Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, Jocelyn spent much of her youth in orchestra pits! She battled it out for 1st string positions and enjoyed playing and connecting with the beautiful violin pieces of her favorite classical composers.
At home is where her artistically gifted mother weaved a colorful and soulful tapestry of musical storytelling legends, as well as a long list of powerful vocalists that exceeded all musical genres and boundaries.
THIS was the fertile ground where Jocelyn's musical ROOTS took hold!
She continued throughout life to develop a skill set that included multiple instruments, songwriting, and poetry.
“ To be as one, simultaneously with the song and the audience, is to be whole as an artist...Singing & Songwriting has always been a passion for me that began as a child. I believe my life's musical journey has led me to this pivotal moment in joining forces with Jeff. We are proudly creating songs in a uniquely blended sound of textures and emotion, weaving together a tapestry of genres..." Jocelyn Parlee
Known for his diverse and powerful guitar showmanship, Jeff was born in San Diego and spent his formative musical years in Alabama and Massachusetts listening and learning from the music of Motown and Sly and the Family Stone. These early roots were shaken when Jeff discovered rock through The Edgar Winter Group and Bachman Turner Overdrive.
Jeff's passion really took off after discovering the infectious riff rock and theatrical performances of KISS inspiring him to play guitar! Over the years he continuously returned to these influences following the likes of Alice Cooper, Metallica, Rush, Slipknot and even Marilyn Manson!
Jeff's musical journey is unusual in that he spent his professional career as a bank executive while maintaining his official garage band superstar status! After years of honing his skills, and now inspired by the amazing talents of Tommy Emmanuel, Jeff has recently taken on the monumental task of becoming a world-class finger picker.
It is in this environment, that Jeff is thrilled to have teamed up with the super talented Jocelyn Parlee to form the performance duo JJ ROOTS!
"It is clear to me that my life's musical journey has been preparing me for this shining moment partnering with Jocelyn. Every sliver of my Rock, Metal and Acoustic roots are coming into their own with our music..." Jeff Scott Gray