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Jnai - etymology: derived from the phrase "Je ne sais quoi" (something that cannot be adequately described or expressed).
Born and raised in her youth in Saudi Arabia, and now based in Toronto Canada,the journey through life that J'Nai Ricasio has taken has had a profound effect on her artistic development. Her entire childhood was spent under the stifling Saudi Arabian male centric culture and as an ethnic minority of Filipino extraction, constantly hidden beneath her burka along with her fears and emotional experiences, J'Nai withdrew into an imaginary world where music reigned supreme.
It quickly became her security blanket where she could escape from the world outside and as her parents ecouraged her creative curiosity and supported her early musical development by making musical instruments available to her, she soon developed her skills on the piano and guitar to such a level where she was able to create her own songs. A sweet and bubbly young woman on the outside, her lyrics often evoke a dark, edgy storyline that exposes another layer of her personality that one would be hard pressed to discover if not for her music.
J'Nai is a visually dynamic singer songwriter with a 2.5 octave range, ensconced within the Alternative Rock vein similar in style to artists such as Flyleaf, Paramore, The Pretty Reckless, and Halestorm. Her energy level when performing live is akin to a lit stick of dynamite.
Towards the end of 2012, J'Nai had begun to garner rave reviews in the Toronto club scene and began opening for internationally acclaimed artists such as Queensryche, The Michael Schenker Group, Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Y&T, Faster Pussycat and The Bullet Boys, as well as performing at Vans Warped 2013. The band had impressed Live Nation enough for them to also feature the band as opening act for Icon For Hire's Toronto appearance at the Mod Club in November 2013.
Further to this, J'Nai was named Global Ambassador for Youth Day Toronto, an annual celebration of emerging young talent staged at Yonge & Dundas Square every July and will be the featured headline performer at this event for 2014.
Supported by a highly skilled, remarkably entertaining and visually compelling 4 piece rhythm section, J'Nai is certain to make a substantial name for herself and her band in the year 2014.