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J*Ras & SouLifted Bio:
Entertaining audiences of all kinds by performing in and producing shows since 1999- J*Ras (aka:Intalect1) of SouLifted breaks new ground with the release of his first solo effort- "City of Trees" feat. Prezident Brown, Soul Medic, Jahworks the Revolutionary, Lady Grace and more. Rockin’ reggae rhythms, classic hip hop flavor, and conscious dancehall vibes are seamlessly blended with a hint of jazz, R&B, and soul to form a style all his own. J*Ras is not strictly a vocalist or emcee though, he is also a producer, recording engineer, dj, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist featured on many different albums including: SouLifted's debut album "Higher", Soul Medic's albums "Soul Medication" and “Now You Know”, Jahworks the Revolutionary's “Overcome", Wild Oak Music Group's "Peace of Mind" Compilation CD, and many more. J*Ras & SouLifted are sponsored by Pure Anywear- clothing for the conscious (www.pureanywear.com), Silver Surfer Vaporizers (www.silversurfervap.com), and Shine Clothing (www.theshineclothing.com).
Hailing from the Foothills of Northern California J*Ras & SouLifted bring forth a refreshing new sound with a positive vibe and a message to wake up the masses. Whether performing solo or backed by the SouLifted band J*Ras always delivers a high energy live performance to uplift any size crowd! His hand-crafted beats and grooves are lovingly complimented with a steady flow of conscious lyrics, positive messages of personal empowerment, self-realization, and strength in the struggles of life. J*Ras is an infectious performer who always lights up the stage and gets the people dancing no matter what their age or musical preference.
After growing up watching his father emcee and host countless events, it was only natural for J*Ras to pick up the microphone at a young age. His love for music showed early on and he was already performing conscious hip hop songs as early as the fifth grade when he did his rendition of Arrested Development’s hit song “Mr.Wendell” at his elementary school’s talent show. Years later J*Ras found his identity as an emcee and DJ in the hip hop group Hypothetically Lost Souls where he was given the name Intalect1 for his incredible ability to freestyle about anything at any moment. Eventually, J*Ras would join together with his sister, international singer/songwriter J Ross Parrelli, to form the group Heart Life and Soul who began touring up and down the west coast performing at major music festivals by 2004. After one independent release with Heart Life and Soul and countless shows, J*Ras and other members of HLS combined with some of Northern California’s most talented musicians to start the band SouLifted, who released their instantly classic album “Higher” in 2008. Today, J*Ras continues to spread his positive message and love for music to audiences of all ages around the world.
J*Ras has shared the stage with legends and up and coming stars of many different music genres including reggae/dancehall artists Burning Spear, Collie Buddz, Prezident Brown, Junior Reid, General Smiley, Mykal Rose (Black Uhuru), Pato Banton, and Soul Medic; Hip Hop artists including Talib Kweli, Wu Tang Clan, Blackalicious, Living Legends, Lyrics Born, and many more. J*Ras has performed in many different venues from elementary school demonstrations in low income neighborhoods to clubs and music festivals of all kinds including: The NW World Reggae Festival, Bobolink Music Festival, Sierra Nevada World Music Fest, Mt. Shasta and Cisco Grove Renegade Festivals, One Root World Festival, Sacramento Unity Festival, Best of the Bay Reggae Fest, and many more.
Currently J*Ras has begun to explore his passion for teaching and giving back to the youth in his community and the surrounding areas. He is the Artist Development Coordinator and a youth mentor for the Auburn Hip Hop Congress, which is a non-profit organization that educates, motivates and inspires the youth through hip hop music and culture. The Sacramento State University alum has taught hip hop and creative writing courses in Junior High & High Schools, organized artist development seminars, and given live demonstrations on turntables, emceeing, and more. Check out www.auburnhiphopcongress.com for more information on this amazing organization that is making a huge impact on their community!
J*Ras and his band SouLifted have exploded onto the national music scene in 2010-2011 and they are making a big impact throughout California and beyond with their highly uplifting original music. SouLifted's debut album "Higher" is available at select retailers nationwide. The brand new J*Ras album "City of Trees" which features Prezident Brown, Soulmedic, & more will be available in stores on June 14, 2011 and online starting July 5th! Check the website for more info and tour dates!
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