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Jahny Wallz is a Los Angeles-based singer songwriter and producer. J.Wallz came in the scene in 2012 while releasing his “Life Lessons” mixtape featuring all original content. He teamed up with George “Funky” Brown of the legendary R&B group Kool and The Gang Band, Boss Yung, King Darius, and George Ortiz from the Poncho Sanchez Orchestra on an eclectic compilation of sounds and stories. JW recently released the Life Lessons Vol. 2 EP which showcases more life changing experiences and sounds. This project showcases the depth in J.wallz craft as he uncovers his experiences in the city of LA and the battles he faced to stay afloat as an artist/producer.
Over the past several years, Jahny Wallz has held a myriad of other positions in the entertainment arena as well as successfully heading his own music production company, Jahny Wallz Productions. He has worked production for Telemundo, Backline Tech for Garibay Bros Sound, as a percussionist for Graciela Beltran, Online Marketing for M Entertainment, and as a talent scout / producer at Pig Sound Studios.
The ambitious artist/producer is also working on Yo! Sounds Vol. 2, a compilation album comprised of at risk youth from the greater Los Angeles Area. J. Wallz will once again implement curriculum and serve at-risk-youth while teaming up with Woodcraft Rangers and The Youth Opportunity Program of Boyle Heights. (www.reverbnation.com/yosounds)
Jahny Wallz was born Ivan Paredes in Mexicali, B.C. Mexico. At age five, J.Wallz’ vividly remembers his mother fleeing across the border in the middle of the night to Los Angeles with him and his 4 older brothers. Although very young, he understood that his family was seeking refuge from his abusive father and for the sake of more opportunity. Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, he and his family moved to Washington State, where his brothers adapted to gang-life to cope with the blatant racism they faced daily. J. Wallz was forced to grow up quickly as he and his brothers battled with drugs, violence, and discrimination.
Taking heed from his brother’s experiences, Paredes opted for a different path. He knew he had no excuse but to aim big and do be positive. Initially, music became a refuge. J. Wallz grew up in lowrider culture while enjoying the booming sound systems and diverse array of music played by his older brothers. He vividly remembers riding in his brothers Impalas and monte carlos listening to Bob Marley, Santana, and Motown hits.
Jahny Wallz picked up the art of drumming while in diapers. Prior to his mother purchasing their first drum set, he and his siblings would use pots and pans as a substitution. “I used to see my older brother, Juan Francisco, incessantly banging on pots and pans and it rubbed off on me,” says J.Wallz. “I would hit them with the same passion he did. My mom couldn’t afford to buy us a drum set, so we used what we had.” At the age of 10, in an effort to assist his single mother during tough economic times, Jahny Wallz maintained a paper route. Nonetheless, he continued exercising his love for percussion. From the ages of 14 through18, Jahny Wallz served as a drummer in a few bands while living in Brawley, CA, located 15 minutes away from the Mexican/American border.
In an effort to make his mother proud and follow the right path J. Wallz got accepted to attend the California State University, Chico (CSUC) to pursue a career in Recording Arts & Music Industry. There he held a full-time event coordinator position with the university’s concert production company, Associates (AS) Presents and maintained active performing in a wide variety of musical ensembles including; Jahnywallz Band, CSUC Gospel Choir, Nefertitis Dozen-Afro Caribbean Drum and Dance Group, Cochino ,(Dub Rock Band) , Chico Jazz, and Los Papi Chulos Salsa band. While working with the Associated Students (AS) Presents as a Concert Coordinator he successfully negotiated and produced shows headlining artists such as Anthony B, Pepper, Ozomatli, Pato Banton, Salvador Santana, Poncho Sanchez, B-Side Players, and Rx Bandits. Many of the artists he built strong ties with over the years he is now collaborating with for his “Life Lessons” project.
J. Wallz believes music is the universal language and he wants to take his art to the international stage. His mission is to make social change through the art of music while making his own stamp in today’s and tomorrows music industry while collaborating with innovative artist and producers. His new EP “Life Lessons Vol. 2” will serve as a vehicle to begin his run as a world renown artist/producer.