Jalessa Cade - North Carolina Folk Festival

The presentation of Jalessa Cade is funded with support from the North Carolina Folklife Institute.

2021 NC Folk Festival Gospel Performer, Jalessa Cade
Elizabethtown, NC

Jalessa Cade

Jalessa Cade better known as “Songbird” is originally from Dunn, NC. She has been operating in her gifts since the humble age of 7 years old. She comes from a Gospel-inspired background; listening to the sounds of CeCe Winans, Daryl Coley, and John P. Kee, to name a few. Growing up, Jalessa’s father was an Elder in the church. She was brought up in church singing in the choir. Upon graduating high school, she traveled locally and nationally spreading the good news of Jesus Christ through song. With the constant travel and being used by God, Jalessa never forgot where she came from. A strong love for praise and worship developed while being a faithful member of Gospel Tabernacle under the leadership of Pastor Ken Milliken. She was a part of the praise team, choir, and theatre arts program. Jalessa was molded under the direction of Pastor Danny Meads teaching her proper stage etiquette and diction; he is a heavy influence to her even today. Jalessa is now an active member of True Holiness in Elizabethtown, NC under the leadership of Pastor KC Smith where she’s the Praise & Worship Leader and minister.