Friday, January 10, 2014

The Journey


“You best believe I had my struggles and don’t think that I’m new/I ain’t no overnight success ya’ll, I been paying my dues/I ain’t new to this!”
                                                                           --Leela James

2014, like every year is going to be different. Through this game called music I’ve learned many things.  One is that change, good or bad, is coming whether you plan for it or not.  So instead of making resolutions, I’m just going to live…by my choices, my beliefs, my intentions, my own power.  Ten days in, my first choice is to share my story with those I call my friends and fans. As a songwriter, I tell the stories of others or at least stories to which others can relate. Today, I tell you mine. 

No matter where I perform, and each time I’ve released a song or album, I always get the same question: “Who are you and why aren’t you famous?”  The truth, I don’t know. I guess some of it’s been music industry politics and the rest of it can be chalked up to the cliché…it just ain’t my time.  What I can tell you is this, I LOVE music!  And I’ve had the blessing and good fortune to be able to enjoy it as a listener, writer, recording artist and performer.  Music lives in my blood, and has for as long as I can remember.

Discovered as a child by my grandmother, yep grandma heard a brother singing and took me straight to church and the children’s choir.  By the time I reached high school I was singing with bands, and in college I began writing. As an adult I’ve had some incredible experiences, some many aspiring artists would sell their souls for.  They include an ASCAP Award for excellence in songwriting, performances at Sundance Film Festival, on five continents and in some of the hottest venues in New York City, writing with hit-makers in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles, performing and arranging vocals on albums with some of the biggest names in music, licensing songs to film and television, songs recorded by music industry hit makers in Jazz, Pop, Hip Hop and R&B and a song of the year nomination for gospel’s equivalent to a Grammy, the Dove Award.    Yep, the scent of fame has surrounded me, it just hasn’t stuck in the way we all expected. 

Oh, I’ve got stories!  My musical journey has been connected in interesting ways from Beyonce to Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Chaka Khan to Whitney Houston, American Idol runner-up and actress Katherine McPhee to Country music darling, Rissi Palmer, from Clive Davis to Queen Latifah, from filmmaker Roger Bobb to songwriter Wendy Waldman, and from P. Diddy to actress Jurnee Smollett.  Not bad for a “Bk all day” brother. That’s Brooklyn, for those of you who don’t know. But I’ll tell you this, I’m going to keep writing and singing and I hope you’ll keep listening.

Now that you know, I guess I’m no longer Undiscovered Territory.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Word On J. Phoenix + Undiscovered Territory


I remember the first time I heard J. Phoenix's voice.  I opened the CD, popped it in the player, closed my office door, sat down and closed my eyes. About 30 minutes later I remember thinking to myself, I could listen to this voice all day long. And with the release of Undiscovered Territory, I still feel the same.

Undiscovered Territory is a collection of well-crafted songs only made more effective by J. Phoenix’s buttery vocal instrument, starting with the catchy melody of Radio Days where this musical journey begins. You can hear the light rock as well as obvious R&B influences on Cheap Talk. And lets just say, the timeliness of My America is uncanny and stands out as the project’s most relevant song, as it conjures up all kinds of images from Obama to Trayvon Martin. Still Waters is simply haunting, a case of a song that you never want to end.

For some artists it’s never been about a #1 Billboard song but something much deeper. It’s about releasing a cherished gift to the world. One should unwrap Undiscovered Territory as you would a nicely wrapped birthday present that you will most definitely want to share”   
                                                    --Derrick Thompson, Music Executive
“J. Phoenix has boldly embraced his journey into Undiscovered Territory with this new CD. The trip begins with Radio Days, which brings me back to a time when I bought a whole LP and actually enjoyed the ride from start to finish. That song set up an anticipation for each destination that never disappoints. From my new personal anthem, Walking On Water to the emotional soul-filled rock roller coaster of Past Living Present, to the beautiful closing duet, I Found Love this album will be on repeat in my car. I'll have to buy another copy for home”. 
                                                    --Rhonda Denet, Vocalist, Songwriter, 
                                                      Band Leader

“The message is laid bare in the opening track of the album, Radio Days. J. Phoenix reminisces and provides a reminder of the trend shift in popular music over the years toward the vacuous. Over the funkiest of beats and organ(!) he sings, ‘I remember bass and treble. I remember highs and lows...I want to go back just a little bit. When music hit my soul.’ And that is exactly where Undiscovered Territory takes us. This is not just a collection of tracks pushing sentiments meant to elicit old school nostalgia, but a journey through superb singing and song craft full of integrity, meaning and passion. The songs are stellar with lovely and surprising production textures. There are nods to R&B, pop, rock and even country. J. Phoenix's voice is irrefutable and expressive with a facility that is oftentimes thrilling. Undiscovered Territory is an artistic statement from a man who is sure of his talents and his intentions.” 
                                                   --Tony Markham, Floral Designer

