Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Memphis Music Monday: Behind the Mask: J. Chris

Mask: Courtesy of Yahoo Images

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."  -Oscar Wilde



MASK 1: THE HISTORIAN
  
J. Chris

Oscar Wilde once wrote, "If you give a man a mask then he would be able to tell you the truth." J. Chris wears many masks. Maybe that is why his truth is so profound. Born in the old Naval Hospital in Millington, TN, the doctors found themselves in awe of a kid's heartbeat that mimicked a drummer's pattern. It was official, music was this boy's heart. The doctor's were concerned at first only to realize the boy was healthy and strong. The young boy started to grow up becoming labeled by his mother as J. Chris. (J Dot Chris) background became heavily influenced through Gospel; however, every genre seems to be in his grasp. Taking his instruction from such artists as, Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Chris Cornell, Maroon 5, Fred Hammond, Jodeci, Boys II Men, Breaking Benjamin, Cold Play, Eric Benet, Guns N Roses, Journey, Lil Wayne, Meshell Ndegeocello, Sevendust, Shinedown, and Tyrese one starts to see the depths of the musicality of his soul. I asked him what producers did he mimic or learn from and he stated that, "Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis because of how melodic they are with all their music, whether fast or slow! Teddy Riley because of the whole 90’s New Jack Swing Era he created with BlackStreet and other artist. That stuff is still bumpimg today! Timbaland because of the innovations in all his music. From Aaliyah to Nelly Fertado to One republic and Justin Timberlake, he has created a new sound with each person. I have to add Jazzy Jeff because his production took Neo-Soul music to another level! Last but not least, Floetry: say no more than greatness!" Why such a focused look on his past you ask? Simple. To know J. Chris and his evolution from artist to producer you have to understand that he has study and strives to be the best. He is a true historian of music.
 

MASK 2: THE ARTIST

J. Chris is a African- American rocker. Who knew? Yep not a R & B crooner, rap star, or pop but hard core real life rock star in the making. His current work with his band Harvest Mill is truly unique. His song "Blown Away" follows the uncontrollable urge of passion and addiction to love and lust. The video is shot by J-Cleaves featuring the Harvest Mill (band) who is the feature from Speak-rrr-Freak (label) and  Select-o-Hits (Distributer). Fitting in the Urban Alternative genre, the Blown Away track shows the range of where J. Chris performs. He is absolutely talented beyond the normal phases of what a singer should be labeled. I admire the risk involved to be true to self, to not conform to status quo, and to step out on faith to deliver some high quality music.

 

MASK 3: THE PRODUCER


 
 
J. Chris is one of the heads at Speak-rRr-Freak Entertainment. Pronounced; Speaker Freak. Speak-rRr-Freak Entertainment with J. Chris at the helm has put out some of the top music in Memphis history with artist such as Kia "Kinfolk" Shine and some of the true top talents of Memphis. Recently he has been pushing some of the hottest projects in Memphis this year. Behind the music of Harljo: Not your average Joe, Knowledge Knick: Memphis: The Soul of Hip Hop, Harvest Mill: Tentatively named: The Darker Side of Me, Arnishia King, D’Monet, Pyu the great, Blac Colione, Harvest Mill, and Young Enz. Beyond those projects, J. Chris is involved with some collaboration efforts with Squad, PBE’s Megan Somerville, Major F. Cook, Sincere,  and yes yours truly, Urban Thoughts. To label Speak-rRr-Freak as local is an understatement. His roots in music spans national artist to the local underground level. It is a true hidden gem in Memphis that so much greatness has been produced right here in Memphis, TN.



MASK INFINITY: THE DREAMER

J Dot is a dreamer of to an infinity never ending scope. I look forward to Harvest Mill doing an Acoustic show with Local X at the end of March and My company will be throwing a Music Fest Called “Speak-rRr-Fest at the end of June! He has said, "It has been hard finding what I love to do the most, but it kept me diverse in what I do." The quest for the perfect song that will live forever like Prince’s “Purple Rain” or Al Green’s “Love and Happiness" pushes him to dream and work towards a goal of becoming a emotion through music that will test the theory of time. To be a part of his dream, you may book J. Chris or his band Harvest Mill with Lisa Morgan at 901-209-1070 or Pyu at 901-550-0660. Contact J. Chris at 901-308-7757 for studio pricing. I am so excited to have located this local mastermind behind the music. There will be several follow-up blogs regarding a review of Harvest Mill in concert and upcoming blogs related with SQUAD and PBE. I hope you check this artist out. After all, he wears too many masks for me to reveal them all.


 
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3 comments:

  1. I must say that I've never been a fan of rock but after seeing these guys perform I have a new respect and love for the music. They were energetic, the vocals and instruments were tight!! If anyone hasn't seen them they are definitely missing a treat, this band is a breath of fresh air to the music industry. You guys are definitely going places, keep giving us awesome music. You guys truly rock!!!.... ~Rena~

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  2. I agree! Even their rehearsals are entertaining!!!!

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  3. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT WRITE UP, TIMOTHY! I KNW J. CHRIS AND I CAN TRULY SAY THAT HE IS NOT UR AVERAGE ARTIST/SONGWRITER/PRODUCER....THIS MUSIC IS REFRESHING AND IM PROUD TO BE A MEMPHIAN BECAUSE OF HIS MUSIC SHOWCASING MEMPHIS' VARIETY OF MUSIC GENRE.

    ---QUEEN L. HILLARD

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