Mixing R&B, rock, funk, Motown, and soul with strong blues and gospel vocals, and tossing in ska and reggae grooves for occasional seasoning, ”Relentless energy’ might be an adequate way to describe what JJ Thames delivers to her audience from the bandstand every night. Soul and Blues Magazine calls her “A chameleon of the vocal cords. She belts, growls, shouts, croons, moans and gives a master class of how to really “saannnng.” Never over-egging the pudding, leaving space and allowing the songs to breathe. But her ability to connect to the core emotions in the lyrics means she connects with her listener.” Blues Blast Magazine goes on to observe that Thames is “going to give every ounce of her blood, sweat, and tears to make sure her crowd is fully engaged. Obviously, she was born with the desire to bring it every single night...”
Jj Thames has literally and metaphorically come a long way in the last few years. From busking in New York City subway tunnels in 2008 to having the No. 1 Hot Single on the Billboard Charts in March 2014, and now in 2017 having two chart-topping and critically-acclaimed releases and international tours under her belt...Thames has arrived. Her story reads like a classic Hollywood biopic, full of early joys, tragic losses, and a seemingly predestined turn to music as a career.
Thames puts a positive spin and contemporary touch on the blues while being deeply respectful of the female blues trailblazers. You hear the echoes of Chess, Bluebird, and Stax in her blues-soul repertoire. While possessing a unique voice completely her own, The “Mississippi Blues Diva's” captivating story-telling ability and stage presence has been widely compared to the stylings of Etta James, Koko Taylor, Janis Joplin, and Tina Turner... Legendary Blues Woman Dorothy Moore insists that Jj Thames is the “future of the blues.”