“Truth, sincerity and music directly from the spirit. My music is made to uplift and inspire all people to be better than they are and unite under the shared beauty of the human experience.”
J is a talented multi-instrumentalist, singer and educator for over a decade. As a professional musician for the last 15 years his experiences collaborating with other artists of different backgrounds on a national level has given him a strong musical foundation and a variety of experiences to bring to his listeners.
His musical background stems from the strong influences of musicians in his family. Particularly as a youth, his cousins from his Mother’s side of the family, Charles Jenkins (Grammy Award Winner – songwriting) and Carlton Jenkins, when taken the time to mentor J as a young kid, left an unforgettable foundation of music theory and long lasting artistic impressions. Their leadership helped inspire him at a young age to continue creating and working hard.
As a self-taught musician with talent, Lawson explored his potential as a musician during his military and collegiate years in Tallahassee, FL. Lawson spent a lot of time during those years cultivating his own sound and creating his own songs in his first professional band, Runaway Soul. With the help and support of local artists Cody Chesnutt, Kendra Foster (Grammy Award Winner), Ontario Reshard and Royce Lovett, Lawson either performed or wrote music collectively with these artists. His original songs, eventually lead him to Los Angeles, CA where he met his wife and manager, Elizabeth Lawson. Desperado Orchestra became the name that he strongly identified with, as it comes from Spanish, meaning: desperate. It was a term used for emigrating populations of native Californians who refused to use the El Camion Real, (the historic route 101) where the missionaries set up toll roads for travelers walking to and from the Northern and Southern areas of California.
While in California, Lawson toured throughout the state, and recorded his first two singles released on internet radio and sold on iTunes, “5 In the Middle” and “I’m Not Afraid”. He performed regularly in his Long Beach neighborhood and continued to write new materials. Keeping in the blues tradition, Lawson was hardly stationary, moving to different American communities of the world. Lawson moved as far away as China to perform and work, and later Hawai’i where he now resides.