About Ja-Tun

Ja-Tun and Andrew Gutterson with Kid Lucky, Madison Square Garden“I dream of doing it well. Doing it big just follows naturally.” – Ja-Tun

Ja-Tun is a singer – songwriter who puts a new-school spin on some old-fashioned musical virtues. Like musicianship. Like respect for the songwriter’s craft. Like never forgetting that it’s all about the audience. In addition to her solo work, she is the founder and lead vocalist for Random Acts of Soul. She also performs regularly with Epic Soul as well as the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale. under the direction of Dr. J. Donald Dumpson.

A New Jersey native, Ja-Tun discovered her passion for music early.She’s fond of recalling that her parents played Mozart, Benny Goodman, R&B,  and spirituals for her while she was still in the womb.  Violin lessons started at four, followed later by lessons in clarinet, voice and piano. In addition to singing and playing with school ensembles, she sang with the Westminster Children’s Chorus, performing the “Carmina Burana” at Princeton University’s Alexander Hall when she was 11 years old. Three years earlier, she made her theater debut as part of the cast of the Passage Theater production of the Motherline. At Smith College, where she earned a degree in Afro American Studies and minored in Psychology, she sang with the College Chorus and did her own “fly girl” turn as a founding member of Sabor Caliente, a hip-hop dance troupe that was a popular half-time feature at local basketball games.

Ja-Tun performing live at Gilmore's Cafe, Trenton, New Jersey

Ja-Tun performing live at Gilmore’s Cafe

Ja-Tun started performing her original songs and spoken word pieces in local clubs around Washington DC, during an exchange semester at Howard University. After graduation, she returned to New Jersey and began pursuing a music career in earnest. A disciplined performer and student of her craft, she created PROJECT SON, an artist-development and event planning venture, quickly developing a roster of clients and hosting open mic performances in and around Trenton, New Jersey.

Ja-Tun has made a name for herself in the competitive Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York music scenes. New York audiences were first introduced to her vocal improvisations as part of the Nu Voices orchestra, under the direction of beatboxing pioneer Kid Lucky. More recently, she’s sung backup and lead for former Philadelphia International Records recording artist Amazin’ Grace Little and her GLB band, mastering a repertoire that ranges from Roberta Flack to Jazmyn Sullivan. She also headlines with the popular New Jersey-based bands Black Frost,  Freakwincey and Harvest.

She’s been on the bill at such notable venues as the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Madison Square Garden (Nu Voices) and Warmdaddy’s, and before appreciative audiences in several US cities and in Korea.

With the release of her 2012 album “Dirty Diamonds,” Ja-Tunput  her prowess as a singer, songwriter and vocal arranger on full display.  It’s all about versatility – she moves effortlessly from
the rocker, “Silver Lining,” to dance numbers such as “You Can’t Deny” and “quiet storm” joints such as  “Fire,” to the heartrending ballad, “Exposed.”  Ja-Tun is a polished vocalist and entertainer – and it shows.