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I was born 1983 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and spent my early years exploring many different interest, including Music, Hockey, Tennis, Soccer,Swimming, Band, Choir and Drama. In middle school, I asked for a left handed guitar for my birthday and took a few lessons. I spent countless hours working with different sounds and developing a style that I believe is truly unique. On my 16th birthday i r
eceived a guitar that would change my life forever. A custom one of a kind Lefty Taylor 414KCE. It has seen nearly every stage that i've played, been the surface for Melodies and memories, pleasures and pain, smoke filled bars, and its share of broken strings.
I have always been surrounded by music. Influenced by my Grandfather, I learned to add different elements to my music. From an early age the banjo & the harmonica were my favorite. I sat for hours with my Grandfather listening to him play guitar, banjo, the fiddle and the harmonica. My great grandmother was a concert pianist and my great, great uncle Jimmy Rogers was one of two (Oscar Lavant being the other one) chosen students taught by George Gershwin.
I wrote some of these songs while attending Culver Military Academy and the University of Kentucky using my experience as inspiration. All my songs are about personal things that i have experienced and I believe that's what helps define me as a singer/songwriter. I play acoustic/electric guitars, Harmonicas and Vocals. I Write all my music and lyrics.
I have developed a sound that is often referred to as urban folk, Indie rock and funk. As a singer/songwriter, In the past 8 years I have performed over 600 solo shows in Coffee Houses, Bars and theater's across the country.
"His blissful guitar melodies, piercing harmonica riffs and heart felt lyrics give you a glimpse into the solo stripped and acoustic soul of JGraves (The Hard Rock Café)".