Jayel Stokes

In the city of Detroit, a place that has been historically known for producing new music and talent, it seems only right that Jayel Stokes would be born and raised there, indulging in all that the city has to offer. If the sultry and sassy sounds of Chrisette Michele could be mixed with the raw and authoritative grooves of Alicia Keys, somewhere in the middle you would find Jayel.

Jayel has been singing pretty much her entire life. Singing came so natural to Jayel. Getting her start in the church at the mere age of six, music has continued to play a major role throughout her life. She attended one of Detroit’s most historical high schools, Cass Tech. It was here were she nurtured her gift for music. As a violinist she earned her position as Concert Mistress of the high school Symphony Orchestra. The environment also allowed her to make life-long connections with like-minds that shared the same passion for music. One person in particular that has played a major role in Jayel’s pursuit of music is a musical genius that goes by the name of Darell ‘Red’ Campbell Jr. He is a musician/producer that has worked with a wide array of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Eminem, and Marcus Belgrave, just to name a few.

Jayel and Red began working on her first solo project in the summer of 2003. The project seemed to move at turtle speed due to the fact that Jennifer attended college out of state at Purdue University to get her B.S. in Animal Science. Upon completion of the program in just 4 short years, Jayel returned home geared up and determined to complete the project which she had formerly begun.

 In 2007 Jayel was able to complete her self-written, independent music project, "Golden Lady".   Jayel has been writing music since she was a young teenager. She draws much of her inspiration for her lyrics from everyday life. From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, many can relate to the heartfelt message in her music. “Golden Lady” is filled with a compilation of soulful R&B that will keep your head bobbing, and little bit of jazz to mellow things out.

“So, what’s going on with Jayel now,” you ask? She has been in the studio working on her sophomore album “Feelin’ Good”, set to release in the Fall of 2012.  This album is composed of head rocking, finger snapping, hand clapping soul and R&B music.  Jayel features her violin playing on several of the tracks.  She is also very excited to features the talents of a few of Detroit’s hottest musicians and producers.  When she is not rocking the mic, Jayel works as a Veterinarian.

With every day that passes, Jayel is grateful to be blessed to share her voice once again with those that are there to listen.  Having the opportunity to offer music with substance that so many people thirst for keeps her going.  So stay tuned, and be sure to look for “Feelin’ Good” this fall.