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Camden, New Jersey, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2001 | INDIE

Camden, New Jersey, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2001
Band R&B Pop




"Ju-taun Press Kit"

"Ju-Taun is the perfect example of a self-made indie artist." - Rainsong Artist Development

"Ju-taun Press Kit"

"Ju-taun's hard work and determination exemplifies what it truly means to step out on faith and be on your grind 24/7 in order to make you dreams a reality." - Most Slept On Artist (May 2008)

"Ju-taun Press Kit"

America voted Ju-taun top 2 on the MTV prime time series "MTV's TOP POP GROUP" (Aug-Oct 2008) - Mtv.com/Toppopgroup

"Ju-taun Article direct link"

http://www.soulspain.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=589:soulspain-presents-ju-taun&catid=903:reportajes&Itemid=105 - Soulspain.com


Past EPs: "It's Been a Long Time"(2003), "Say It"(2006)

Past Albums: "How Bad You Want It"(2004)

Current Album available online: "Love Changes Things"(2009)

Current Singles available on iTunes:
"Go Slow", "Get at Me", "Yes"

Radio Play: Yes



South Jersey. Circa mid 80s:
For the Evans brothers, now 30 and 31, music was never just a hobby; it was a way of life. Morning, noon and night, the Evans house was alive with the sound of music -- all types of music; everything from Latin to jazz to funk to gospel. They credit their father with exposing them to an array of genres and lighting that “spark” that today is a raging fire of creative and musical genius. “Our dad was a huge Philly International fan,” James recalls, “and he used to play their music all the time. We would tell him songs we wanted to hear and as we got a little older, around seven or eight, we used to actually sit down and write songs together.”

Thailand. Circa mid 80s: Samaouen Cheng grows up in a refugee camp where he was born after his parents fled Cambodia. “I lived there until I was six years old,” he says. “All I remember was that we often had to escape thieves and hide. I remember the sounds of gun shots. It’s all like a bad dream.” 

Eventually, a Christian organization in San Francisco arranged for Samaouen and his family to be adopted. “We flew to San Francisco and from there went to Memphis where we stayed with this family for a year until my parents saved up enough money to move out on their own.” They moved to South Philadelphia where there was a large Cambodian community, he says.

Samaouen’s parents eventually separated, his mother remarried and the family relocated to Williamstown, NJ. It was there that Samaouen discovered his love for music. “It was my stepfather who actually introduced me to music,” he recalls. “He used to love the Righteous Brothers. From then on I just fell in love with music. I was in the choir, did musicals....and then I went to school and met two brothers named James and Jake.”

After growing up in two totally different worlds with drastically different backgrounds, Samaouen and the Evans brothers found themselves in the same city bound by a common love and speaking that universal language known as music.

The boys became fast friends and eventually formed a singing group together, along with two other friends. After awhile, “life happened” to the other two and they went their separate ways. But there were no hard feelings. Says Jake, “It’s a tough business. W’eve had a lot of success but there have been ups and downs. Sometimes people give up that drive. They don’t see it ending well. That’s basically what happened with the other two guys.”

But Jake, James and Samaouen, now known as Ju-Taun, are stronger than ever, having amassed quite a following for their brand of music which they say is as diverse and eclectic as they are. “We’re working with Leon Huff now,” says James, “which is very ironic because my dad was a huge Philly International fan. He was always playing their records and telling us about Gamble and Huff.” The group is also working with John Whitehead of McFadden and Whitehead.

The trio of singers/songwriters/musicians say their debut CD will reflect their diversity but the influence of the greats is apparent. Says James, “If you look at the group, we’re all mixed up, we’re all from different backgrounds and nationalities -- all jumbled up -- that’s sort of like our sound. There are influences from genres and places and music that we grew up listening to. It’s a fusion of classic R&B, modern stuff, 80s classic rock and pop and even some Latin stuff.”

And their audience is as varied as their style is: From the Pantene Total You Tour where the group shared the stage with Mary J. Blige and Tyrese, performing for an audience of mostly African American women to the Joe Piscopo Room where the fans were mostly Caucasian men and women, ranging in age from 50 to 80.

Jake says the group doesn’t feel compelled to be locked into any one genre or sound.
“Artistry comes from the heart,” he says. “We try to do what we feel, not what’s hot right now. We did that at one time but we’re learning and growing as artists so our sound continues to evolve.”

While Ju-Taun’s music is clearly entertaining, it also packs a meaningful punch. Case in point: “Take Me Home.” Says Jake, “This song is about being on the road so much and just wanting to go to that place where you’re comfortable and that’s home.” Samaouen adds, “Sometimes you get caught up and forget about what’s important in life, then you realize how special home really is to you.”

“Wishing on Willows” is a gentle nudge to take note of the simple beauty that life has to offer. Says James, “This song is about taking you back to that time in your life when you had that feeling of being carefree and enjoying everyday and enjoying what you’re looking at, seeing the sights and not worrying about all the craziness in life.”