JusPaul is a multi talented entertainer born and raised in Washington D.C. He has been performing since he was very young, learning to play several instruments by ear. By the age of 9, he discovered he could also sing; however, as adolescence approached, singing morphed into rapping. He made his bones as a rapper and founding member of the rap group, Topshelf Starz, as well as a local battle rapper. His passion and musical talents coupled with his leadership abilities led to involvement in the Teen Champions DC youth organization. He penned a still memorable college and higher learning theme song which was featured as morning inspiration for several years at an area high school. He also wrote an award-winning song for a nationally televised commercial sponsored byDC Tobacco-Free Families and the American Lung Association in which he performed and appeared.
His live performances increasingly became a lifestyle of music as he performed on several stages throughout the East Coast. As a rapper and singer, he decidedly preferred singing. During his senior year at Anacostia High School inWashington, D.C., he also met and began to be mentored by the legendary,Grammy-nominated jazz-funk/soul band, The Blackbyrds. Under the mentorship of his teacher, Keith Killgo, original member and manager of The Blackbyrds, JusPaul became the new lead singer of The Blackbyrds upon their relaunch.This was an organic fulfillment of the mission and purpose upon which TheBlackbyrds were founded when jazz great and Howard University ProfessorDonald Byrd formed a jazz group comprised of his students at HowardUniversity to teach and promote the art of jazz and business of music to next generations. JusPaul’s continued work with The Blackbyrds involved songwriting, recording and touring nationally as well as internationally – all before graduating high school. The Blackbyrds’ 2012 release, “Gotta Fly”,included as the first track “I Need Your Love,” a song written and led by JusPaul as well as his vocals on the entire project. The CD continues to be a top-selling jazz recording in Japan.
As an independent music professional, JusPaul released three well-received solo mixtapes which highlighted his vocal talents and creative songwriting skills through a mix of renditions and original songs. His recently released project, with producer Kid Cannibal, is titled “13” to denote embracing – rather than being afraid of – the different, the odd, and the unknown. The 13 tracks of this project have led to a meteoric rise in his musical career, garnering rave reviews and featured plays on internet and local radio stations in the U.S., U.K., Turks &Caicos and Austria, to name a few.
The variation and experimentation JusPaul has had with music over his career thus far has led to diversity in the music he now creates. When Chuck Brown fused funk and jazz, he forged an evolution in music by creating a sound he coined ‘Go-Go’. JusPaul has created a sound that fuses the rhythm and blues, funk and house genres of music which he calls ‘BlueHouseFunk’. A fan of artists such as Charlie Wilson, The Jackson 5 and Usher Raymond, JusPaul has over a decade of experience as a singer-songwriter and entertainer. As the youngest member of The Blackbyrds, he has many years of experience recording and touring domestically and internationally – from the Vanguard Festival in Copenhagen to sold-out shows in London.
JusPaul’s career has been widely recognized not only in many reviews of The Blackbyrds’ highly acclaimed performances over the past decade, specifically highlighting his talented star potential and musical voice, but also through showcases, radio and media features, and journalistic acclaim throughout theU.S. and abroad. JusPaul was recently voted winner of syndicated radio stationWPGC-FM’s “Verses & Flows” competition, the Titan Arts Awards of D.C.’s 2017“Best Male Vocalist of the Year,” and signed to a distribution deal with Priority Records.
This multi-talented artist from the Southeast section of Washington, D.C., whose love of music, arts, culture and youth development is also dedicated to philanthropy. His solid foundation in live performances supports his mission to not merely entertain but to educate and continue to inspire youth to pursue their creativity through a musical experience. JusPaul’s musical talents are unrestricted by genres, thus his stage moniker which is the only way to describe the musical experience he provides so aptly — JusPaul.