JJ Thames offers a colorful mixture of traditional blues and soul. Using
music as therapy, with her heart on her sleeve, she belts, growls,
shouts, croons and moans from a place deep within her soul. She began
her career in the late ‘90s singing background with musicians Bobby
Blue Bland, Peggy Scott Adams, Willie Clayton and Denise LaSalle as well
as reggae-rock band, Outlaw Nation. Thames began touring with many
reggae and rock legends, including Fishbone, The (English) Beat, Israel
Vibrations, Bad Brains, Slightly Stoopid and 311. She has also penned
songs for some pop, R&B, rock and hip-hop artists. “Tell You What I
Know” is the title of her debut album (for DeChamp Records) which hit
the 2014 Billboard chart. Her new album, “Raw Sugar” (DeChamp Records)
was recorded at the famed Malaco studios and released in April 2016.
Thames fronts her own nine-member band as lead vocalist and can also
perform as a duo/combo act. She leads Blues in the School programs and
can help teach the Mississippi Blues Trail curriculum.
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