Hailing from Chicago, Illinois comes an avid student of soul music raised on a healthy diet of funk, jazz, black rock, hip-hop, house, and of course rhythm & blues.
JROD INDIGO, a genuine soul singer, songwriter, and producer who has his goals set on giving the mundane and predictable trends of modern day R&B a much needed facelift. There are no boundaries set for this particular artist and his latest recording (Infectious) proves to be just the case. JROD INDIGO soulful sound brings to mind the sounds of Prince, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, and Marvin Gaye, a much needed refreshing sound to this generation.
JROD moved to Atlanta, Georgia by the age of 9 and during the 15 years of his youth spent in the South, he completely immersed himself in the arts. Attending school in Atlanta, GA with such luminaries as the Goodie Mob, 1/3 of the production trio “Organized Noize” (Outkast’s producers on their first offerings), Chilli (TLC) and the one and only Mr. Jonathan Smith – better known to the world as ‘Lil Jon; as well as the BME crew (Rob, Vince, and Searcy).
With all of the transitions that music was going through during that time, especially within black culture throughout the 80’s and the early 90’s, JROD made it a point to keep his ear nourished with organic sounds that artists such as Prince, Sade, Terrence Trent D’Arby, Tony, Tone, Toni, Fishbone, A Tribe Called Quest, Jamiroquai, Meshell Ndegeocello, and a host of others who sonically refused to play the conformity game of commercial rap and overly produced R&B that relies solely on technology more-so than real musicianship and intricate songwriting.
The other half of the 90’s saw JROD heading out west for a brief stint absorbing the sounds of classic rock and underground hip-hop of Seattle, WA. A move in the spring of ’99 to the Bay Area saw JROD sharpening his writing skills and gradually blending in with the long dormant funk and soul scene with the hopes of resurrecting it. With that in mind, it makes sense that the basis of JROD INDIGO’s sound starts with live drums, bass, and guitar, paired with the versatility of a variety of keyboards (fender rhodes, piano, organ, and vintage synths).
JROD has shared the stage with the likes of Amel Larrieux, Martin Luther, The Perceptionists, The Coup, Dead Prez, Kev Choice, Crown City Rockers, and hopes to continue building with his fellow peers in creating a much needed movement within the industry. With nu-school soul artists such as D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Maxwell, and Nikka Costa kicking the musical floodgates wide open, JROD is on a mission to keep those doors open with his brand of organic soul music. Keep your eyes open and ears out, because it is only a matter of time.
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