Below the ROOTS
In April, 2018, JJ ROOTS has exploded on the East Coast music scene with the launch of the debut album "Here Goes Something" and shows no sign of slowing down!
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.
Combining the diverse talents and backgrounds of Jocelyn Parlee and Jeff Scott Gray, the JJ ROOTS sound can rarely be categorized. It's been described by Music Insiders and Fans as Fresh, Innovative, and Hauntingly Creative!
This Nova Scotia 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 Americana vibe has been referenced to such greats as Sheryl Crow, Coldplay, and Fleetwood Mac!
Jocelyn Parlee & Jeff Scott Gray, as JJ ROOTS, recently received 5 Nominations at the 2018 Josie International Music Awards in Tennessee, and are proud to have WON Overall Folk/Americana Duo/Group 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 2019 Boxcars & Memoirs Tour.
What's on track for 2019?
Writing, Touring, and Recording a new album!
HOP on board the JJ ROOTS Bandwagon!
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.