SUPER proud to be a part of this BEAUTIFUL music! This is a joint I wrote for BIGYUKI's new project, "Reaching For Chiron," which features the amazing, soulful vocals of Chris Turner, and the musical genius of Taylor McFerrin and Louis Cato. It premiered earlier today on okayplayer.com (click link for full article). Check it out, pass it to your people, and by all means, SPREAD YOUR LOVE!!
I'm excited to be narrating this amazing new PBS Kids STEM, Art and Culture Series, WHAT'S GOOD, which breaks down the science of some of our everyday passions, interest, and innovations. Check out the first episode on DANCE below. And be sure to share with your friends and family!
THE TEN /
Knowing how my fellow #Chicagoans impact the WORLD, this is TRULY an honor! MUCH Love Sophisticated Living Chicago & Bridget Daley for having me be a part of this issue’s #TheTEN. THE TEN is made up of some of #Chicago’s Finest trailblazers, trendsetters & tastemakers that you should know. Check out the entire cast at slmag.net. LOVE the shots Anthony Tahlier! S/O to Mike Zhou of the Zhou B Art Center!
This year is going to be special for us all. Let’s make it special together! Get out your calendars and book J. Ivy for your next event. Available for universities, schools, graduations, theaters, clubs, private events, studio work, film, commercial work, voice-overs, workshops, author talks, conferences. #poet #performancepoet #actor #recordingartist #songwriter #author #motivationalspeaker #music #film #television #voiceovers #writing Music by: Decap & Brady
Very excited to see my work considered for the 60th GRAMMY® Awards. Both the "Dear Father Audio Book" & "My Daddy's Records" are up for consideration in the BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUM category. "Finding My Music" by Peter Vogelaar & DJ Madrid ft. J. Ivy is up for consideration in the BEST DANCE RECORDING category. And "Destination Hope" by Maurice Brown ft. Chris Turner & J. Ivy is up for consideration in the BEST R&B RECORDING category!! Exciting times. Send up the prayers and thank you for all the LOVE & SUPPORT!! More heat on the way!!
What's up Good People! I hope all is well with you and yours. It's been a beautiful whirlwind, a lot of travel for me, and a lot of new creations. Can't wait to share with you my trip to Africa and so much more. For now check out my latest collab with the homie Young RJ of the infamous Slum Village. Click here for the link. Much Love!
Hip-hop's favorite poet and award-winning artist J. Ivy bares his soul in this inspirational memoir of pain transformed into healing and empowerment.
J. Ivy is a true pioneer and trendsetter who's bridged the worlds of hip-hop and poetry through his appearances on HBO's Def Poetry and his collaborations with Kanye West and Jay-Z. But throughout his success, he carried with him the pain of being abandoned by his father and growing up in the tough neighborhoods of Chicago's South Side.
So he sat down with pen and paper and processed his pain the only way he knew how - through poetry. The resulting poem, Dear Father, became his vehicle of forgiveness and healing. It is a pivotal poem that has touched and inspired the lives of millions.
Fused with his signature raw lyricism and street consciousness, J. Ivy's memoir shows what it takes to deal with your emotions before your emotions deal with you. His story is personal yet universal, and will inspire others to channel whatever pain they have experienced into their own powerful gift of expression.
Here's some of my NEW NEW #MUSIC w/ the genius sounds of Peter Vogelaar & DJ Madrid!! CLICK HERE for the link of #FindingMyMusic. Pass the good word and use everyday to
FIND YOUR MUSIC!!
#newmusic #newmusicfriday#spokenword #electronica #folktronica #chillwave #hiphop #producer #cubase #ableton #downtempo Cover art 'Ballet Dancer' (Acrylic) 2017 by Chadwick the Maker. #albumcover #acrylicpainting #chicago #ireland #nashville
This past Friday was one to remember. What better way to start it than by rocking with one of your favorite people and powerhouses in the game...Sway, thanks for the LOVE my Brother!!
Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of sitting down with D.A. Rhodes at her annual Author's Brunch to discuss my book, "Dear Father" and my new album, "My Daddy's Records." Had a blast with the interview and the audience showed so much love!! Check it out here and be sure to pick up "Dear Father" and "My Daddy's Records" on the store page...PEACE!!
Back at it with the voice-overs... If you missed the #2017 #NBADraft on #ESPN, check out the opening video voiced by yours truly!! CONGRATS to the newest #NBA stars!!
BIG S/O to DJ Sundance, Patricia Edwards, Debra "DA" Rhodes and everyone at 106.3 Chicago for having me out to talk about Dear Father, My Daddy's Records, and this Sunday's Author Brunch. If you missed the interview, CHECK IT OUT HERE... Much Love!!
So I've been feeling some amazing energy, angelic almost, and I was getting ready to post one of my favorite pieces, "Wings," when I came across Coodie Simmons #SundayBlessing: "The Man who has no imagination has no wings. -Muhammad Ali" So that energy I was feeling wasn't just my imagination. We have to pay attention to the signs. In spite of all the harm we see happening in the world we have to remember this is a spiritual journey. So in spirit of the blessings, the lessons, the ancestors, Muhammad Ali, my brother Coodie Rock, and vibing out to My Daddy's Records, here's "Wings" directed by my brother #Camovement... Much Love! #Chicago #MyDaddysRecords #DusableMuseum #SouthSide#WashingtonPark #HydePark #TarreyTorae #Cheynice #Slang #JoeKollege#MarshallKnights #BrandonCollins #EdithYokely
GOD Bless You!
#HappyFathersDay!! As we celebrate all the amazing #fathers in our lives it's my pleasure to share with you my latest #album "My Daddy's Records, the #soundtrack for my #book #DearFather!! This one holds a special place for me and it's an amazing feeling to share it with y'all! CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK to MY DADDY'S RECORDS!! Make sure y'all cop that, write a review, and by all means share it with your people. BIG S/O to everyone who lent their gift and helped me tell this story. LOVE YALL!! #JimRichards #TarreyTorae #JT #SkiBeatz #ChrisRob #MarshallKnights #Reality #KhariLemuel #Yaw #JohnHill #WinstonChang #GregMagers #GrahamBurris #RichSancho #ChrisVelona #CoodieAndChike #AhmandeGrimes #newmusic #album #poetry #music #poetrycommunity #J_Ivy #poet Cover Art Designed by: Ceadda
HAPPY, HAPPY #MothersDay Weekend to all the mothers far and wide!! You are truly loved and appreciated!! Here is a song from my book/audiobook "Dear Father." It's called "Every Day Is Mother's Day" and features the amazing Khari Lemuel... I shot and directed this myself. Hope you enjoy it! Please #subscribe to my #YouTube page. Have a BEAUTIFUL weekend with your families. MUCH LOVE!!!
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