From Buffalo, NY, J4 has been sharing the faith and hope of his sincere and down-to-earth disposition to his listeners, with his newest single bound with enlightenment, bringing heartfelt and wise words to the table and bringing a community together.
In his latest release ‘Changes’, J4 describes a plethora of stories from childhood to adulthood that most everyone can relate to. With all the ups and downs that so many can understand, ‘Changes’ gives listeners the chance to remember there is a silver lining in every storm cloud and a little bit of faith to fall back on.
“I love telling stories we can all relate to so that for just a moment, we can all feel more connected and experience those stories together.”
As J4 takes us on a journey through the circle of life, he begins by describing the beauty in the innocence and curiosity of a young child. As the child grows throughout the song, the listeners do as well with J4’s gift of naturally capturing his audience. Ending with the child in their old age and taking their last breath, J4 once again gracefully brings his faith into his storytelling with the line “You finally know how angels fly”. As he concludes this warm, acoustic ballad, J4 blows his listeners away leaving them with a genre loved by all music enthusiasts, and a narrative treasured by all storytellers.
J4’s inspiration for ‘Changes’ comes from a fascinating backstory. Beginning with the innocence and curiosity of the music industry, J4 was first put on stage as a child for a reopening ceremony of a local NY fire station. After moving to Nashville years later, J4 trained professionally under the direction of vocal master Brett Manning (Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs, Haley Williams), then later attended Belmont University College of Music and Performing Arts to work under masters Henry Smiley (Russel Dickerson, Kassi Ashton) and Sandra Dudley (Melinda Doolittle, Josh Turner), quickly making a name for himself around the Nashville songwriting community.
J4 was quickly put on stages around Nashville’s famous Broadway, going straight from classes to four hour sets at Tootsies, Rippy’s, and The Tin Roof. As invigorated and excited J4 was to have finally made it into the Broadway scene, the late nights and bar scene soon became too much, pushing J4 into a deep and dark hole. With concerns about not wanting to pass up the opportunities and possibilities of being seen by industry professionals in this infamous bar scene, J4 also found himself struggling morally as he was simply not treated right.
During this upsetting time for J4, it was up to him to decide if he could continue on this path of disruption– sending him on his way to find his faith. J4 decided to put God first, letting him steer through the ethical choices that have to be made in this tough industry. J4 soon found that putting faith first meant good change was second.
After switching his directional path, things started to look up. In 2015 J4 began opening for headlining artists such as Josh Turner, Gordon Mote and Lee Greenwood. That same year, J4 sang background vocals for the alternative pop-rock band Cage the Elephant at the Ryman Auditorium. He made his debut radio performance in 2018 at WSM National Radio on a tribute for country music legend George Strait and reached number one on the Nashville Reverbnation Songwriter and Pop charts in 2018 and 2019. In addition, he received his first major label song cut on pop artist Kechi’s (America’s Got Talent) debut album in 2020.
As he incorporates the theme of change and trusting faith in his own life, ‘Changes‘ is J4’s way to spread that message to anyone and everyone who may need it.