Who I Am (Jessica Andrews song)

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"Who I Am"
File:Jessica Who I Am.jpg
Single by Jessica Andrews
from the album Who I Am
B-side "Helplessly, Hopelessly"
Released November 20, 2000
Format Airplay
Recorded 2000
Genre Country
Length 4:15
Label DreamWorks Nashville
Writer(s) Brett James, Troy Verges
Producer(s) Byron Gallimore
Jessica Andrews singles chronology
"I Do Now"
"Who I Am"
"Helplessly, Hopelessly"

"Who I Am" is a song written by Brett James and Troy Verges, and recorded by American country music artist Jessica Andrews. It was released in November 2000 as the first single and title track from her album of the same name.


In a 2001 interview, Andrews explained that she recorded the song (which was written by Brett James and Troy Verges[1]) because she felt that its lyrics were especially fitting to her own life: "Everything is so true in that song, except that my grandmother's name is not Rosemary. It's about believing in yourself and being supported by those around you. No matter how many mistakes you make, your friends and family will be there for you."[2]


The song is a mid tempo country song in which the narrator tells of how, no matter what her future, she will be satisfied with her life, because she is confident about herself, and she knows that her peers will still support her.

Use in media

Sections of this song are featured in the opening theme of TV police drama Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.[3] It also appeared on an episode of Lizzie McGuire.

Critical reception

Rick Cohoon of Allmusic described the song favorably, saying that it "seems to echo Andrews’ self-confidence in moving forward to face the challenges of the music industry".[4]

Cover Versions

Country Music Artist Danielle Bradbery featured a cover of Who I Am on the deluxe version of her debut album Danielle Bradbery.

Chart performance

The song has sold 361,000 copies in the US as of June 2013.[5]

Chart (2000-2001) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 28
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[8] 24
US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard)[9] 20

Year-end charts

Chart (2001) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 8
Preceded by
"One More Day" by Diamond Rio
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

April 7-April 21, 2001
Succeeded by
"Ain't Nothing 'bout You" by Brooks & Dunn


  1. Morris, Edward (2001-04-20). "She's No. 1 — That's Who Jessica Andrews Is". CMT. Retrieved 2008-04-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Gray, Michael (26 February 2001). "Jessica Andrews: Who She Is Teen Singer Prepares for Stardom With Second Album, Billy Gilman Tour". CMT. Retrieved 24 June 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Exclusive Interview with Sue Thomas creator Dave Johnson". Parents Television Council. Retrieved 2011-03-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Cohoon, Rick. "Jessica Andrews — "Who I Am"". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-02-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Bjorke, Matt (2013-06-19). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles - June 19, 2013: Three Gold Singles, The Swon Brothers, Florida Georgia Line Dominate". Roughstock. Retrieved June 19, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Template:BillboardEncode/J/chart?f=379 "Jessica Andrews – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Jessica Andrews. Retrieved 2010-09-05.
  7. Template:BillboardEncode/J/chart?f=357 "Jessica Andrews – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jessica Andrews. Retrieved 2010-09-05.
  8. Template:BillboardEncode/J/chart?f=341 "Jessica Andrews – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Jessica Andrews. Retrieved 2010-09-05.
  9. Template:BillboardEncode/J/chart?f=372 "Jessica Andrews – Chart history" Billboard Latin Pop Songs for Jessica Andrews. Retrieved 2010-09-05.
  10. "Best of 2001: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2001. Retrieved August 14, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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