With every shift comes the ripple, and when jSun’s Reggae-and-Folk-infused soulful vibe washes over you, you can feel a call for change in the musical tide. Now when you think of a Changemaker, you might not be expecting the gently-smiling soft-spoken J, you might be expecting a militant firebrand. However, he has found his own way of making waves.
Just as every shift causes ripples, with every ripple comes the shift, and J, also known as jSun has taken time to learn the turning of the world according to these tides. When he emerged from the Toronto scene, he was more of the militant firebrand you would have expected - he still has an appreciation and a place for his ‘Songs of Past’ that shaped his early shift away from the superficial glitz and glamour of a blossoming modeling and acting career. The songs focused on “real talk and raw honesty about social and cultural injustice,” says Jsun. “…..ultimately, they were messages of unity…..”
Through exploring nature within and around, like the mystics of old, realizations manifested through journeying with the shifts and ripples of nature’s rhythm. The collection of songs entitled ‘Outback’ chronicles travels through South Africa, Barbados, Indonesia, Australia, South America and Hawaii. Jsun became internationally influenced, and educated to the experiences of aboriginals the world over. The ripples of world travel causing another shift. This time towards a reconnection to nature through music and meditation “Our nature’s song is medicine for the mind” says J. “When I’m connecting with this energy, it feels like that’s what I’m here to do. It guides the flow of everything else“. The music became influenced by his encounters with the luminosity and divine beauty of the natural world.
The waves eventually brought him to the South-Western Ontario where he settled into a new rhythm and began connecting with community musically, socially, and spiritually. Having had the opportunity to perform with the likes of Sam Gilly from Burning Spear and the legendary Errol Blackwood, as well being a part of Xavier Rudd’s album ‘Spirit Bird’, jSun’s sense of himself as an artist and as a messenger of reconciliation with nature grew. Thus emerged the ‘J’ album; a mixture of both solo and collaborative flows that typify his intuitive approach to the art. He then connected with other local musicians as to create the five-song EP, ‘Irie’ that was released in 2013. Lately jSun has ventured into an analogue studio to record some solo/duo mellow vibes. The result of these sessions is a 10 song CD called 'Mellow Moods' available spring 2016.
The firebrand had transformed into the Changemaker - all of the ripples, all of the shifts are now a part of a natural frequency that J captures effortlessly and passionately in his music - his entire journey reflected in his rhythm and verse. We are invited to tune into nature’s channel collectively; synchronizing with the luminosity and beauty of the natural world. It is his hope that we will all rise up in harmony, as individuals and as a collective, in a way that promotes inner and outer peace, stability and balance. "As we nourish our nature, our nature nourishes us," says jSun. "May we continue to inspire each other. May we rise each day simply knowing and being our purpose; each day is a gift, live it fully and feel it lift."