About

JAD's verklempt, heartfelt songs on the human condition weave elements of indie rock and folk with sophisticated pop and, to the keen listener, alternative R&B. Blending the hushed quietude of an acoustic guitar with the roars and cries of an electric, JAD's introspective and observational songs are diverse, honest, and maintain a certain air of artistry -- this is largely reflective of his upbringing in Ottawa, Ontario. A brother to a twin sister, and the son of two Lebanese immigrants, JAD started singing at the age of 3. His passion for music was nurtured by his family, with many nights and car rides spent by his father's side being exposed to a wide palette of artists and genres. 

While attending Canterbury High School (notable alum Richard Parry of Arcade Fire and Chester Hansen of BADBADNOTGOOD), JAD studied music more seriously, teaching himself guitar and piano while developing his technique and sense of artistry through the school's music program. He formed and fronted the band Tall Trees, releasing an EP and album independently, garnering some attention from local media with Jen Traplin of LiVE 88.5 writing them up and saying "Jad's vocals are Robert Plant-esque, he plays and sings like a season veteran". The band dissolved and went their separate ways due to attending university in different cities. 

While in high school, JAD also developed an interest and deep appreciation for film and photography, as well as other visual and performance art, and the ways in which they communicate. He continues to feel passionately about the intercommunication of the arts. 

After some years of going to shows and talking to the band since 2009, JAD developed somewhat of a friendship with Mother Mother. Having communicated on and off with the band via social media in the passing years, in the summer of 2016, he tweeted out a clip of himself covering "Ghosting", which caught the attention of the band's frontman, Ryan Guldemond who tweeted back words of support. The following winter, JAD filmed a proper cover of the song, once again getting the band's attention, who retweeted it. In March of 2017, while playing at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the band dedicated "Wrecking Ball" to him. 

After a stagnant period in university, JAD began working on new material without any particular intention. In January of 2017, he went into the recording studio with Jensen Grant, and what was intended to just be a couple of songs became an EP, which then became a full length album. 

Upon finishing his post-secondary studies, JAD moved to Toronto, ON to continue pursuing music. Connecting with bands like The Beaches, Goodbye Honolulu, and PUP, he felt the universe was giving him signs that he made the right move. 

Citing influences like Elliott Smith, Andy Shauf, Frank Ocean, Mother Mother, Mac DeMarco, Alex Turner, The Strokes, and Father John Misty (to name only a few), JAD is resistant to pigeonholing and believes in complete, unrestricted artistic freedom and expression. Also a fan of composers like Gabriel Fauré, Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, W.A. Mozart, Joe Hisaishi, and many others, JAD pays close attention orchestration and arrangement. 

After releasing his debut album "Still Life" independently, JAD has gone on two self organized tours and played several festivals to great critical acclaim. Charlie Kerr, Matt and Sam's Brother & frontman of JPNSGRLS said "the album's like if Jeff Buckley and Elliott smith met up in a recording studio with a bottle of wine after subsequent breakups". 

Recently, JAD closed a night at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, a show that was sponsored by local indie station Indie88. An interdisciplinary artist, he is always working on new music, photography, zines, short films, and projects that use the arts simultaneously to communicate. JAD believes in love, empathy, vulnerability, and deep, emotional connection. The human condition is powerful, confusing, and overwhelming. All we've got is each other.