J Brunson is a South Carolina-based singer, songwriter, composer, guitarist and pianist who has performed extensively across the Southeast region, opening for legendary artists such as Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith. Known in the Carolinas as the “female James Taylor”, the acoustic folk/easy listening artist delights audiences on guitar and piano with hints of Americana, country, pop, blues, Celtic, new age, classical and rock. Her songs, instrumentals and lyrics reflect her deep appreciation of poetry, art, literature and Southern heritage — with imagery-accented stories of love and lore that appeal to audiences from all walks of life. PJ has received accolades from fans and the media alike. The publication Creative Loafing named her Charlotte’s “Best Acoustic Folk Act”. Her latest album, “Home To Me”, was nominated for Folk Album of the Year by members of the International Music and Entertainment Association. The songs are brought to life with the artist’s mesmerizing alto vocals and intricate finger picking on acoustic guitar. Fans have praised the 14-song project as comforting, drifting, thought provoking, life changing, and authentic — a gentle way to find peace in a troubled world.
The singer-songwriter has recorded five other albums as a solo artist and/or member of the New Age duo Ananda, with songs airing on radio stations and websites around the world. PJ’s other solo albums are “Long Road – Live” (2003) and “Come Hell or High Water” (2001). One of her greatest accomplishments as a budding professional artist was opening for Lovett and Griffith at Spirit Square in Charlotte and advancing to the second round of the “You Can Be A Star” talent search. She has performed at a host of prominent venues since then, including the Commodore Lounge and Renaissance Hotel in Nashville; the Charlotte Music Awards Singer-Songwriter Showcase; the York (S.C.) Summerfest; Community Performance Center in Rock Hill, S.C.; the Sylvia Theater in York, S.C.; Manhattan’s in Knoxville, Tenn.; The Grey Eagle in Asheville, N.C.; Cafe’ 99 and Cumberlands in Charleston, S.C.; and Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Belmont, N.C.