Born in Halifax, NS, Singing & Songwriting has always been a passion for Jocelyn that began at an early age.
This love for music continued throughout her school years where she was taught classical violin since the age of 9 and a regular participant of youth honor choirs, orchestras, and musical theatre into adulthood.
Jocelyn has been influenced by many musical artists from Patsy Cline & Loretta Lynn to Bonnie Raitt & Carly Simon, from Aretha Franklin & Etta James to Lynyrd Skynyrd & The Rolling Stones, from Madonna & Martina McBride to Miranda Lambert & Adel, and everything in between. The driving force in her writing style is a desire to cross and merge genres as well as lyrics to evoke deep thought and strong feelings of every kind in the listener.
In the beginning of her career, Jocelyn was the Executive Board Treasurer for SANS (Songwriters Association of Nova Scotia) and began showcasing her songs to welcoming audiences and continued to hone her craft as a songwriter and singer.
Jocelyn returned from Nashville, Tennessee in 2014 where she recorded an EP of her original songs at WarnerWorks Studio. Under the direction of producer Bill Warner, her songs were tuned to an original cross between traditional bluegrass and folk.
Jocelyn was selected to participate in Bell Media's Club One New Release television series. The series showcases emerging talent across the Maritimes with live performances and interviewing select artists that aired in the Summer of 2017.
Jocelyn was been nominated for “Song of The Year” in the Folk/Roots/Americana category at the 2017 Josie Music Awards in Nashville, TN. for her song "Hey Baby" that was produced by Jeff Gray at Magic Brew Studio.
In early 2017, Jocelyn joined forces with fellow writer Jeff Gray, and together they formed the singing/songwriting duo, JJ Roots!
"Singing & Songwriting has always been a passion for me that began as a child. I believe my life's musical journey has led me to this pivotal moment in joining forces with Jeff . We are proudly creating songs in a uniquely blended sound of textures and emotion, crossing all genres."
Jeff Scott Gray
Jeff was born in San Diego and spent his formative musical years in Alabama and Massachusetts listening and learning from the likes of CCR and Sly and the Family Stone. These early roots were shaken when Jeff discovered rock through The Edgar Winter Group and Bachman Turner Overdrive. It wasn't until 1977 when his passion really took off after discovering the infectious riff rock and theatrical performances of KISS. Over the years he continuously returned to these influences following the likes of Alice Cooper, Metallica, Rush, Slipknot and even Marilyn Manson!
Jeff's musical journey is unusual in that he spent 28 years as a bank executive while maintaining his official garage band superstar status! Time was not wasted however as Jeff continued to push his guitar playing boundaries continuously endeavoring to learn what his simply did not know! This culminated in a new found passion for acoustic music starting in 2011 when he purchased his guitar of a life time, a Gibson Song Writer Deluxe Studio. Since that time Jeff has penned more songs than in his previous 51 years on this planet!
After 40 years of honing his skills, inspired by the amazing talents of Tommy Emmanuel, Jeff has recently taken on the monumental task of becoming a world class finger picker. Aware that this is no easy feat, Jeff possesses a business skill that allows him to focus on the long term.
It is in this environment that Jeff is thrilled to have teamed up with the super talented Jocelyn Parlee to form JJ ROOTS!
"It is clear to me that my life's musical journey has been preparing me for this shining moment partnering with Jocelyn. Every sliver of my Rock, Metal and Acoustic roots are coming into their own with our music."
Jeff Scott Gray
Jocelyn Parlee & Jeff Scott Gray, as JJ Roots, are always working hard in the studio to produce more original works at WarnerWorks Studio in Nashville and Magic Brew Studio in Nova Scotia. They continue to showcase and receive bookings for live performances and are growing a fan base in Canada, the US, and beyond.
For more information on availability, bookings, upcoming releases, and public appearances, please go to the Contact Page.