J.Phoenix

J.Phoenix

 New York City, New York, USA
BandPopR&B

I write and perform soul-filled, timeless music fitting for the stage, romantic nights at home, motion picture and television moments, product branding and universal messages.

Biography

“Authentic, that’s the genre,” says award-winning songwriter and vocalist J. Phoenix when asked about his music. He is not being facetious. He’s serious. Every lyric and ever melody comes from some place deep inside his soul leading him to create the type of songs that are cherished for decades. It is this ability that won him honorable mention for a pop ballad, an R&B uptempo and a hip hop, RB mix in the 16th Billboard World Song Contest.

In the 2008 J. Phoenix brought his music to the people with the independently released, 13-song debut CD, Masterpiece.

“Creating Masterpiece has been one of the most empowering acts of my life” J. Phoenix says. “Preparing the album reinforced my belief in my music and spoke to my independence.”

One of the industry’s best kept secrets, until now, J. Phoenix (who writes under his given name, Larry Loftin) is highly disciplined and dedicated to the arts of singing and songwriting. In an effort to be heard, this ASCAP award-winning songwriter has performed his own music in clubs and at special events, licensed his music for film and television, and had hit makers in pop, jazz, R&B, hip hop and gospel genres record his tunes. But, his ultimate goal is to sing the songs he writes to the masses.

J. Phoenix began his music career, in church, at the age of seven. “By the time I reached high school I was winning vocal contests and working with local bands. I was also writing, but doing so secretly. It wasn’t until college that I let the proverbial cat out of the bag. People were feeling my songs, but I still considered myself a singer, not a songwriter.” The earliest acknowledgement within the industry of J. Phoenix’s vocal talent came from the late Luther Vandross; and his songwriting talent was recognized by renowned arranger and producer, Mattias Gustafsson, with whom he wrote more than 100 songs.

From those launching pads J. Phoenix, followed the encouragement of his attorney to shop himself as a songwriter, which resulted in consecutive publishing deals with BMG and Zomba. His skill as a songwriter across genres was proven early in his career. In what seemed like lightening speed, J. Phoenix was honored with the ASCAP/Sammy Cahn Award for excellence in lyrics. His song “Adore You”, recorded by contemporary gospel group Anointed, was nominated for a Dove Award (Urban Recorded Song of the Year). His ballad “I Fall So Deep” was prominently featured in the film B.A.P.S. Legendary jazz vocalist Nancy Wilson recorded “A Fool In Love”. R&B vocalist Joe recorded “All That I Am” for his platinum-selling album of the same title. Acclaimed European, pop vocalist Gary Barlow recorded “I Fall So Deep”. Renowned jazz guitarist George Benson recorded “Still Waters”; and Michelle Wright, one of Canada’s premiere artists recorded “Circle of Life”.

Coming of age at the dawn of hip hop, it was only
natural that this genre would soon embrace him. When it did, it was as both singer and songwriter. J. Phoenix is the voice and the writer behind the hook for Tupac Shakur’s “Thugz Mansion” (Nas version) on the Better Dayz album and on Nas’ God’s Son.

J. Phoenix songs, and oftentimes his voice, have been heard on television shows in Australia, Great Britain, Canada, Sweden and Taiwan. In the United States his songs have been featured in major motion pictures, such as “The Brothers” and “From Justin to Kelly”, and on tell-all television shows such as E! True Hollywood Story, Revealed, Access Hollywood, and Facing Fame. In 2006 J. Phoenix was heard, along with American Idol, Bo Bice, in a commercial campaign for the Hasbro Monopoly™ board game.

J. Phoenix’s writing style is best described as universal. Every song--whether a love ballad or a mid-tempo, with a socially conscious theme--carries a thought-provoking message. As a writer he is often mentioned in the same breath with Lionel Richie, Bill Withers, James Taylor, and even John Lennon. Former Billboard editor, Melinda Newman, summed it up best when she wrote “few artists looking for deals come with credentials as strong…”

Vocally J. Phoenix is soulful—not only R&B soulful, but soul-felt across all genres, delivering from deep within. He arouses crowds while seamlessly performing Donnie Hathaway and Stevie Wonder covers, Broadway show tunes and his own pop, R&B, rock and country-tinged songs. Music journalist, Brian Cogan described him this way: “He is by no means a soul singer in the traditional sense. While trace elements of Al Green and Sam Cooke can be detected on the Geiger counter, there is just as much craft as a typical Disney show tune, somehow funneled through Seal.”
J. Phoenix has been invited to perform at such high-profile events as the Sundance Film Festival and Intel Music Festival, to sit on panels along side prestigious songwriters, such as Barry Eastmond, and to collaborate with other well-known writers in Nashville, and on both coasts. His lyrical wisdom and provocative st

