Welcome to change. Let go of the old. Grab hold of the new. Let’s move to the future…
If pop music is perfectly commercial, completely airbrushed, color corrected, and neatly packaged, with not one hair out of place— JimiJames is “Grittipop.” The visionary singer-songwriter’s authentically named brand of music is raw, uninhibited, and all inclusive.
JimiJames has been challenging music industry standards since her debut album The Truth was released in 2006. The self-proclaimed “Rah Rah Girl” deliberately draws outside the lines and jumps off the page with her electrifying voice and empowering honesty.
KCRW 89.9 FM Radio DJ Garth Trinidad tagged JimiJames as one of the top artists to look out for in 2008. Trinidad originally premiered JimiJames The Truth on his highly respected syndicated radio show Chocolate City in Southern California. By the end of 2007, the album had been featured on Sirius Satellite radio’s #1 rated Hip-Hop Nation music segment (DJ Jamad’s Afromentals), and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) had requested that JimiJames submit The Truth for GRAMMY consideration.
The L.A. native’s eclectic style is one part hip-hop swagger and two parts R&B soul singer— with pop star sex appeal and a dash of punk rebellion. Her early influences include Prince, Madonna, and Cyndi Lauper. The Rah Rah Girl later listened to Brandy, Missy Elliott, and SWV. JimiJames tells real stories and paints vivid pictures that expose what lies beneath the surface. Her music is playful, occasionally mischievous, often vulnerable, daring and sexy, yet soulful with substance.
Jimi has collaborated with several established producers, including Soulshock and Karlin (Mary J. Blige, Monica, Usher, Fantasia), Derek “Big Tank” Thorton (Aaliyah, Timberland), Karriem Riggins (Common, Erykah Badu, Slum Village), Anthony “Stereo” Waldrip (Mya, Christina Milian), Sauce (Brandy, Will Smith, Eric Benet) and more.
At the top of 2008, JimiJames performed live at The Roots Annual Pre-Grammy Jam Session along with Grammy Award-winning music veterans The Roots, Seal, Corrine Bailey Rae, Doug E. Fresh, MC Lyte and others. Since then, she was invited to perform at the Urban Network Conference, the I Got Soul Conference, and the Dallas City Arts Festival.
Jimi continues to rock crowds from L.A. all the way to New York, making her way through the Midwest down to the “Dirty South”. Her unforgettable stage performances and ever-growing online presence has lead her to do a host of interviews and special guest segments on national and international music shows, including DJ Barry King’s Starpoint Radio in London.
JimiJames highly anticipated sophomore album So Janky is scheduled for release at the top of 2009. Those who have heard a sneak peek of the project say that So Janky promises to be JimiJames’ hottest album yet, and will definitely take her to the next level, garnering the recognition she deserves as a music artist. For fans that just can’t wait for So Janky, the word on the street is that The JimiJeezee Mixtape is available for free download and contains previously unreleased tracks.
Jimi has recently won lots of attention by creating The WILDCARD Sunday Series at the Purple Lounge inside the famous Standard Hotel in West Hollywood, CA. The WILDCARD is a platform for independent artists and the perfect brand for JimiJames who definitely has proven herself a “Wildcard” among music artists. This Wildcard plays with no boundaries. She moves freely in various directions without leaving her audience behind.
JimiJames’ next stop: The Future….