who is DAJ
Born in Cleveland, OH - DAJ (DeShawn Aaron Jenkins), is an experimental R&B Artist, who believes and thrives in the beauty of simple sound. Being trained in Musical Theater and Jazz as a child, DAJ began very early as most singers do in church, using his unique ear and passion for harmony to vocally arrange and write songs for his Gospel Group "Uneekli Given". After moving and working with local Artist in Chicago, DAJ was accepted into Berklee College of Music, where he studied Vocal Performance and along with his band (at the time) "Indigo Moon" began to showcase his ideas through music through out the upper East Coast. His Song "Fantasy" (Released independently in 2007) was picked up for the Sundance film festival Hit "A Good Day to Be Black and Sexy" and launched his underground following. DAJ then moved to Atlanta, GA where he quietly began to craft out the hybrid of Electronica and R&B sounds along with his musical partner M. Nugent over the next few years. In 2012 DAJ emerged with his first official release "PLANET EP" and "PLANET X 2.0", lead by Single “Padded Room”. Which has also been picked up by the now critically acclaimed “Black And Sexy TV” production house, and featured through out their various series. During this time DAJ began to stretch his skills and began to writing for other artist, having written for International R&B group Mindless Behavior and Broadway Legend Hinton Battle. After a two year hiatus and relocating to New York City, DAJ is re-emerging with a new focus and new music. After the success of his Single “Palm Reader” in April, 2015 DAJ released the Palm Reader REMIX EP -- forerunner to the forthcoming full length LP entitled “i am DAJ” (To be released February 2016 via Onamazu Records) .
i am Daj - tour
3.21.16 - 7pm - Pianos NYC - 158 Ludlow St. New York, NY -
5.10.16 - 10pm - Pianos NYC - 158 Ludlow St. New York, NY -
6.5.16 - Queens Pride Festival
6.12.16 - Jones Haywoods Gala - Washington, DC -
7.6.16 - 9:30pm - Mercury Lounge NYC - 217 E Houston St, New York, NY
7.15.16 - 10pm - The Bitter End NYC - 147 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012 (Birthday Show Celebration)
News & Updates
"i am DAJ" the new album from DAJ drops 2.22.16 via Onamazu Records. Available on all digital media platforms! Get yours today!
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