Jesse Colin Young (born Perry Miller; November 22, 1941) is an American singer / songwriter / folksinger and a founding member of the group The Youngbloods.
Young was born and raised in Queens, New York City. His mother was a violinist and his father was an accountant with a strong interest in classical music. At the age of 15 years old, Young received a scholarship to the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and was later expelled.
During the 1960s, while living in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan, Young released two solo albums, The Soul of a City Boy and Young Blood. He then formed the group called The Youngbloods which included guitarist Jerry Corbitt, keyboardist/guitarist Lowell "Banana" Levinger, and drummer Joe Bauer. Their first album contained the song "Get Together", written by Chet Powers, which was re-released as a single in 1969 and used as an advertising theme for television. Young and his band, the Youngbloods, founded a record label called Raccoon Records, and released four additional albums.
Young left the group in 1972 and released a solo album called Together. His fourth solo album, Song for Juli, had four singles and remained on the Billboard Top 200 chart for several months. In 1978, Jesse recorded the album American Dreams, which was followed by the album The Perfect Stranger in 1982. In 1987 he released the album The Highway Is for Heroes.
He continued touring and re-formed the Youngbloods band for a time before going back to a solo recording career in 1987. He has since begun re-issuing older material.
In 1993 he began his own recording company called Ridgetop Music.
In September 1979 Young performed in the "No Nukes" concert.
His recording studio and house in Inverness, California, were destroyed in the Mount Vision fire in 1995. Young, his wife, Connie, and their two children spent the next ten years living in Hawaii, where they maintained a coffee plantation. In 2006, Young moved his family to South Carolina.