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From: FL, United States

Folk, Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter

Florida-based acoustic singer-songwriter SJ blends melodic folk, a chill vibe, and diverse arrangements creating an acoustically soulful groove and sound. Fans and critics describe SJ’s lyrics and vocal delivery as uniquely authentic, emoting sincerity with a mix of resonating understatement, soulfulness and comforting rasp. Blending a spectrum of sounds from acoustic/folk to americana, and lighter acoustic pop to modern acoustic rock, SJ's music has been compared to music from artists such as Jack Johnson and Donovan Frankenreiter, and acoustic material from John Mayer and Dave Matthews. For SJ, though, he has a simple motto: “It’s about the song.”

SJ's commercial releases since 2010 have won or earned nominations for over 25 independent music awards in the U.S. and U.K., and his first single, "I Like You", earned a Top 10 spot on U.S. adult contemporary radio charts. His songs have been licensed multiple times for use in TV, film and commercials around the world. In December 2011, SJ was nominated by Sirius XM The Coffeehouse as a Discovery of the Year and played a special radio performance at Sirius XM studios in New York City. In the same month, he won the Best Folk/Acoustic Emerging Artist Award at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards in Los Angeles and performed at the awards on the main stage.

In 2012, SJ released his first full length LP, "Coffee: Strong Brew Edition" and a live DVD album entitled "Coffee: Unfiltered”. SJ’s 2012 radio single “Let Me Be” peaked at #32 on the U.S. adult contemporary radio charts, and was regularly spun in over 50 U.S. markets (AAA, Americana, A/C), earning his song status as the most active independent artist on national radio. Since then, SJ has headlined nationally and opened for acts such as Pentatonix, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Ed Sheeran at SunFest Music Festival. SJ is officially endorsed by Taylor Guitars, Sennheiser, Hercules Stands, Gator Cases, Future Sonics, and Elixir Strings.

Regardless of awards, radio and big stage performances, though, at heart, SJ just enjoys writing and sharing original music and playing smaller intimate settings, which all starts from his home studio he calls the AcoustiShak. It’s equally important to him to spend time with his family and friends, and to help other acoustic-centric musicians through the company he founded, Acoustic Soul Entertainment Group.

SJ's Wikipedia article is here, where you can read more about his music and life: