J. Jewels is an East Coast music producer who utilizes stylized rhythmic sounds. J. Jewels has worked with Ne-Yo – the Gentleman, Serani, Mighty Mystic and many other ground-breaking artists.
Jewels was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti, his family migrating to the US in the late 80’s, though – unable to obtain a visa for the child, leaving young Jewels behind. He lived with his grandmother on his father’s side for almost a year and half until his parents obtained that visa.
Jewels educated himself, learning a second language to communicate with fellow students at the Brooks Hobbs Magnet School in Medford where he attended sixth grade. By his freshman year in high school Jewels could speak fluent English. He played soccer while establishing friendships, displaying a high proficiency for networking. During high school Jewels’ involvement in music led to a small business handling the DJ work at weddings, adding video to his list of services.
In his senior year, Jewels started a small music production company making beats and recoroding local talent. By the late 90’s he met an up and coming rapper, Rick Hill, an artist that Jewels started producing exclusively. In 2006 the artist opened the JEI company, expanding its role in regional music with a new label in 2015, the JEI Music Group.
A July 2009 article in the Medford Transcript – A Jewel in Medford Square, gives insight into the artistry of Jewels:
“Few people in Medford realize there is a talented group of producers/engineers/artists making great music in the heart of Medford. Jewels Enterprises, Inc. at 22 High Street is a world hidden from the eyes of the cars and foot traffic on the main thoroughfare in Medford, creative sounds and intellectual property are generated inside the office building – an important contribution to the arts in this city that, for some, has flown under the radar screen.
Jewels has had a variety of influences, from Bob Marley, Method Man, Adina Howard, Michael Jackson and more.
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Mr. Vegas and J. Jewels before the show.
Early productions include reggae artist Mighty Mystic and rapper/hip hop artist Omega Red – a New York artist by way of Boston, ) New Hampshire artist Timmy Tunes, King Spyda and more.
With a career that began as a disc jockey/videographer/record producer and show M.C. to a full-fledged entrepreneur with unique ideas for marketing and promotion Jewels has emerged as an artist himself with the release in April, 2016 of “Itty Bitty Bum Bum,” the first title from his J Jewels Presents long player.
The Transcript article goes on to say “ What J. Jewels has created is an impressive array of sounds – both for his corporate clients and his creative artists – in a comfortable atmosphere that the city of Medford should be proud of…and should support.