With close to two decades of dedication to his music career and craft, JJ Voss has taken his passion for songwriting and performing, along with his many experiences in life, to build an authentic and professional solo career rooted from the fabric of the working class.
With close to two decades of dedication to his music career and craft, JJ Voss has taken his passion for songwriting and performing, along with his many experiences in life, to build an authentic heartfelt solo career rooted in the soil of the working class.
Raised on a small farm in southern Saskatchewan, Voss began his journey in music at the age of 8 when he picked up his Dad’s old flat top, and has been following in the footsteps of legendary troubadours like Steve Earle, Charlie Major, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen ever since.
From playing weekend gigs with his high school band, to gigging six nights a week in night clubs, to festivals and soft seaters, Voss has become known for his ability to fuse the ‘classic’ sounds of Country, into a piece of work that’s perfectly suited for our modern times.
He released his debut EP ‘Hillbilly Storybook’ in 2009 garnering a WMCA Producer of the Year nomination which put him on the map as an up and comer in Canada. In 2012, he followed it up with his sophomore album, ‘Show ‘em Who’s Voss’, landing him a SCMA Roots Album of the Year award and chart action for 5 singles on Canadian Country radio, including ‘It’s a Pride Thing’ which peaked #62 on Nielsen BDS Top 100 and ‘Playing For Keeps’ at #51. The album also received extensive international airplay, which led to Voss’ first overseas tour, playing shows in Germany, Ireland, France and the Netherlands, Colombia and Mexico in 2015.
In 2017 Voss was forced to take a hiatus from his career for one year to recover from major back surgery. Having been bedridden for a long period of time, with only social media, TV and the news as his connection to the outside world, Voss began to digest the current social trends involving nationalism, tribalism, polarization, division, and violence - all of which weighed heavy on his mind. He put pen to paper, and by 2018, he had written his 3rd album, ‘Come Along With Me’ and was released on March 20th, 2020.
Since the release of 'Come Along With Me', JJ has performed 20+ online concerts, 40+ Live concerts (both solo and with his band) gaining an impressive reach, increasing his fan base and maintaining a consistent revenue stream from tips and merchandise sales. The video for his re-make of Murray McLaughlan's 'Farmer Song', a collaboration with Darlene Tuleta and Canadian Hall of Famer Charlie Major, has been viewed over 150 000 times.
The album has helped JJ garner 8 SCMA awards; Male Artist of the Year (2022), ‘TV/Radio/Livestream Show of the Year’ (2022), ‘Male Artist of the Year’ (2021), ‘Roots Album of the Year ‘(2021) 'Roots Artist of the Year' (2020), 'Video of the Year' (Some People' (2020). Voss has seen top 10 Mediabase chart success with 3 singles; “Some People”, “Come Along With Me” and “The Kind of Man”.
Currently JJ is writing songs in preparation for release this year.