One of Memphis’ best-kept secrets, entertainer JROQSOL, is a unique hybrid of Memphis soul, gospel, and mainstream Pop/R&B.
This born and bred Memphis native developed his craft in his father’s church at the early age of 4, singing songs such as those by the renowned gospel group The Clark Sisters and vocalist extraordinaire Daryl Coley. Around this time, he also began secretly listening to Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Rounding out his trifecta of musical influences, J also listened to the likes of Al Green, Stevie Wonder, and Aretha Franklin. Before reaching his teen years, J began to form gospel groups, to perfect not only singing but also songwriting. Further training with various recording artists in Memphis sharpened his talent. While gaining an extensive knowledge of gospel music, it was expected of J to continue on the path of a gospel recording artist; however, his heart was elsewhere.
After transitioning from college, he began performing secular music at various events throughout Memphis. After years of hard work, J released well-received mixtapes that integrated his own original music. While teaming up with longtime friend and producer, Keenan Smith, the roots of his sound “ROQSOL” began to form. “ROQSOL is my sound. It’s the combination of all the sounds I grew up listening to. I’m just J. My artistry is ROQSOL.”
While his passion for the stage stems from his deep-rooted passion for theater and performing arts, JROQSOL understands the importance of giving back to the lives of youth. From his early days as a volunteer at First Presbyterian Church’s homeless shelter to performing at then-Memphis City Schools’ Echoes of Truth Foundation Inc. fine arts camp, he constantly seeks opportunities to give back to his community. In 2015, JROQSOL headlined The House Party, an annual night of celebration, music, and dance, but turned the event into a fundraiser for Memphis Union Mission. JROQSOL’s most meaningful performance showcase is the Memphis Juneteenth Music Festival. A repeat and frequently requested performer of Juneteenth, he passionately supports the festival’s initiative of using the arts as a tool for social change, by promoting and recognizing inner-city youth through the arts.
JROQSOL has started an intriguing buzz amongst the local Memphis community. However, the buzz has extended beyond the borders of Memphis. He has performed at venues in Los Angeles, St. Louis, Tampa, Miami, Hartford (where J starred in the musical production of "Change Needed - A Christmas Experience"), Little Rock, Atlanta, Jackson (MS) and Tennessee’s own Nashville. JROQSOL’s major milestones include headlining for Memphis’ Juneteenth Music Festival 2017, successfully releasing an EP in 2013 − Lessons Learned − performing at Memphis’ Hard Rock Cafe and other Memphis staple locations, and filming his premiere music video for his 2013 hit single, the sultry hit "Blind in Miami." For the past few years, JROQSOL has been putting all of his energy into putting on shows to promote his original music as well as featuring other independent music acts. His efforts will culminate in the highly anticipated release of JROQSOL’s debut album!