G'Jai's Jook Joint

  • G'Jai's Jook Joint
  • Genre
    Rhythm & Blues
  • Date
    Saturday 08/13/2016
  • Time
    2:10 PM - 2:55 PM
  • Place
    Library Park Stage
  • G'Jai is a contemporary blues singer who has channeled the music and style of the blues vocalists of yesteryear while creating her own unique vocal identity. She belief is that "you can'€™t look to the future without embracing your past." Growing up in Detroit, G'Jai didn'€™t start out to become a blues singer. Her earliest experiences on stage were in oratory contents and as a member of a dance troupe, where she learned the importance of connecting with your audience as a performer. She says, "One of the things that stuck with me from my early school days of performing in front of others was being told to always make eye contact with your audience members so that they feel as though you are performing just for them, no matter how many other people are there."€

    G'Jai actually didn't find blues, it found her. She says, "€œI wrote a song called "€˜Lost in This World," which in fact was originally written as gospel. Through listening back to my recordings of that song, I found my calling for blues. When I heard my sound it didn'€™t sound like a voice of an R&B or even a gospel singer, what I heard was the voice of a blues singer. I heard glimpses of Bessie Smith, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton. I knew than that blues was my home."

    G'€™Jai'€™s Jook Joint Blues Band was formed in Michigan in 2009 and quickly gained a following among audiences of all backgrounds. G'€™Jai has performed at several great venues and important events throughout Michigan, Illinois and Colorado, including the Blues on the Library Lawn series in Flint, Michigan; the Illinois State Fair; Blues and Brews on South Pearl Street in Denver, Colorado; Greeley Blues Jam; and the Brighton Blues Blast in Brighton, Colorado. She has been backed by some of the same musicians that have performed with blues greats,€” Z. Z. Hill, Bobby Womack, and Irma Thomas.

    Her debut CD, 2010'€™s "€œI Got the Blues All Because of You"€ provided a chance for her to pay homage to the female blues artists that forged a way for her and other female vocalists. The album received great reviews in both the U.S. and Europe, including those in Blues Blast and Blues & Rhythm magazines. She is currently working on her second CD project "Only the Beginning,"€ which will showcase all the sides of her vocal style,€” from the softer side on songs like "€œI Love You More"€ to her sassier side on songs like "€œShut Yo'€™ Flap."€