Jesse Brock is the winner of the 2009 & 2015 International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA) Mandolin Performer of the Year Award and is nominated again in 2021 in the same category. Jesse began his Bluegrass career with his family band at the age of nine. He actually started singing at age 7, taking fiddle lessons at 8 & picked up the mandolin at 9. His first album (1983) was recorded with his family at age 11 and later that year played the Grand Ole' Opry as the first place prize winnings at Bill Monroe's Bean Blossom Band Contest. As Bill's guest on the Early Bird Special, C.W. Brock & the Next of Kin, later to be renamed The C.W. Brock Family played two songs.
Jesse is currently performing with the Eastern TN.- based Bluegrass band, Authentic Unlimited. This band continues on after the announced retirement of leader, Doyle Lawson. In addition to his current position, Jesse is also offering his Streamliner album band for bookings. The new album Streamliner on Sound Biscuit Productions is now released featuring artists Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Jason Carter, Josh Swift, Rob Ickes, Russ Carson, Ron Block, Greg Blake, Barry Reed, and Dale Perry.
Jesse is also a solo artist in his own right, with an IBMA award-nominated CD 'Kickin' Grass' on Pinecastle Records that includes an A-list of pickers and was co-produced with his former band mate, Ron Stewart. In 2007, Jesse co-produced Rick Lang's album (w/long-time friend, songwriter/singer, John Miller), 'Look to the Light", another multi-award-nominated project. Rick Lang commissioned Jesse Brock and John Miller to arrange all the original songs and produce the album, which went on to be in the first round of the Grammy's, the final round of the GMA Dove Awards, and the final round of the IBMA awards (2011).
Jesse has been privileged to play all over the world, making his first trip to Europe in 1997, and returning several times since, including a trip to Bulgaria to record with Lilly Drumeva. Brock has since recorded in Spain as well.
Jesse has worked with: The Lynn Morris Band (2 albums), Chris Jones & the Nightdrivers (1 album), Dale Ann Bradley (2 albums), Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (4 albums), Audie Blaylock & Redline (2 albums) & a 5-year tenure with The Gibson Bros. (2 albums). Most recently, Jesse traveled with Fast Track and also recorded 2 albums in one year (secular Bluegrass album simply title, 'Fast Track' & Gospel album, 'Good News'. Another new single was released late '21on EMG Records for Fast Track entitled, 'Country Boy'.
Jesse first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry at the young age of 11, and since has performed on stage with Ricky Skaggs, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, The Tony Rice Unit, and the list goes on. In recent years, Jesse was an integral part of Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, recording two band albums awarded IBMA's "Instrumental Album of the Year" (2009 & 2011), and the band winning "Instrumental Group of the Year" four years in a row (2007-2010). Brock was also on Michael's two Rounder solo projects in the early-mid 2000's: 'Flamekeeper' & 'Let 'Er Go, Boys'.