Lyrics

Sweet Freedom

Written By: Larry "J. Phoenix" Loftin

Verse 1
Goin back to the future
Things aint what they used to be no
Seems we just, we get a little older
But it’s alright the day will soon come
Could be the stranger on the street
Could be the homeless that you mee
You may an instant connection
Could be neighbor down the hall
Could be the person at your job
You will find one common direction
We’re all headed for

Chorus
Sweet Sweet Freedom
Everybody’s on the same road
No matter what your color, rich or poor
All headed for Sweet, Sweet Freedom
Everybody wants the same thing
Bottom line is about what love can bring
Sweet Freedom

Verse 2
Going back to the future
World is out of control with the choices
Seems we’re just, moving way to fast now
But no matter what some things never change
Could be the old lady who smiles
Could be the beauty of a child
You may find an instant connection
Maybe the drug dealer you see
Or just the man who don’t believe
You will find one common direction
We’re all headed for

Chorus

Bridge
Standing at a crossroads
With so much to lose
As the years pass by, there’s still so much to do
Well the road keeps turning
And it will get rough
Still all in one direction
Headed right towards love……

Sweet Freedom

Written By: Larry "J. Phoenix" Loftin, Kip "KP" Wilson

Verse 1
Goin' back to the future
Things aint what they used to be no
Seems we just, we get a little older
But it’s alright the day will soon come
Could be the stranger on the street
Could be the homeless that you mee
You may an instant connection
Could be neighbor down the hall
Could be the person at your job
You will find one common direction
We’re all headed for

Chorus
Sweet Sweet Freedom
Everybody’s on the same road
No matter what your color, rich or poor
All headed for Sweet, Sweet Freedom
Everybody wants the same thing
Bottom line is about what love can bring
Sweet Freedom

Verse 2
Going back to the future
World is out of control with the choices
Seems we’re just, moving way to fast now
But no matter what some things never change
Could be the old lady who smiles
Could be the beauty of a child
You may find an instant connection
Maybe the drug dealer you see
Or just the man who don’t believe
You will find one common direction
We’re all headed for

Chorus

Bridge
Standing at a crossroads
With so much to lose
As the years pass by, there’s still so much to do
Well the road keeps turning
And it will get rough
Still all in one direction
Headed right towards love……

Heart of a Soldier

Written By: L. Loftin, G. Haase

Verse 1
She turns on the TV, she hears the lies
His face in the papers, she starts to cry
Anger and rage now, in war with her heart
She puts on her good shoes, and she goes out to march

Chorus
No matter what you’ve been told
No matter if you’re young or old
We’re all marchin’ to the same drum
Many mountains to over come
No matter if you’re black or white
We’re all fightin’ for life
Still marchin’ as we get older
Everyone’s got the heart of a soldier

Verse 2
He lives in LA, got a brand new baby girl
He finds her secret, shatters his world
Anger and rage now, in a war with his heart
Wants to do the right thing, so he goes out to march

Chorus
No matter what you’ve been told
No matter if you’re young or old
We’re all marchin’ to the same drum
Many mountains to over come
No matter if you’re black or white
We’re all fightin’ for life
Still marchin’ as we get older
Everyone’s got the heart of a soldier

Bridge
We’re stronger and we know it
At times we’re forced to show it
Takes every breath that we have left
To sometimes bring a change
To find a better way
Sometimes we gotta stand for what is right
And be prepared to fight

Discography

MASTERPIECE, debut album, Soft Release: September 2007, Official Release: June 2008

Recordings (Partial Listing)
"A Fool In Love"- Nancy Wilson
"All That I Am" - Joe
"Thugz Mansion" - Tupac Shakur/Nas
"Circle of Life" - Michelle Wright
"Ain't No Remedy" - Earth, Wind & Fire
"I Fall So Deep" Gary Barlow
"Still Waters" - George Benson
"All For One" - Randy Brecker

Set List

45-Minute Sets, 8 Songs
For The People
Hate To Love You
Sweet Freedom
Conversation
Money Don't Mean A Thing
Ghetto Love Song
Heart Of A Soldier
Masterpiece