"I went to Undiscovered Territory and I’m going back! In this collection of songs
J. Phoenix tells us that his life is truly our lives. The spiritual overtones in every song whether pop, inspirational or R&B, says his roots flow from the black church. The lyrics speak to his strength of spirit and the power with which he belts out each song says he believes in what he sings."
                                                     --Deborah Patterson, Legal Services Consultant

“I’ve been a fan of J. Phoenix’s music for a while now.  His lyrics are raw, meaningful, and beautiful!  J. Phoenix has the unique ability to create a visual with the words in his songs, bringing the listener on a musical journey. On Undiscovered Territory, “My America” especially resonates.  It weaves a tale of someone trying to reclaim an idealistic love and the values associated with that love.  Instead of focusing on a relationship between two people, the song focuses on the love one has with his country, including wanting that love to live to it’s fullest potential.  Many Americans can relate to the lyrics of this song where J. Phoenix does an excellent job describing our struggles.  
-- Tamisha Bouknight, Educator 

Discover J. Phoenix for Yourself

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


The highly anticipated sophomore album 
from J. Phoenix is here.

There are no limits in Undiscovered Territory. Here it is about hearing music with no preconceived notions as to category, demographics, etc. It's just good music that's all about connecting to that place music takes you, reconnecting with what music has always done for you, and discovering new places you didn’t know existed.

Come to Undiscovered Territory and get connected with music the way it should be, unrestricted, wide open and moving, all tied together with the common thread of meaningful lyrics, strong production and a sound delivery of soulful vocals.

What music lovers are saying...

"The production allows one to feel the soul of the storyteller behind the music. By the end of this collection of chapters, I felt like I'd had an intimate, heartfelt conversation with the man himself."    
                                                    --Rhonda Denet, Vocalist, Songwriter, Band Leader

"J. Phoenix's voice is irrefutable and expressive with a facility that is oftentimes thrilling. Undiscovered Territory is an artistic statement from a man who is sure of his talents and his intentions."
                                                              --Tony Markham, Floral Designer

" I love the way you convey the raw emotion to each song you bring to life!"
                                                                 -- Derrick LeBlanc, Film Industry Executive

"J. Phoenix has the unique ability to create a visual with the words in his songs, bringing the listener on a musical journey."
                                                      --Tamisha Bouknight, Educator  

Discover and get touched at CD Baby
Physical CD, Full CD download, Track Downloads 


Tuesday, October 22, 2013


You're Invited
to the
Undiscovered Territory

Listening Party

Enjoy 5 songs from the New album

Write a review of 200 words or less

Submit your favorite song along with your name and review

Be 1 of The first 25 people to submit your review

and receive a free download  of your

favorite song from the album

Review 10/22-10/27


Enjoy and I look forward to reading your reviews.
J. Phoenix

Wednesday, October 16, 2013



J. Phoenix’s highly-anticipated sophomore album

17 fantastic songs wonderfully delivered

Coming Tuesday, October 29

In the midst of trends, demographics and the constant advancements in technology, I rediscovered my own voice.  For my fans, it is also a discovery of the many places I can and am willing to go with my music. 

Undiscovered Territory is all about the SONGS, whether they are big productions with a full band or minimalist moments with only acoustic guitars and vocals.  I hope you like it.

Listen Up: You can check out the videos for the first 2 singles, “Pennies From Heaven” and My America” on YouTube and the audio for the third single Walking On Water” at SounCloud.  Enjoy.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Today’s the day you can Walk On Water!!!

New Single from J. Phoenix 
On Sale Now at CD BABY

Connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, OurStage and Reverbnation
Call your local radio station to request “Walking On Water”
Demand him at Eventful, Stumble his blog
Listen to him on Spotify

Saturday, April 13, 2013


J. Phoenix says he’s a singer/songwriter.  His fans say he’s a philosopher, poet and visionary.  They defend their theory with both his lyrical portrayal of the world as we know it and his delivery of the message. Make your own decision, when his new single Walking on Water drops this month.  

In His Own Words:   Walking on Water is about stepping out on faith and truly expecting a miracle.  It’s about trying and then achieving everything you were told you should not seek and could not find.  It’s following your vision, and in the process, showing others that anything is possible.  Walking on Water is making up your mind to give your goals and dreams everything you’ve got. I hope I'm talking to you.