The "j" Is silent
Singer/Songwriter Silent St. j, perfectly marries Alternative Folk and soulful vocals creating an emotional resonance with her music. She has the ability to enchant her listeners with honest and captivating lyrics and her hauntingly soothing voice. Silent St. j sparks a sense of wonder in the hearts of any audience, taking them on a journey through the liminal spaces of her mind.
As a child, Silent St. j often spent her time lost in the depths of her thoughts and the vastness of her emotions. Inspired by cinema, she would imagine herself within narratives that would echo her reality. She began writing songs as a means to accompany the surreal movies that were playing in the back of her mind. To this day Silent St. j continues to use this method to create her music. Drawing inspiration from both TV & film, and especially her dreams. By blending her introspective lyrics and gentle guitar picking with a voice of velvet, Silent St. j invokes a hypnotic ambiance to produce her cinematic songs.
Based in the unceded and ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish Nations, Silent St. j has become a bright light in the local music scene. She has been featured as a musical guest on various local radio shows such as CiTR’s ‘The Medicine Show’ and CJSF’s ‘Melodies in Mind 2.0. In 2018, she shared the stage as a choir member with Grammy Award winning artist, Daniel Caesar at the Juno Awards. She has performed live at the 2019 Winnipeg Folk Festival, participating in their prestigious Stingray Young Performers Program. Silent St. j also had the privilege of being mentored by Juno Award winning singer/songwriter William Prince. Although COVID-19 took a toll on live performances, Silent St. j continued to share her music. She had the pleasure of headlining the virtual edition of Commercial Drive's annual Car Free Day festival in 2020, as well as performing at the FAR-West 2021 Virtual Conference. She has been honoured to work with the owners of Capsule Studios and creative directors of the Producers Lounge series, Jane Aurora and Mary Ancheta on her debut single “Veiled” released in spring 2022. This year Silent St. j released her debut full length album “Alexithymia” funded by Canada Council for the Arts and FACTOR. She preformed at this years Canada Music Week as well as this years Khatsahlano Street Party and North Vancouver’s Shipyards Festival. Over the past year Silent St. j has performed at over 50 live shows. Including the Root Dwellers Showcase, Vancouver Mural Festival, Vancouver Winter Arts Festival, The Vines Art Festival, and opened for Portland based band ‘Never Come Down” at the Biltmore Cabaret. Silent St. j also headlined the Black Women in Indie & Folk Showcase at the Fox Cabaret.
She was a feature artist in Black Van Club, the Vancouver guardian and featured as April's spotlight artist on Ontario Presents, and featured in CBC’s Radio Canada. Silent St. j was also a featured artist in the Guilt & Co. 'Guilt by Association' series.
"You gotta see this lovely live. Someone I was sitting beside said, "I felt every detail of the feeling being expressed. The depth and the subtleties." And I thought that description was as so accurate. Very present artist, and generous. I think generosity of spirit is what makes great artists great. They can create true connection moments. I have a bit of a "wow" -hangover after catching Silent St. j's performance."
- Sofar Sounds Vancouver