Below the ROOTS
JJ ROOTS exploded onto the East Coast Music scene with the launch of their debut album “Here Goes Something”.
Combining the diverse talents and backgrounds of Jocelyn Parlee and Jeff Scott Gray, the JJ ROOTS sound can rarely be categorized.
Their combined multi-genre backgrounds inspires passionate melodies, sparked by colorful lyrics to provoke a profound response from audiences by way of soul-lifting vocals and powerful melodic riffs. Their international award-winning Alternative Americana vibe has been referenced to such greats as Fleetwood Mac, Sheryl Crow, and Coldplay!
Known for their energetic yet subtle live performances, JJ ROOTS showcases the music that inspires them and shares their unique, infectious, original songs. This dynamic duo entertains and engages audiences with their colorful musical storytelling.
JJ Roots recently received 5 nominations at the 2018 Josie International Music Awards in Tennessee, and are proud to have won 2018 Overall Folk/Americana Duo of the Year!
They show no signs of slowing down as they continue to create and transform their cutting edge sound and grow a committed fanbase while adding dates to their Boxcars & Memoirs Tour.
What's on track for 2019?
Writing, Touring, and Recording new songs!
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 composers.
Jocelyn would then return home, where her artistically gifted mother filled life with the colorful and soulful tapestries of musical storytelling legends such as Cohen, Cash, Kristofferson, Dylan, as well as an ever growing list of vocalists that exceeded all musical genres and boundaries.
THIS was the fertile ground where Jocelyn's musical ROOTS took hold!
Jocelyn continued throughout life to develop a skillset that included multiple instruments, songwriting, and poetry. She pushed her creative boundaries further to include writing, directing, and producing sold-out comedy theatre productions!
At the heart of Jocelyn's inner passion to develop her own unique vocals, were the legendary influences of female vocalists from Patsy Cline to Aretha Franklin, to today's incredible artists like Adel and Carrie Underwood. It's in these unique vocal goddesses, that Jocelyn is driven to develop a natural tone of a velvet laden powerful range, that can lift you up to the heavens or resonate into the deepest part of a soul. The goal is to always be the voice of emotion within the song to connect the audience,
“ To be as one, simultaneously with the song and the audience, is to be whole as an artist...” Jocelyn Parlee
In September of 2017, after returning from the Josie Music Awards in Nashville, Jocelyn joined forces with friend and co-writer Jeff Scott Gray, to form the performance duo JJ ROOTS
"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
Jeff Scott Gray
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
International Award Winning Duo
Jocelyn and Jeff as they accept their JMA Award for Overall Folk/Americana Duo of the Year in Tennessee.