Just KJ (Kimberly June) has a captivatingly honest presence, radiating from deep within, calling you home with her soulful vocals, honest lyrics and rich, percussive guitar playing. Based in Hawaii, KJ performs on all the major islands at intimate venues, festivals and yoga classes, as well as supporting larger acts that pass through. Originally from Maine, raised in the Dominican Republic, KJ is an island-country girl with a deep love for nature, solitude and wide open spaces. After attending Berklee College of Music and Belmont University, her prolific songwriting abilities landed her a publishing deal in Nashville at the age of 20.
As a writer, her songs have been featured on TV shows (Nashville, Degrassi High) and she currently makes frequent trips to Los Angeles to collaborate on film and TV projects. Her single, Love and be Loved, was a finalist winner at the 2018 Hawaii Songwriter Festival, where she shared the stage with some of LA’s top writers and Kenny Loggins. She is currently working on her album “Just KJ”, featuring all new songs written since her Saturn-return- poetic adaptations of her very own life experiences with a touch of light-hearted sarcasm. Recent singles released include “STOKED” accompanied by a colorful music video and a collaboration with Hawaii-based rapper, Higgs, called “Grateful for You”. She fills her cup by traveling often, practicing yoga and meditation, listening to podcasts and creating healthy recipes from her garden in Holualoa, Hawaii.
Interesting facts: I took guitar lessons in Havana, Cuba last summer.. always trying to grow and expand out of my comfort zone! I grew up in Santiago, Dominican Republic from the ages of 11 to 18.