Urban Dictionary defines DeFunk as :
DeFunk: To Fix; To clean up; to remove nasty, or unknown particles or debris.
DeFunk (the band) has a motto, “DeFunk Yo Soul”, and they have been doing just that for the people of Southeast Georgia and the surrounding areas, becoming quite the household name.
With an eclectic blend of Neo- Soul with jazz, funk, reggae and R-n-B roots. DeFunk builds each song from the ground up using looping technology, geared by live musicians.
Starting out as a “cover” band, to keep the bills paid, they quickly became a hit due to their renditions of many seldom “covered” favorites. Now adding new inspiration and original music, DeFunk is branching out and going nation wide!
is a 29 year-old musician originally from Brunswick, GA.
He began his musical career at the age of 12 and has become a respected player among his peers, recording and performing with a variety of bands and artists. While he is mainly a drummer, Vince also plays guitar and sings. He left Brunswick in 2002 to continue his education in Atlanta, where he studied history at Georgia State University, graduating with a Bachelor's degree, while simultaneously performing with Atlanta heavy-metalers From Exile. Wanting to take his drumming to the next level, Vince then entered into the drum program at Atlanta Institute of Music, where he studied under Tom Knight, renowned drummer for the R'n'b supergroup TLC. Since returning to Glynn County, Vince has continued to push himself musically, creating original compositions and performing various styles of music with local acts Dixie Grease, Knuckledown, and now DeFunk!
began his music career in church, playing various instruments from the time he was 12.
Pianos eventually turned to clavichords and keyboards, as he combined his classical past with new technology. Soon he was hooked on music production and live performance, playing in a variety of music projects across the South. This soul heavy Jazz man's loop engineered style of music is the foundation of DeFunk. Combining keys, synths and saxophone to build a "full" band sound, with just one man.Well know in the golden isles for his sax solos!
In the music industry of today you have singers and then you have “Sangers.” Jay Jurrell sets a new precedent of “sanging!”
In the spoken words of R-Kelly, “This boy Jay Jurrell’s got an old soul.”
Jay introduces a new style and sound backed by the realness of the old soul singers who influenced him.
He was first discovered during a demo recording by the Road Manager of R Kelly’s Rockland/Interscope Pop/R&B group Secret Weapon, backed internationally by Jive Records. Jurrell’s performances include venues such as the Superbowl IIIVII Youth Clinic in New Orleans, The76ers/Hornets playoffs in Philadelphia, PA. The Taj Mahal, The Trump Plaza, and The Flagship Casino’s in Atlantic City. Jurrell also performed at the Fourth of July show in Avalon, NJ., as well as opening for The Label Mate Hip Hop/R&B group, “City High” at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
Jurrell collaborated with the “Felon Monks” recording “She don’t know” and “Sexy Body”.
By 2007 Jurrell had played and recorded in many small venues across the East Coast, while in turn meeting and collaborating with fellow Hip/Hop performer, songwriter, and recording engineer Joshua Mascarenas PKA: “Bravado” recording local hit songs: "What If", "Perfect One Night", "We're Flying High","Whoa", "Bump Bump", "Money Making Machine," "Texting Games," along with many others.
Jay Jurrell is now on the forefront of DeFunk and has a sound you’re sure to remember.