J. Morris is on a trajectory to change the face, feel and sound of music.
Atlanta-based soul music artist J. Morris grew up in the church pews of Dale City, Virginia. One of six siblings from a musical family, J.Morris, watched his mother teach at an after-school program during the week and compose and sing music for the church. Right alongside her was his former Master Sergeant father. The strong influence of his parents shaped the man, and artist J. Morris would come to be. After playing sports throughout high school and starting an experimental band, he spent four years in the Army and is now creating his unique style of soul music.
The gospel-inspired influence is evident upon hearing J. Morris’ smooth yet raspy tinged vocal delivery but growing up just 35 minutes from D.C. also exposed him to Go-Go music, for which he has a deep appreciation. Represented in how deftly he bounces over tracks from the best the music makers the business has to offer. J. Morris has been performing professionally for over a decade. Even during his tenure with the U.S. Army, he was still pursuing his dreams of a music career. Each year, 14 to 18 active- duty and reserve-component soldiers are selected to serve as cast members of the U.S. Army Soldier Show. On these platforms, J. Morris developed an energetic stage presence comparable to James Brown.
While serving his country, he was twice selected to tour with the U.S Army soldier show and sing worldwide. Units only allow their best Soldiers to come and represent them. Further proof that his work ethic and dedication define him as an artist who also went to school for Mortuary Science. J. Morris was also the Assistant Indie Music Coordinator and an on-air personality for the Radio One show, New Music Day Live, for five years. The seasoned industry veteran is coming into his own. In 2020, he appeared alongside industry heavyweights Khao, T.I., Joyner Lucas, and PBD Grey on the former’s track, “Scared of Us” (#15 on Itunes, #24 Peak Position on Billboard). This year, J. Morris’ John Legend-Esque timbre was featured on the multi-platinum producer Khao’s number one on iTunes release, Khao Presents BH365 Volume 1.
Currently, J. Morris is hard at work on his forthcoming solo project, Morris Code, and a burgeoning film career that saw him appear in and compose the score for Campus Movie Fest Jury award-winning film, Guilty, which was selected to screen at the 2020 Festival De Cannes. J. Morris carries the confidence that you would expect from a hot and upcoming superstar, but the creative vulnerability in his craft is what truly sets him apart from his peers. An artist who’s not afraid to put it all out there, J. Morris tastefully tackles taboo topics to open the doors of discussion and expression for his listeners. Not to be boxed in, J. Morris is also an entrepreneur whose company, Last Supper Club’s mission is to create a platform for musicians that fosters inspiration, creation, networking, and consulting to provide sustainability through the arts, particularly music.
J. Morris’s rising star has not overshadowed his ability to remain humble. He cites the song “Black is Beautiful” (lead single for Khao Presents BH365 Volume 1) as his most culturally significant work. The opportunity to educate Black children through music is a dream come true for him. Boasting an ever- increasing and impressive resume, J. Morris is one of Atlanta’s best-kept secrets that won’t be a secret for too much longer.