Nashville-based artist JMR (real name Joshua Michael Robinson) has released the 2nd single from his forthcoming EP. The song is titled “June Carter” and premiered today with The 405HERE.
Another arresting, soulful vocal performance from the budding artist, “June Carter” further proves JMR’s skillful minimal production chops while weaving subtle narratives into his emotive songwriting. As JMR describes, “When I wrote the song I was writing about influential women who’s story may have been overshadowed by their significant other. The song is a story that tributes johnny cash’s sort of dark magic to the girl who enabled it. The first school report I did as a child was on johnny cash’s autobiography. I’ve always been fascinated by his life.”
“June Carter” follows previous single “Bound,” which saw a release earlier this month to widespread acclaim. The smooth, soulful track was the first taste from JMR’s upcoming sophomore EP, Boyish, due for release this Friday, May 26. The Boyish EP is fully self-produced and will be released independently.
A native of central Florida and the seventh of eight children, JMR began tinkering with his parents’ upright piano at a young age and discovered a natural eclectic love for music, especially drawn to the emotive lyrical and instrumental work of singer-songwriters, gospel, and soul.
“Jeff Buckley’s ‘Grace’ was probably the first album I was allowed to listen to,”JMR explains. “I related to it so much as a teen, and I came onto it when I accidentally picked it up at a local Spec’s that’s now a PetCo.”
JMR released a debut EP Ritual in 2015 and has since has collaborated with various artists including a feature on Jai Wolf‘s 2016 EP on track “Gravity (ft. JMR).”
The upcoming Boyish EP will feature collaborations with Salaam Remi (Amy Winehouse, Miguel, Estelle) and Robert Glasper (winner of the 2012 Grammy Award for ‘Best R&B Album’).
Listen to “June Carter” and “Bound” now at the links below and be on the lookout for the Boyish EP, out this Friday.