Out of the Heart of Georgia with a sprinkle of Texas Swag, New York Attitude and UK properness comes a force to be reckoned with in the industry. Jasi Witherspoon, musically known as J. Sariah, is a singer/songwriter bringing an old school storytelling style of songwriting and mixing it with a blend of Hip Hop beats and Neo Soul vibe. Her unique sound showcases the true emotional experiences that surround each song.
After graduating from Macon’s Howard High School in 2013, J. Sariah accepted a tennis scholarship to Barry University in Miami where her tennis team won the NCAA DII Women’s Championship her freshman year. She stayed at Barry U for two years before accepting a full tennis scholarship to California University of Pennsylvania where she graduated in the Summer of 2017 with a Bachelors in Psychology. Everyone expected her to immediately start training for a professional tennis career and become the next Serena Williams but music took J. Sariah in a different direction.
J. Sariah was born and raised in Macon, Georgia but has also lived in Long Island, New York, Cardiff Wales (United Kingdom) and Houston, Texas. She is well traveled having been all over the contiguous United States, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand (where she received the warrior wounds on her arm from a battle with a 3-foot bell jellyfish during a scuba diving session). She is currently splitting her time between Macon, GA and Houston, TX.
“I write what the beat says”
A music lover from an early age she has been inspired by artists like Aaliyah, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Ashanti and many more. Neo-Soul is the sound she identifies with most but her writing/singing style can easily mesh into R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop, Gospel and more. Listeners will find a nice mix of styles in her music and with melodic hooks and catchy phrases spread on top of crisp beats that catch your ear immediately.
A passion for music has always been present in this 22-year old’s life, she began writing songs in middle school after going through her first heartbreak. Writing was her way of escaping emotionally stressful times with any situation, positive or negative. From these experiences, she wrote “Victory” and the gift of writing blossomed into regular undertaking which lead her to win the Director’s Award in the Paramount Songwriting Contest at the age of 15. As a teenager, she began working on songwriting projects with her cousin Airplane B the founder of AMG (Airplane Music Group). This unique experience cultivated her knack for writing to beats instead of finding a beat after the song is written, “I write what the beat says,” is J. Sariah’s stance. She comes from a musical family and has also worked with her cousin, producer/engineer E-Brad in Florida.
“music is the universal language we all speak”
The Path, her debut EP, is composed of six tracks that describe the progression though some key points and relationships in her past and the various ups and downs that follow all relationships. The opening song "NYB" (None of Your Business) covers the gossip that surrounds most young love. This track is sure to get the attention of any 90's R&B lovers that will instantly catch the sampled tracked in the background. The second track covers a newly blossomed relationship that has progressed to the point where she is asking "Are You Ready" to take this love seriously. By the third track "Swish" the couple is clearly head over heels in love and not ashamed to show it to the world. Trouble in paradise is evident in the fourth track (inspired by Drake's 2013 Too Much), "Overthinking" where she is starting to question what her man is really up to out in the street. "Revenge," the fifth track on the album is sure to be an attention grabber with its strong vocals and karma filled lyrics. The album ends with "Whippin," a catchy party song that reflects on her first years of college in Miami and freedom from the constraints of a serious relationship.