Variety: Blues, Country-Rock, Instrumental, Pop, Religious, Rhytm'n'Blues, Rock'n'Roll, Swing
Solo Performers, Bands, Singers, Instrumentalists, Songwriters / Composers
J.J. Fraser is a singer and songwriter, who plays guitars, harps and a little mandolin.
J.J. started getting introduced to music by his mother's record collection which ranged from opera to Ella to the Kingston Trio. His performing "career" started with a solo, a cappella performance of "O Holy Night" at the school Christmas show while in 5th grade, and there hasn't been much stage fright since. He picked up his older sister's classical guitar at age 12 and started teaching himself from an LP with a booklet of chord charts and strumming patterns. The next thing he knew, he was leading a folk quartet and doing "Highwaymen" folk songs. Then he started learning Beatles and Stones tunes, and a variety of high school rock bands followed. Unfortunately, his girl friends' predictions that he'd soon be on Ed Sullivan never came true. But, high school also included glee club and the formal development of an innate sense of harmony.
After college, J.J. continued to not only play and sing, but he also started capturing his original compositions on a new 4-track reel to reel recorder. Although it was probably a "song shark" deal, he did sell a couple tunes to a publisher and made a 45 in a real Nashville studio. His traveling sales job at the time provided the opportunity for dropping the record at a number of Rocky Mountain radio stations, and he actually heard "Just another Friday Night" aired by KFML in Denver. A whopping 3 figure (including to the right of decimal) royalty check followed, and he's been scratching out a variety of originals since. The two with the greatest "sales" never got air time, but brought lots of enjoyment and inspiration to members and friends of Columbine United Church in Littleton, as the title tracks to two albums from the praise band "Simple Gifts".
J.J. continues to play every style of music he can get away with in the praise band, as he has with various club and wedding bands. Other than solo work, his most regular commercial work is with Greg Kunce, his partner of over two decades in the acoustic folk-rock duo "South Jefferson County". They've played rooms ranging from Holiday Inn to Bluebird Theater, and still turn up repeatedly at local venues such as the Bucksnort Saloon outside Pine and The Next Door Bar in Castle Rock.
J.J.'s been back to Nashville in recent years, but is still hanging in the Denver area, enjoying and appreciating his talented local musician friends and co-writers - notably Sandy Reay — check "I'll Hold You Close" and "Black Leather Coat" on Colorado Sandstorm Music Publishing . Black Leather Coat was played on "Click Your Heels Together" on KVMR on May 9, 2010.
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