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"Jua is what, I feel, all jazz and improvisational artists aspire to be - ORIGINAL. He has amazing command of his voice, a unique and creative way of presenting his voice, and he is always striving to be better. Jua's tone, sense of time and rhythm, and musicianship are all impeccable. A true artist."

— Terrence Brewer, multi-award winning guitarist 

 "The velvety, alluring quality of Jua’s voice highlights the subtle nuances of his signature style of singing. A dynamic style that brings clarity and a certain truth to his songs and at the same time enthusiastically welcomes the audience to participate and feel the warmth and love he so generously shares on stage and off. His new CD "Colors of life" will give the listening an even greater insight into the gentle heart of this gifted vocalist, musician, storyteller."

—  Veronica Nunn, Jazz Recording Artist

“A vocal jazz powerhouse with stunning range, Jua's voice resonates with an elusive and precious element: truth. Every note he sings emanates authenticity, expressing the heart and soul of the music with intelligence, beauty, and grace.”

 — Andrea Claburn, Jazz vocalist 

"Colors of Life is the new CD release from vocalist Jua.  The first thing you'll notice is Jua's gorgeous voice filled with warmth and honesty. His tone is pure, rich and calming with effortless phrasing and a soulful delivery.  Fresh and inventive arrangements with a stellar band create a beautiful showcase for this fantastic vocalist who is a consummate professional on and off stage.  Jua is an incredible musician and vocalist and I am happy to call him my friend and colleague."

—   Whitney James, Jazz Recording Artist

 "Jua's voice is wonderfully room-filling and joyous!  He draws you in and allows you to get to know who really he is.  With great musicality, warmth and feeling he has reinvented material that we all love and made it his own. "

—   Marianne Solivan, Jazz Vocalist

"Jua sings with such passion he sweeps you along on his musical journey and you are there, fully invested in his story- YOUR story: the music. Possessing a rich and expressive voice, Jua has a wonderful future ahead of him and I can’t wait to hear more!"

— Mary Jenson, Jazz recording artist

"Jua's warm, generous personality is beautifully reflected in his music.  With his velvety and versatile instrument, he effortlessly traverses the musical landscapes of jazz, gospel, and pop music with a deep commitment to honest storytelling and rock-solid musicality.  Jua's voice calls to mind the lush soulfulness of Donny Hathaway and the lyrical sensitivity of Luther Vandross, but make no mistake: he is a unique artist, thoroughly contemporary, thoroughly timeless, and thoroughly himself.  Don't miss out on getting to know Jua and his music!"

— Hilary Gardner, Jazz recording artist 

"I've had the pleasure of working/singing with Jua and he is not only a gifted vocalist and performer but a true professional.  In an industry of wannabes and gonnabes, Jua is the real deal."

— Rissi Palmer, Singer and Songwriter 

“Jua is a mesmerizing performer who interprets every song with a creative soulfulness that draws you in and keeps you with him from start to finish. You always know you’re going to get a masterpiece of beauty and heart.”

— Kathy Blackburn, vocalist

"The quintessential renaissance man of soul, Jua’s voice not only commands the stage with a grace and elegance of musical genius, but weaves a timeless story with smooth hues of rich melodic soul that captures the audience, transporting them to a new era of Jazz." 

Janearé Ashley – Singer and Songwriter 

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Cameron Art Museum, 3201 South 17th Street, Wilmington, NC

I am honored to return to the JAZZ @ THE CAM Series hosted by the Cameron Art Museum and the Cape Fear Jazz Society in Wilmington, NC! I will be joined by a trio of phenomenal musicians: Andrew Berinson (piano), Lance Scott (bass), Donovan Cheatham (drums).  

$20 - non-members, $12 - CAM/CFJS Members, $10 Students with valid college ID


The Shed Jazz Club

The Shed Jazz Club, 807 E. Main St., Durham, NC

Me and my Trio, JC Martin (guitar), Kenny Phelps McKeown (bass), Donovan Cheatham (drums), will be back at The Shed on Friday November 18th at 8pm. Start your weekend & Holiday season with your soul stirring and your body swaying to LIVE music. A little classic, a little contemporary but ALL LIVE JAZZ! LOOK TO SEE YOU THERE! www.juasmusic.com



The Velvet Note

The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA

ATLANTA FAMILY/FRIENDS...I will FINALLY be performing music from my latest CD "Colors of Life" and other favorites of mine in the Atlanta area.  In addition, I will be making my debut at The Velvet Note! There will be two shows offered: 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm.  Please come out and share in this monumental evening with me!