and enjoy it,” he says. “The way the music industry works is you do all you can and then it’s all in other people’s hands. You’re entrusting people to move your career forward. The scary part is that your fate is in other people’s hands and I have a great team behind me.”