J Jesus is a London based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. His music is a fusion of reggae, hip hop, urban and rock. His newest album entitled ‘Higher Purpose’ was entirely self-made at his home studio and it shows all his facets as an artist and producer.
These songs mark his return to the music scene, after a detour in education as a tutor, with a focus on helping the children with greatest learning difficulties.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, J Jesus started singing at age 12 when his passion for sports lead him to learn Capoeira, the Brazilian martial art that has a strong musical component. This immersed him in rhythms and melodies that stimulated his enjoyment for playing all kinds of instruments. At the age of 14 the guitar came along and songwriting followed. Years later, when his confidence in his fingers grew and voice matured, he performed his songs for the first time at a beach pub in the outskirts of Lisbon.
At age 19 J Jesus arrived in London to study music and quickly formed a reggae roots band called Jamblin. With a distinctly upbeat vibe, J Jesus lead the band to entertain crowds in venues and festivals up and down the country for 5 years. ‘Mind’, one of Jamblin’s most fast paced songs, was featured in the reggae compilation ‘A Kingdom United’, released in 2010, featuring other UK artists such Gentleman’s Dub Club and Dan Bowskill. As it happens, the 9 piece band proved too difficult to keep together when the funds and prospects ran low. As Jamblin came to an end, J Jesus decided to go solo and record his debut album.
The MessAge was released in 2012 after a couple of years in the making. It was during this time that J Jesus developed his music production skills and became a more accomplished multi-instrumentalist. The MessAge was showcased as a 3 piece band – J Jesus and The Wreck – at various venues in and around London, most notably Proud Camden, Upstairs at the Ritzy, The Bedford and Boileroom.
Unable to create the necessary success to continue, J Jesus decided to stop performing his own material and developed a career in education. During those years he kept writing and recording ideas, knowing that eventually he would take the time to create another album. That time has come, and Higher Purpose is the result.
“I have enough songs in the pipeline to make four new albums. By the time I record them all I will have four more to make. I am always writing songs because I know what I want to say. When you know who you are and what you want to create it is easy to make art. This new album show[s] precisely that, and it is a major step forward in my development as an musician, songwriter and producer. I can’t wait to get started on my next album… But for now I must share with the world my Higher Purpose.”