JJ was born in New Bern, North Carolina. At the age of 6 his family moved to Nashville, TN to help propel him in his music career. Like many other musicians, he grew up playing in church at an early age. JJ considers himself to be blessed because music has always been a therapeutic outlet growing up. Drums were something that grabbed his attention at an early age and now it’s basically his life. His parents have been very instrumental in supporting his talent and music ambitions.
JJ has been giving the wonderful opportunity of working with many great artists such as CeCe Winans, Take 6, RiZen, Brian Littrell (former member of the pop group Backstreet Boys), Benita Washington, and many other well known artists. This talented musician has also been giving the opportunity of performing on many television broadcast as well as live DVDs.
Along with recording in the studio, he currently plays for Mt. Zion Baptist Church which is recognized as one of the largest churches in TN with a growing membership of over 20,000. He is currently working with one of gospel music’s most influential artist Donald Lawrence.