Jesse Lee grew up in Palo Alto, Calif., where she began pursuing music at an early age. She was performing at state festivals by the time she was 11. At 13, she moved with her family to Florida where she enrolled in a performing arts school. During this time, she opened shows for Willie Nelson, Ronnie Milsap, Clay Walker and other country artists. After finishing high school, Lee moved to Nashville and enrolled in Belmont University's music business program where she pursued music and songwriting.