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Charlotte, NC native, Adrian “Jahnissi” Ray, is a talented and creative, faith-based, music producer best known for hard hitting drums and his catchy melodic song elements. He is the owner and founder of Jahnissi Productions. His production company specializes in composing music for Hip Hop and Urban Gospel artist. Adrian is a graduate of Full Sail University, where he earned a Bachelors degree in Music Production. His training included learning the basics of Music Theory, Composition, and Marketing. His skills also include a very solid foundation as a Mix Engineer.
As a young child, Adrian became universally aware of the life enriching characters of music. He enjoyed listening for arrangements and gravitated towards the soulfully enriched ballads laced within the music played by his parents. He spent hours actively listening to his fathers records and internalizing the emotion and influence of music. In 2004, Adrian began his exploration into the world of music production with his original mission of making an impact within the genre of Christian Hip Hop. Since then, he has broadened his thinking to include other forms of media in his professional portfolio. His number one goal as a producer is to create music that not only carries a good beat, but also carries the artist and listener to new heights in their spiritual walk. Many have described his music as powerful, creative, and unique; a formula for great music success.
As a lover of music, Adrian “Jahnissi” Ray gleams from the influences of great producers and musicians of all music genres. His inspiration is fed by hearing great pieces of work from both commercial and underground projects. Just living and experiencing life lends another avenue of inspiration. His time at Full Sail University has also given him the skills to compose for different media, such as film, television, gaming, ringtones and jingles. Jahnissi’s production style is fed by great sounds. “Once I hear an inspirational sound or sample, I search for other great sounding elements to support it” Everything centers around the Akai MPC 2500.
Of course no success story is complete without mentioning the support system that makes it easier to accomplish goals. Adrian and his wife, Shontae, have been married for eleven years and have three beautiful girls. He and his family currently reside in Concord, NC, just outside of Charlotte. His wife has supported his dream and his vision since the beginning of its conception some eight years ago. His mother is, of course, his biggest fan.
Many have high expectations for this young producer as they see him as being a person of integrity and character. There is no doubt he will be a well sought after producer whose music will greatly impact generations to come. He’ll continue to carry the banner for positive and powerful inspirational music.