The Real J Israel is an up-and-coming R&B and soul artist from Atlanta, Georgia. With a unique sound that combines chill, downbeat R&B tones with refreshingly down-to-earth vocals. Growing up the son of a minister, The Real J Israel spent most of his early life in and around gospel choirs.
This taught him the power of music, and how to inject soul and passion into his voice. In the last few years, The Real J Israel has embraced a completely new sound, switching from traditional gospel music to a more personal, intimate brand of R&B for the purpose of better expressing himself as an artist. Although he has moved into a new genre, his music is still influenced by gospel and maintains a rich and warm feel that is different from other R&B tracks today.
Listening to this 2 track EP, I feel there are great things to come, not binding himself to what is traditionally considered R&B, his sound and approach is more of the singer songwriter ethos, his voice, clearly impressive and captivating, in the track “A Better Me (Acoustic)” The Real J Israel’s voice shines through, traveling from his heart, thorough the microphone to sing to your very soul. The song really digs deep and keeps you listening, even to the silence afterwards, hoping for more.
The 2nd track “I Am Me” is also an introspective anthem, his R&B roots and time in gospel are evident as the foundation of the song. Much like a song of devotion and worship (not that he worships himself) but that he worships his life, holding no debt to others and being solely responsible for his own life, which is refreshing.
Perhaps most unique to The Real J Israel’s sound is how refreshingly authentic and grounded his lyrics feel. Outside of his career as a musician, is a family man, and the owner of a successful business, his music is the part of his soul he shares with the world. These experiences have clearly helped The Real J Israel stay humble, which in turn has influenced his music and made it warm, relatable, and authentic.
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