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  • Writer's pictureMegan Routledge

Swamp Funk & Memphis Soul Maestro JJ Grey Releases 'Wonderland' Single & Music Video From Upcoming Album 'Olustee'


By Megan Routledge.

Renowned singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist JJ Grey unveils a new song, "Wonderland," from his upcoming album Olustee, which is set to release on February 23rd on Alligator Records. JJ Grey & Mofro have also announced a massive, months-long tour headlining iconic venues across the US, including The Ryman in Nashville, The Riviera in Chicago, The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, among many others. Additionally today, Grey unveiled a new, animated video for "Wonderland."

"Wonderland" has already had great reception with radio with 13 adds at Triple-A (Adult Album Alternative), and 14 adds on Americana making it the #2 most added single at Americana and #1 highest debut on Americana singles chart.

On Olustee, Grey's first self-produced album, the North Florida-born and bred artist sings his personal stories with universal themes of redemption, rebirth, hard luck, and inner peace. With his music, Grey also celebrates good times with lifelong friends, often mixing the carnal with the cerebral in the very same song. Fuelled by his vividly detailed, timeless originals, spun from his own life and experiences in the Northern Florida swampland, Grey’s gritty baritone drips with honest passion and testifies with a preacher’s foot-pounding fervor.

JJ Grey spoke about "Wonderland" saying, "When I was younger it was so hard for me to write a song about simple happiness. This song is almost like a post-it note for me, there to remind me that every day is the first day of my life." Last month, Grey released the first two singles from the album, "The Sea" and “Rooster”. AllMusic says JJ Grey’s music is “as authentic as the ground under your feet, because that’s where it comes from -- just before it moves, simply and directly, through the body of the listener, into the human heart.”

With Olustee, JJ Grey has once again pushed the boundaries of his own creative musical, lyrical and vocal talents, delivering an album that is destined to become a classic. Many of the songs are steeped in the mythical Southern stories of his ancestral Florida home and filled with people from JJ’s life. The songs overflow with the sights and sounds of the region as told through the eyes of a poet and sung with pure, unvarnished soul. The album’s eleven songs range from the raucous, celebratory first radio single, "Wonderland," to an escape from an out-of-control wildfire in the title track, to the inward-looking closer, "Deeper Than Belief." Singing of his own personal triumphs and struggles, his hopes and desires, his friends and family, Grey’s message is simple and strong -- respect the natural world and always try to live in the moment. And never forget the importance of having a good time.


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