XOXOK, JAII – Tickets – The Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC – October 19th, 2019




All Ages
The Evening Muse Presents


Keenan Jenkins’ musical career began during his Ph.D. studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he played open mics and local showcases between long days on the third floor of the psychology building. By the time he’d finished his degree, drained and discontent, his musical moonlighting had meanwhile bloomed in full color. He took the cue and dove headfirst into the rich music scene in Carrboro, NC.

Jenkins now performs as XOXOK, crafting atmospheric soul music that is conceived on the fretboard, cultivated at the microphone, and cradled in headphones. The guitar and vocal influences are far-flung, but cohesive—see Jeff Buckley, Moses Sumney, and Anna Calvi, among others. His live performance is a model of intimacy and presence; armed with “sweet, ringing vocals” (Queen City Nerve), XOXOK delivers impassioned songs with unabashed conviction.

XOXOK’s debut EP Worthy is both a lush soundscape and an exercise in growth. On the opening track, “Nancy, M.D.”, he declares, “I need you / more than your patients will ever need you as their medic”. However, by the final song (the title track, “Worthy”), he has changed his tune: “I don’t need you to love me / I just want to be worthy”.



Born and raised in Eden, North Carolina, Jay, musically known as JAII, spent his childhood surrounded by the rhythms and music of traditional gospel music before he moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to broaden both his range and musical knowledge into the realms of classical and contemporary music. Now drawing from the robustness of Gregory Porter, the melodic smoothness of Toni Braxton, and the character and passion of Luther Vandross, Jay uses his influences to create and cultivate a unique and qualifying sound that captures all audiences. Other notable influences include Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, and Somi.

Self-deemed as an artist of youthful yet refined music, Jay uses his past experiences and trainings, current inspirations, and creative personality to inspire both the students that he teaches and supporters that follow his music. It is his goal to one day use his voice to arouse the same joy in others that is roused in him when he listens to music. He hopes to encourage others to follow their dreams as he is doing, foster relatability through his lyrics, and simply make people feel good. Jay hopes to accomplish this and more in his 2019 debut EP.

Venue Information:
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson Street
Charlotte, NC, 28205