“J4 is one of the most talented young artists I have ever known. His vocal, songwriting and production skills are stellar.”
-Jan Buckingham, No. 1 Hit Songwriter, Duck House
Buffalo, born, Nashville based artist, songwriter, and producer Joseph Wandass, IV (better known as J4™) has always had a passion for music. Growing up a classical prodigy, he performed his first concert at 10 years old with his father at the Boston Town Fire Company. He discovered his love of music while singing in church as a child, before moving to Nashville, Tennessee for high school. In between classes in 2014, at only age 15, he began performing daily at Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge and started co-writing with established songwriters like Jan Buckingham (Lee Greenwood, Whitney Houston, Tim McGraw, Pam Tillis), John Goodwin (Michael McDonald, Brad Paisley, Steely Dan), James Breedwell (Joey Evancho, Kechi, Jeffrey Li, Barry Darcy), Kirsti Manna (Blake Shelton), among many others.
“Music has always been a way in which I can express myself,” J4 explains. “I love telling stories we can all relate to so, for just a moment, we can all feel more connected and experience those stories together.”
J4 has already built quite the musical resume in his young career. In 2015, he opened for headlining artists Josh Turner, Gordon Mote and Lee Greenwood at the Franklin Theatre in Nashville, TN. In 2017, he lead worship with CCM stars Michael W. Smith and Leeland as a member of the New River Fellowship Church of Franklin. That same year, J4 sang background vocals for the alternative pop band Cage the Elephant at the Ryman Auditorium.
J4 made his debut radio performance in 2018 at WSM Radio at the legendary Midnight Jamboree on a tribute for country music legend George Strait's drummer and held the number one spot on the Nashville Reverbnation Songwriter and Pop charts in both 2018 and 2019. In addition, he received his first major label song cut on pop artist Kechi’s (America’s Got Talent) debut album, which was released on SONY Orchard in 2022. He also had the opportunity in July of 2020 to make his tour debut with The Extreme Tour, a Christian music outreach tour, performing with breakout country/Christian artist Taylor Zebracki.
In 2021, due to the pandemic, J4 switched his focus back to music production full time, producing such clients as Cory Singer, Christopher Delisle, Sean Caramore, Gabbrielle Metz, and many others. The same year, J4 produced the 2021 Miss Tennessee, Tally Bevis, who utilized J4's stellar productions to advance to Miss America. In addition, he also produced Grace Deitz and her original song about suicide awareness, helping Dietz claim USAO Miss Minnesota. In late 2021, J4 had the opportunity to judge for the current reigning Miss Nashville.
Beginning in 2022, J4 began a campaign to write "365 songs in 365 days," a Tiktok series that has garnered over 500,000 views on the app alone. Following up this sheer success, J4 released a duet with his fiancée and fellow musical artist Elena Gentleman in July of 2022. He plans to release his largest song yet, "Buffalo," on September 9th, in honor of those killed in his hometown due to mass shooting.
Professionally, J4 has had many opportunities to expand his production and songwriting capabilities. As an intern at Brett Manning Studios in 2017, J4 worked in vocal production sessions with internationally renowned vocal coach Brett Manning (Haley Williams, Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs). J4 also secured an internship at Nashville Cool Music Publishing where he worked as a track writer and producer pitching to Top 40 country artists.
As an independent songwriter, J4 has written a catalogue of over 500 songs and works as a freelance music producer and songwriter for many emerging Nashville artists. J4 also currently works as a track writer, producer and songwriter for multiple labels and publishing companies in Nashville, including Heart Songs Music Group, Get Buzzed Publishing, Nashville Cool Music Publishing, Discover Sooner, and many others.
J4 is currently attending Belmont University School of Music where he is completing his Masters in Commercial Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. His thesis is entitled "Co-Writing Nashville Style," and you can find his thesis published in January of 2023.
J4 is an incredible producer, songwriter, and singer. If your project needs a professional touch, you can 100% trust him to bring it to the next level.
I can see the future when J4 sings...and it’s magic!
J4 is one of the most personable professionals you will find in today's music industry...J4 is definitely a music industry contact you need to have.
J4 is one of the most talented young artists I have ever known. His vocal, songwriting and production skills are stellar.