J*DaVeY is a multi-genre duo from Los Angeles, CA whose sound can be described as a combination of alternative hip hop, alternative rock, soul, electronica, fusion, jazz, punk, funk, new wave and R&B futurists. The group was formed by female vocalist Briana Cartwright (who performs under the name Jack Davey) and male producer Brook D'Leau when they were introduced by a mutual friend in high school. Growing up, Jack Davey was exposed to classic jazz and hints of late seventies jazz fusion before being introduced to the sound of the eighties with R&B and new hip-hop sounds. By the time she relocated to Los Angeles at the age of 8, she landed a spot in an all-girl singing group that signed to MCA Records. The group never released any material.
Brook D'Leau came up surrounded by new wave and pop-rock sounds by the way of Prince, Radiohead, Talking Heads and The Police. And at an early age Brook began to create interestingly melodic instrumental tracks in his father's home studio after school and on the weekends for fun.
Many have compared the duo's make-up/relationship of artist and producer to Kelis and The Neptunes' electronic funk sound. Today the duo is being heralded as a cross between , Erykah Badu, Prince, Sa-Ra and Radiohead. J Davey has had music licensed for episodes of the television drama "CSI: New York"" and the Snoop Dogg film "Bossin' Up." J Davey's songs have been played on various radio stations in cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and Atlanta, as well as overseas by way of Gilles Peterson, Benji B, and Berry King. Questlove (The Roots), Steven Spacek, and Prince have seen the duo perform in sold-out venues such as the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA and the Temple Bar in Santa Monica, CA. Prince invited them to open for him at his 3121 Club. and they also feature in the new the Bloody Beetroots album Romborama with Make Me Blank.
The group recently signed a record deal with the rock division of Warner Bros. Records. Currently J Davey is recording new songs with producer Greg Wells for their Warner Bros. debut release. In the meantime, the group have independently released their first effort, "The Beauty in Distortion" as a double disc along with "The Land of the Lost", a full length pop-culture/American-media satire-filled limited edition project that was born from a mixtape collaboration with Fader Magazine.