Janesa Jaida Barrett (b. August 6, 2002), known professionally as Nessa Barrett, is an American internet personality, singer, and songwriter. Barrett was born and brought up in Galloway Township, New Jersey. She said that she had been interested in the performing arts since she was very young. She cites artists like the Arctic Monkeys, Lana Del Rey, Melanie Martinez and The Neighbourhood as her musical influences.
Barrett first became famous on TikTok in 2019 for her original music and covers. Later, in mid-2020, she released her debut single, “Pain” and since then, she has released EPs and singles. In 2020, she moved from New Jersey to Los Angeles, to focus on her music career. As of 2023, she has 10.3 million followers on TikTok, 1.2 million followers on YouTube, 6.9 million followers on Instagram and 2 m followers on Twitter.
Nessa first became popular on TikTok in the year 2019. She mainly posted videos of her lip-syncing to trending audios, trending dances and challenges on the app. She also posted music covers on the app. In 2020, Warner Records reached out to Nessa, signing her onto the label. She released her debut single “Pain” under the label. As of 2022, the song has over 12 million views on YouTube, and over 14 million streams on Spotify.
Intending to release music mainly in the alternative pop and punk genre, she released her second single “If U Love Me” in October 2020, followed by a darker version of the song “Santa Baby”, originally by Eartha Kitt, in December 2020.
On February 19, 2021, Barrett released the single “La Di Die”, collaborating with artist Jxdn. The single was co-written by Barrett and Jxdn, along with other songwriters, was produced by Travis Barker, of Blink-182 fame. The single focuses on the side effects of fame, on how it is dramatized and how sad and lonely the thing can be.
Jxdn and Barrett performed the single on the talk show ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on April 7, 2021. They also performed the single on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on April 12, 2021. As of 2022, the song has over 50 million views on YouTube, and over 12 million streams on Spotify. On June 25, 2021, Barrett released the single “ Counting Crimes”, which she says is about accountability and owning up to one’s mistakes and faults.
Later in July 2021, she confirmed that she would be releasing her first EP called Pretty Poison, which was later released on September 10, 2021, featuring six tracks. The release date was the same as World Suicide Prevention Day and Barrett said that it was important for advocacy of proper mental health care.
In August 2021, she made her debut on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with her single “I Hope Ur Miserable Until Ur Dead’. The song charted at number #88 on the chart. The song has 13 million views on YouTube and over 15 million streams on Spotify.
Barrett has partnered with various brands such as VintageWaves/ Major Waves, Novashine for brand deals and promotions. Nessa also launched her own line of merchandise in 2020.
Nessa was the subject of controversy when she posted a video on TikTok, dancing to what were Hadiths from the Quran. She faced criticism for the same, with many calling her Islamophobic. She later apologized and deleted the video, saying that it was not her intention to offend any person, citing that her step-mother is from Egypt.
On Instagram, as of mid-June 2023, she currently has 6.9 million followers, but has archived or deleted all of her posts from the platform for an unknown reason. Depending on when you are reading this article, this information could have changed.
As of 2023, according to Celebrity Net Worth, Nessa Barrett is worth $1 million dollars. She mostly earns from her music releases, brand deals and social media posts. On TikTok, she earns at least $50K to $80K per brand deal.
From YouTube, her monthly income is estimated to be $813-$13k, while her yearly income is estimated to be $9.8k- $156.1k, according to Social Blade. On Spotify, Barrett has over 3.3 million listeners and earns at least $1.2 million from her releases, in the form of royalties, according to various media sources. She also earns at least $600k from streaming services like Apple Music and Amazon.
Nessa Barrett has previously dated Josh Richards. They dated from 2020 to 2021. She later Jaden Hossler, with whom she collaborated on her single “La Di Die”. They confirmed their break-up in May 2022 on their social media profiles. Nessa has also been famously friends with 19-year-old TikToker Cooper Noriega, who died by suicide in 2022. She considers herself an advocate for mental health.
In this video, Barrett lip-syncs to a popular TikTok audio.
In this video, Barrett dances to a popular TikTok audio. WARNING: Not suitable for children and teenagers.
In this video, Barrett is shown changing her hair color from black to red and lip-syncing to an audio clip from TikTok.
In this video, Barrett is shown using a vocal steamer, before her debut solo concert.
In this video, Barrett is shown making a TikTok in her car, while drinking Red Bull.
This video is a preview of her music video for her single “I Hope Ur Miserable Until Ur Dead”.