Lady J/Shades of J
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Lady J/Shades of J

Band Spoken Word Soul


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"Hired Shades of J through Sonic Bids"

Greg Tarver – TCA Travel Club – “Janine Nash aka (Shades of J) - If there is such a thing as falling in love with a mind, she has the talent to make it so. If you can get beyond her natural beauty, you will find this is a deep thinking sister. - Greg Tarver, TCA Travel Club

"CD Review"

Lady J is a spoken word artist that mixes her poetry with smooth jazz
music. On Shades of J, she shows that she has mad pen skills. “Seek The
Truth” is about the effects the truth has on everyone. She has some pretty
deep thoughts on this cut. “Life” has an upbeat groove about being
responsible for one’s own dreams and believing in oneself. “Issues With
My Phone” is about waiting for the phone to ring. It is a short poem, with
a great subtext. “Searchin’ ” is about taking a chance on love despite past
heartbreaks. “How long must a sista sit in the dark/While you refuse to
shed the light?” She asks with conviction and true curiosity. Shades of J
should be added to your collection.

"Barbara Fulton"

I just knew from the CD title “Spoken Word Soul” that without a doubt it would conjure thoughts, soothe the soul, make you groove and put you in the mood. And that’s what this record does. It puts you in a chic, cool and eclectic place listening to a jazzy funky band with a soulful vocalist invoking sweet thoughts. Shades of J has a smooth and seductive style with great vocal range.
How artistic and talented to combine both spoken word and music together. This is a display of her enormous ability as an artist to produce creative soulful music. Her delivery is incredible. The words grab your attention with her thoughts and conviction, giving meaning and truth. The word deliverance is persuasive and gripping. Vocally, she’s a gem with a hint of Vesta, Chante Moore and her own unique sound. On top of the wonderful words and voice, the music is awesome. Musically the tracks range from soulful R&B to jazz with both slow and mid tempo instrumental grooves that flow with the words and vocals producing soulful, hypnotic tracks for your listening pleasure.
With the combination of spoken word and music Shades of J goes beyond giving you music, word and song. She gives you a part of her in both a poetic and musical fashion. Sharing her gift with us, leaving food for thought and tunes that will without a doubt make you groove is an artist that is destined to become a talent that will be sought out and appreciated by music lovers around the globe.
The CD is full of great tracks with the highlights being “Seek The Truth”, “The Kiss…The Email Thread, “Under The Influence”, “Stirrin It Up” and “Searchin”. Just from the track titles gives you the anticipation of lyric bliss for your listening enjoyment. “Spoken Word Soul” speaks to you. This is definitely a must have for your collective. Undoubtedly, we’ll hear more from Shades of J.
- Just Soul Magazine


Self Titled, Shades of J was the first CD released
Tracks include, “Seek The Truth”, “Mission Statement; “Life" Searchin", "Smile", "Do Whatcha Gotta Do", "Verbal Bullets", "Seek The Truth", "Under The Influence", "Stirrin It Up", and "Issues With My Phone", “Day Late/Dollar Short”; and “Cozumel”.



Lady J…hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, is a lyricist, poet and singer with over 10 years of performance and studio experience.

J, as most call her, began performing with local R&B/Funk cover bands, then branched out as the Front Woman for the soulful collective, Shades of J. This experience has given her the opportunity to work with or open for Howard Hewitt, Bloodstone, Slave, Barrington Henderson (lead singer for the Temptations), Kirk Whalum, Rayse Biggs (Trumpeter for Kem), and “The Saxtress”, Pamela Williams; as a writer she has penned songs with former Earth, Wind and Fire guitarist, Sheldon Reynolds and is featured on the Devoted Spirit’s album, “The Answer”.

Shades of J is Poetry & Spoken Word ~ Shades of J is Soul Music…and these two genres, sprinkled with a hint of Jazz, meld together like your favorite dish. The poetry is thought-provoking and inspirational; the music is old school – Live Instrumentation!

The Shades of J experience is warm and seductive and has been described as “Unique & Soul Stirring”…a “Quiet Revolution”. Lady J makes a sincere and intimate connection with her audience as though they were kickin’ it in her living room; or, like she’s laying out her song to you in an intimate corner of the room.

The "Shades of J" debut CD, along with her inspiring performances, earned a nomination for a 2007 & 2008 Cincinnati City Beat CEA Award.

Shades of J can pull off a full 6-piece band or a more intimate acoustic set with guitar and flute, depending on the venue or event.

Shades of J…the color of You…