Beneath The ROOTS
Jocelyn Parlee & Jeff Scott Gray
It has been said that folk performers, using simply their voices and guitars, are the unplugged artists who relate collective stories through their songs. The ROOTS of this genre are in traditional music, but it is by no means all traditional. This epitomizes JJ 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. This Canadian songwriting duo cuts to the core of listeners' emotions. 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.
The JJ ROOTS alternative and contemporary acoustic Folk/Rock/Americana vibe has been referenced to such greats as Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sheryl Crow, Joan Baez, Coldplay, and Fleetwood Mac.
Known for their energetic yet subtle live performances, they showcase the music that inspires them through their original “JJROOTified” cover songs and shares their creatively unique and infectious songs.
JJ Roots has recently won the 2019 Overall Folk/Americana Duo of the Year at the Josie International Music Awards in Tennessee at the world-renowned Celebrity Stage Theatre in Dollywood, Tennessee. This is their second time, year over year, winning this highly competitive international title!
They show no signs of slowing down as they continue to create and transform their cutting edge sound with world renowned producer/engineer Paul Milner on their sophomore album due to be released in Spring 2020. All while growing a committed fanbase and continuing to add dates to their Boxcars & Memoirs Tour.
Check out what fans are saying about JJ ROOTS on their Facebook page and the website Fan Reviews page!
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.
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 skill set 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 has driven Jocelyn to develop a natural velvet laden tone with a powerful range that can lift up to the heavens and resonate into the deepest part of the soul. The goal is to always be the voice of emotion within the song to connect with 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