J’s first on stage experiences will date back to the tender age of 5 where his talents were initially expressed through dance. He soon ventured into musical arts singing firstly with his church and school choirs then experimenting with poetry and soul with friends in the playground and at school assemblies.
It was during these early times J became a regular performer and began nurturing his talents and flavour for music. He participated in school and local talent shows along the way forming a secondary school vocal group ‘Extreme Impact’. Success was struck when they won back to back winners medals at the ‘XLP Arts Showcase’ which was a competition pairing all the best musical talents and performers from schools across London. In 2002 This was soon followed up by a performance slot on the ‘Europe Stage’ at the ‘Queen’s Golden Jubilee’ in Hyde Park in front of thousands when they were selected by the BBC Music Live via another school arts competition.
After this successful stint during his school years J then went off to enroll at the BRIT School of Performing Arts to further develop his crafts again performing at various showcases.
Since then J the Exodus has been included in credible musical line ups including Ghetts, Bashy, Chipmunk, Fuse ODG, Shakka, and So Solid Crew at events such as Voice of the Streets and Wireless Festival.
In 2010 his debut mixtape ‘360 Full Circle’ was released to widely positive reviews from various blogs and consumers alike. A corner stone track from the project ‘There’s So Much More’ was featured on DJ Sarah Love’s hip hop mix show for BBC Radio 1Xtra.
After 2 years Ex returned with his bowing E.P ‘From Darkness Came Light’ a themed piece which features imaginative and artistic production from Chemo aka Telemachus Malone, Nutty P, Magick, P.Y and Dem Drums and features collaborations from musical peers Phoenix Da Icefire, Indigo and Mikel Ameen. The project features Nutty P produced track ‘Knowledge is Power’ which was used as the title track for independent short film ‘Illegal Activity’ (2012) directed by Sebastian Thiel.
Possibly the highlight of the E.P campaign was the epic launch party that followed and took place at Cargo London to celebrate the efforts and successes of the project. J was joined on stage for a highly energetic and vintage performance by his long term musical acquaintances AKS and Phoenix da Icefire as well as further support from Mikel Ameen, Anthony Anaxagorou and Ego Ella May to cap off a truly mammoth display. The night was hosted by BBC poetry slam winner Kat Francois.
In 2014 J was selected in the top 20 of the Mobo Unsung competition. The competition advanced to a public and music industry panel voting system, subsequently he was voted into the top 10 as a finalist and was invited to the 2014 Mobo Awards along with the 9 other finalists.
The following year MOBO then put together a nationwide tour where the 10 finalist performed with a live band in several cities including Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol and London. Beyond that the finalist were then placed into an artist development program and attended various workshops on song writing, branding and understanding the industry. Guest speakers included UK grime artist Ghetts and BRIT-Award winning singer-song writer Carla Maria Williams.
As a highly regarded talent on the UK music scene
“Heart’s Desire” is a refreshing E.P from J The Exodus that will set the tone for the future projects out of Less Is More Music camp.