J. Black

  • Genres
  • R&B
  • Soul
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2018 Nominee★ R&B/Soul ★
  • Musicians
    • J. Black — keyboard, keytars, producer, singer-songwriter, vocals
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Q & A

As a child growing up, music surrounds us. What type of music did you hear the most back then? How does it differ from what you listen to now?

I heard a variety of music while growing up. My parents both sang gospel and played Motown records around the house. I was also heavily influenced by my older brother’s musical collection. I remember old K-Tel compilations having everything from Wild Cherry, The Silvers and Bill Conti compositions. I’m still heavily into a variety of music. I like to listen to the hair metal bands of the '90s and many new current pop acts. I still like a variety of music.

Describe your show visually and musically.

Visually, I would say the J. Black show consists of a high energy frontman that parades around the stage doing my very best to draw in and engage my audience. An example would be David Lee Roth fused with John Legend. Musically, you should be prepared for a soulful and moving sound somewhere between smooth and sexy all the way up to wild and on fire!

How do you describe your music to people?

Soulful, sexy, fun and sometimes deep.

Name a pet peeve.

Pompous-ass people in any situation.

Name a recent personal food trend.

Pomegranate on everything now that I grow them in my backyard.

What artist or band are you a little embarrassed to love, and why?

Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes (aka the Cantina Band from Star Wars) Why? Well, um, because they're fictional like the California Raisins.

What did you want to be when you were 7?

I wanted to be Prince Henri, the prince that put the glass slipper on Cinderella, 'cause I had a crush on her.

What drives you to keep playing even though the music industry can be so harsh?

Love and passion for having a positive impact on the lives of others by utilizing my gifts and talents.

What was the first song you learned to play?

“Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

What's a big musical inspiration that would most surprise your fans?

I have what I call bath-time songwriting sessions where I run a digital recorder and brainstorm lyrical ideas and melodies. There's something about being in a relaxed state that inspires my creativity.

What's something most of your friends don't know about you?

I strongly considered attending professional wrestling school at age 17.

What's your favorite jam from the '90s?

"Larger Than Life" by Backstreet Boys.

Who is your secret star crush?

Kat Dennings is pretty hot!

You're given a magic wand. What do you do with it?

Zap hate and replace it with love. "Hate be gone, poof!"

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