J poetic is a hip-hop influenced spoken word artist, emcee and producer. Wanting to make the listener think, he blends metaphor, theology, and philosophy through passionate lyricism and wordplay. His sound is unique in that it unifies different genres such as folk and hip-hop with heartfelt acoustic indie vibes, abstract samples, boom bap breaks, and North West soul.
J poetic has gained national recognition as a spoken word artist winning the poetry slam competition at both the 2013 & 2014 Justice Conference Poetry Slam in Philadelphia and LA. He has written custom spoken word pieces for leadership conferences and organizations such as Youth For Christ.
He has been playing shows, showcases, youth groups, bars, release parties as well as conferences, and events consistently for the last two years. During this time he has performed in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, and has been a featured artist in Portland for events such as Portland Soundcheck at the Aladdin Theater, as well as a featured artist for The Portland Poetry Slam. He has shared the stage with artists that were part of American Idol, NBC The Voice and other MTV networks. His live show is a mixture of passionate spoken word, contemplative hip-hop, and high-energy lyricism.
If you’re interested in having J Poetic perform at an event, conference, or show, or are interested in having him write a custom piece for your organization please email email@example.com or simply contact him directly via the contact tab.
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"James (Jpoetic) has been a great fit at regional and national Youth for Christ Staff Conferences. James has a unique and interesting style that can connect well with any audience. James has a huge heart for lost and broken people in need of a relationship with Jesus, and his heart is evident in every performance."
-Cory Huffman, Program Leadership Specialist, Youth For Christ
“James is a minister of the gospel and talented hip hop performer. He has a boldness for Jesus
and passion for our urban community in Portland, Oregon. He regularly communicates the
gospel through hip hop culture/spoken word and demonstrates his faith by living an authentic
life for Christ.”
-Raymond De Silva. Portland Soundcheck Founder
“I have seen James dynamically impact urban youth with the love of God through his hip-hop
performances. James is excellent at getting large and small crowds of students involved with
music and performance. I have witnessed tough-minded hardened youth relax and open up
their minds to listen to James when he performs.”
-Jesse Richards, Associate Pastor at Door of Hope