SouthEast J (TomPowersMusic) is a Recording Artist/Producer/Mixing engineer, who was raised in a small town near the Tennessee/Virginia state border. “J” first fell in love with hip hop as a youngster in the mid 90’s, but didn’t start rapping until age 22, after relocating to Knoxville TN.
“J” & good friend/musical partner “King Rezin”(Tim Fox 1978-2001) set out to amass a catalogue of songs which blended hard core hip hop with live instruments and a “gritty” socially conscience message. “Rezin” was enrolled to attend a well known recording engineering school to better their career, but was tragically killed in a car accident in 2001. “J” followed in Rezin’s footsteps and attended the school himself, critiquing the skills that would lead him to a career in music as a Recording/Mixing engineer. While knowing his true calling was more of a songwriter and producer, “J” developed his skills behind the mixing boards, while developing his ability as an Artist behind the microphone. He moved to Nashville, TN where he designed and built a recording studio. The studio was a success, but that success was short lived.
In 2005, his career all but collapsed due to some very serious “legal circumstances” in which he had no choice but to deal with. In 2007, he was sentenced to 29 years in the DOC and his career was at a standstill. The “TomPowers” alter ego was conceived during this time, & his legal battle was only beginning. “J” refused to rest quietly, and fought his case on Appeal for over 3 years, when the conviction was finally overturned in the Supreme Ct., due to an Illegal search and seizure. Most would think, “case closed” but his case was re-appealed by prosecutors not once, but twice; which cost “J” another 4 years of fighting, as the case moved through the court system. He would finally prevail and all charges were dismissed in 2014.
After almost a 10 year departure from the music industry & with all the legal troubles in the rearview, J is back & has emerged as the somewhat socially conscience “SouthEast J” who has an alter ego by the name of “TomPowers” that guides listeners through the streets, providing a new and different perspective on the “Hustlin” lifestyle. He has a new outlook on life and see’s the “ever changing” music industry as just another challenge/barrier for him to break into with today’s style of new school artists and the direction of hip-hop music in 2015.
“it once was said, that the rap music industry was a young man’s sport….but we’ll see about that… tell em’ keep up.” “I don’t make music for the times; I make music for the soul. The soul last forever” -- SouthEast J
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