Few artists have accomplished as much in the past 20 years as Jackiem Joyner. With a number one jazz album, several Billboard chart topping hits, and a series of critically acclaimed books to his name, he has shown himself to be the rare artist capable of transcending his instrument and reaching a mainstream audience. Now, as he begins the thirteenth year of his career during a time of unprecedented change in the entertainment industry, he remains as focused on his art as ever. “I don’t care how hard things get, it’ll never stop me from doing what I love,” he explains. “playing the sax, writing music and stories, and performing live.”
Jackiem was born in Norfolk, VA. At an early age he began to show signs of the restless creativity that would later define his career. Despite his humble upbringing, he was able to get his hands on a saxophone as a child. The instrument quickly became his constant companion. After years of practice, he emerged in style with 2007’s ‘Babysoul.’ A masterclass in seductive smooth jazz, the album marked the arrival of a brilliant instrumentalist, and set the stage for a prolific recording career that would include Grammy nods, hit singles, and no shortage of critical adoration, right up through 2019’s ‘Touch’.
While his career as a recording artist and performer would be enough to keep anyone busy, Jackiem has been nearly as prolific as an author. His novels, which span from gritty urban thrillers to highly imaginative science fiction have garnered praise from all around the world. While also earning the Silver Literary Titan Book Award.
Currently, he is promoting his most recent release ‘Zarya,’ a timely story that examines the disintegration of society on a distant desert planet.
In addition to his own work, Jackiem is dedicated to using his standing to inspire young artists to follow in his footsteps. With the foundation of JOYNER MEDIA COMPANY L.L.C., he is providing a new generation with the tools they need to fully realize their potential. He continues to record and release music at an impressive speed, most recently the single ‘Road To Soul,’ which was composed and recorded exclusively during quarantine. Jackiem has led a life unlike anyone else and continues to be a vital voice for creativity and free expression as he enters a bold new stage in his career.