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JJ was born and raised in a small town tucked away in the Allegheny Plateau in Elk County, Pennnsylvania. He grew up with a deep love for the outdoors, dirt track racing, and music. After getting his first guitar at the age of 14, he started learning to play, but spent most of his time in the woods, in a garage working on old cars and trucks, or at a race track with his Dad.
It wasn't until after he had gone to college, moved to Virginia to pursue a job in construction management, and an eventual layoff that the desire to do more musically really started to take hold.
JJ moved to Wisconsin in the search for a new job and started working in construction again. With the desire to perform still burning inside of him, Stoney LaRue pulled him on stage and asked him to play a song one night. It was like throwing a match into a bucket of gasoline and JJ started playing his own gigs right away.
It's been more than 5 years since that night and JJ has been performing ever since. He moved to Nashville, TN in 2011 to follow his dream and has spent time as a lead singer and acoustic guitar player in the bands BarKeep and The Lost Maples. JJ is now concentrating on writing and recording his solo album and is in the process of putting a new band together to share his songs and stories with all of you. Stay tuned for more!