“Turn Up the Love”
— Jea Street, Jr.
Jea Street, Jr. is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. He was inspired to become a musician during his Freshman year at Morehouse College when he joined the Morehouse College Glee Club. Though he enrolled at Morehouse with plans to become a doctor, he was so inspired by the power of the music he experienced as part of the famed MCGC that he dropped all of his pre-med classes during his sophomore year and began to take music classes for the first time.
After graduating from Morehouse with a Bachelor's degree in psychology, Jea went back to school at the University of Delaware where he studied music theory and composition. Since finishing at UD, Jea has been involved in many different facets of music. Jea has sung professional operatic and broadway roles, produced a hip-hop album, has recorded several of his own projects, and was commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Delaware Art Museum to co-write a work that told the story of the 1968 occupation of Wilmington, Delaware after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. He has completed a new recording project entitled "The Sit Down“ which tours as a production of Artivism brought to life in the form of a musical experience.
Currently, Jea uses the Wolf Trap curriculum to help Head Start teachers integrate music into their teaching, conduct songwriting workshops in elementary schools, and develop a junk jam band in high schools. He is a lead singer in a corporate cover band, and serves on the boards for 302 Guns Down, inWilmington, and Muay Thai Against Drugs. Jea's main inspiration is his family, his community, and the high standard of artistic achievement set by great artists before him such as Duke Ellington, Donny Hathaway, and Quincy Jones.