BJ Griffin, born in Detroit Michigan just a few houses down from Hitsville U.S.A (the home of Motown), is a singing cellist with a ton of music to give to the world.......
BJ grew up in Virginia Beach, VA where he was a member of the Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra and other community programs. While in these groups, he performed in various places nationally as well as internationally including China and Greece. He went on to study at James Madison University as a music education, cello performance, and music industry major. In addition to his cello studies, he began his singing career at JMU as a soloist with the all male a capella group Exit 245 where he performed up and down the east coast.
After James Madison University BJ moved to New York City gigging as a free-lance cellist. BJ also became a faculty member at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. There, where he taught lessons, coached sectionals, and performed in faculty recitals. While at Interlochen he explored singing and playing cello at the same time and debuted a composition as a singing cellist at a faculty composers recital in 2011.
Since then, BJ has pioneered different ways to express the art of singing and playing the cello at the same time. He spends his time performing as a solo artist and assembling diverse ensembles to carry out his vision of mixing classical, jazz, and pop music in hopes of breaking the barriers between the genres. In addition to the genre-bending musical projects, Bj also is a singer/songwriter. He has been a finalist in the Sea Level Singer-Songwriter competition and he has performed his music for several tv and internet specials.
BJ formed a band in 2013 called BJ Griffin and the Galaxy Groove. The band appeared as the supporting act for artists like Ms. Lauryn Hill, Smash Mouth, Sir Sly, Lionel Richie most recently the opening act for Erykah Badu. Along with supporting act spots, BJ has performed at the Voll Damm International Jazz festival in Barcelona.
Currently BJ is on this season of America’s Got Talent and wowed the world with his rendition of “Let’s Stay Together”. BJ is in the studio now anticipating his first full studio release early next year.
In addition to his active performance schedule, BJ owns a talent development company and production company called Big Juicy Entertainment where he provides opportunities for other artists, and fosters growth in the arts community. Throughout every challenge thrown his way, BJ refuses to disconnect from music, and finds creative and inspiring ways to give back.