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Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Producer, Husband, and Father, Jason Shepherd, also known as “J. Shep” is an artist who desires to expand the boundaries of the gospel industry and create a genre of “Gospel Pop” that reaches the average man. Often time artists use extreme case scenarios to deliver poignant messages of salvation, renewal, forgiveness, redemption, and hope. However, J. Shep aspires to reach not only those who are encountering extreme situations, but those everyday people who are dealing with the everyday trials, tests, insecurities and concerns of life.
Born and raised in Homewood, IL, Shep always had an affinity for music. Growing up listening to artists like BeBe and CeCe Winnans, he always admired artists who held fast to a traditional gospel heritage, but were able to appeal to an audience outside of the “church world” and draw those who may not ordinarily listen to gospel music.
In 2001 he graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a B.A. in Music and founded the group “Jason Shepherd & Another Level”. In January of 2005 he released his first album with Another Level entitled Songs Vol. 1. To date sales have eclipsed 5,000. The single, “Sacrifice of Praise” received airplay on national and satellite radio stations and the album has received high praise from his peers in the Gospel industry. In 2007 he disbanded the group “Another Level” to pursue his solo career under the name “J. Shep”.
He has had the opportunity to write for several prominent Gospel artists including: Smokey Norful, Shirley Caeser, Phil Tarver, Shekinah Glory Ministries, and Dexter Walker. He has toured Europe as a musician and choir director with The Brown Sisters as well as the Columbia College Universal Choir. He has also shared the stage with such gospel greats as: Percy Gray, Kurt Carr, The Caravans, Stellar award winner DeWayne Woods, Kim Burrell, Malcolm Williams, Edwin Hawkins, Karen Clark-Sheard, and Marvin Sapp.