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West Orange, New Jersey, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

West Orange, New Jersey, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
Solo Pop Electro




"Earmilk Premiere: Submerse yourself in J-IDRIS new video for “Stare At The Ocean”"

Singer and producer J-IDRIS is no stranger to the music industry. The New Jersey raised artist was born to Charles Smith (co-founder of Kool and the Gang) and Rai Ragland (a popular back up singer featured on the classic track “Celebration”). Growing in such a musical home exposed him to a plethora of opportunities including talented artists, long studio sessions, and experiences most of us would be lucky to experience at least once in our lifetime. It is no wonder that he followed in the path laid out before him, but his music boasts his own personality and prowess. His latest single “Stare At The Ocean,” is a sultry party anthem that is rich in driving synths, clap percussion, and sweeping melodies that will carry you through the wee hours of the night. Take a listen to the single below and check out the music video.

https://soundcloud.com/jidris/stare-at-the-ocean-radio - Earmilk


“Stare at the Ocean,” the newest single from Miami-based singer/songwriter and recording artist J-Idris has been impacting the Billboard Charts and will introduce the emerging, young performer as a hot new hit maker in the world of pop and EDM music.

While taking a break from a hectic touring and recording schedule, J-Idris found a moment of peace earlier this year while standing on the balcony of his label head’s ocean front condo after signing to Hot+Messy Records. It was in this rare moment of tranquility that he stared out into the ocean in Miami Beach that inspired the slick beat and moving lyrics that became “Stare at the Ocean,” a club hit that defines J-Idris’ unique sound and style.


J-Idris was born into the life of music. His father was Charles Smith, one of the original founders of Kool and the Gang, but despite this royal lineage, he is ready to blaze his own musical path and redefine a new EDM sound with a style that fuses traditional club beats with elements of rock, funk and worldly instruments. His own musical influences span the gamut from Miami based hit makers like Pitbull and Shakira to the lyrical writing prowess of the Dixie Chicks.

The single is being released in support of his upcoming album #VCVC, which stands for Very Close, Very Close, and it will feature a number of collaborations with top recording artists, including Taryn Manning, Dave Navarro and Anthony Acid. Fans can expect his first album to drop in early 2015.

J-Idris will be touring in clubs all over America in support of his new music and can be seen at such hot spots as Mansion and the opening of the new STK in Miami.

Pick up “Stare At The Ocean” now on iTunes and keep up to date with J-Idris via his website, Soundcloud, Facebook & Twitter! - Only The Beat

"J-Idris – Stare At The Ocean (Papercha$ers Remix) [PREMIERE]"

J-Idris, the son of Charles Smith was the original founder and member of the highly-acclaimed American R&B group Kool And the Gang (known for tracks like “Jungle Boogie” and “Ladies Night”).

J-Idris’ “Stare At The Ocean” is currently sitting at the #32 spot on Billboard’s Dance chart and will be making its TV debut on MTV Clubland later this week.

Papercha$ers have also struck fame in their own right as one of favorite remixers for top recording artists including Rihanna, Big Sean, Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Nick Cannon & more, as well as being brought on by Disney to remix “Let It Go.”

Buy on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stare-at-ocean-remixes-ep/id937150010

For more information on J-Idris please visit:
Official website: www.j-idris.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/user/jidrisofficial (Page name J-Idris)
Twitter: www.twitter.com/jidrisofficial
Instagram: www.instagram.com/jidrisofficial
YouTube: www.youtube.com/jidrisofficial - EDM Sauce

"J-Idris “Stare At The Ocean” Music Video"

Singer/producer J-Idris unleashes the official music video for his single “Stare At The Ocean”! Watch the edgy, cool video below. Premiered by Ear Milk. - Brightshop Marketing


Singer/songwriter andproducer J-Idris has just released the official music video for his hit single, “Stare At The Ocean.” The video premiered on Earmilk, featuring the track that’s been generating major buzz on stations like Vic Latino’s Party 105.3 (WPTY), K104.7 (WSPK), WCPT Chicago, and Sirius XM BPM Radio.

The New Jersey-born singer is the son of Charles Smith (co-founder of Kool and The Gang), and was predisposed to a creative, musical atmosphere. Now, J-Idris is brining his own unique sound to your ears, under the new independent imprint Hot+Messy Records, on which J-Idris will release his upcoming mixtape, #VcVc (Very Close, Very Close), out on May 19th. Check out the video for “Stare At The Ocean” below:

http://youtu.be/eeYXz-XqIHw - Planet Stereo


Still working on that hot first release.



J-Idris is a musical visionary. Singer, producer, song writer and performer — music is not only his passion, it is in his composition. Born in New Jersey to Charles Smith (co-founder of Kool and the Gang) and Rai Ragland (a popular back up singer featured on the classic track “Celebration”), he was raised in the presence of A-list celebrities, all night parties and endless studio sessions. His parents were often on the road, which left Justin to mature at a young age and with a need to develop his own musical style. While he was born into the party that was going on right there, life was not always good times and laughter throughout the years. It was not until moments before the untimely death of his father, that the proverbial torch was passed and his inner artist emerged. A new sound poured out that eloquently infuses EDM & pop with elements of rock and hip hop to promote a positive message and an overall feel-good vibe.  He is a natural performer who has toured the world, playing stadiums in front of 50,000 people – on stage is where this artist really comes alive.

Rebranded under the moniker “J-Idris”, his recent relocation to Miami is directly reflected in his latest oeuvres. The sounds are sunny, happy, and energetic. He manages to stay a step ahead of the curve while knocking out a catchy sound that current top 40 radio is both lacking and craving. His music adds a refreshing, upbeat and funky spirit to something that comes from victoriously having fought the demons within the depths of his soul.

Under independent imprint Hot And Messy Records, J-Idris is currently working on an EP called #VcVc (for Very Close, Very Close) to be released Summer 2014.   The first single, “Stare at the Ocean” has been greeted with an overwhelmingly positive response in the clubs and on commercial radio. Some collaborators who have contributed to the EP include singer/actress Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black), rocker Dave Navarro and producer Anthony Acid.

Tune into Mega 94.9 Miami (ClearChannel Top 40 radio) to hear “Stare At The Ocean” in the current rotation and catch J-Idris this summer on the #VcVc promotional tour.

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