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Jessie James Decker is an American country pop singer who was born on April 12, 1988.

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Decker started collaborating with Big Yellow Dog Music’s Carla Wallace at 15. Mercury Records heard one of her tracks and decided to offer her a recording contract. In 2009, she released Jessie James, a self-titled debut album. A few years later, in 2013, she co-starred in the E! reality series Eric & Jessie: Game On with her NFL wide receiver husband Eric Decker.

She was born to her mother Karen Johnson and father Robert James on an American military base in Vicenza, in the Italian region of Veneto. She lived in Iowa, Kentucky, Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia while growing up, and graduated from Warner Robins High School in 2007. Decker said in an interview that she started singing at the age of two.

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When she was nine years old, she sang I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart to win her first talent competition in Baker, Louisiana.

The independent label Big Yellow Dog Music’s Carla Wallace, who assisted Decker with her songwriting and singing, took her in when she was seventeen. Gypsy Girl, one of her songs, was co-written with two Yellow Dog songwriters and ended up in the hands of record executive David Massey, who introduced her to L.A. Reid.

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She sang her John Rich-produced song “My Cowboy” at her audition for Reid. Mercury Records and Decker quickly entered into a contract.