“Listening to Jory and Aaron is like having your soul washed and left sparkling in the sunshine. Brilliant musicians, superb singers and creative songwriters… if you don’t hear them in person, you’ll have a hard time believing that much great music can come out of two guys.”- Cindy McLeod, Director of the Calgary International Bluesfest
Jory Kinjo & Aaron Young have been performing, writing, producing music and touring the world for the better part of 3 decades. While the duo itself is new, these seasoned musicians come together with heartfelt songs, virtuosic musicianship, and an unrelenting passion for what they do.
Born and raised in Calgary, Kinjo joined soul band Mocking Shadows at age 20 and warmed the stage for 3 tours with the legendary B.B. King as well as Buddy Guy and ZZ Top. He later found a love for ska & reggae music and billed with giants of the genre such as Ziggy Marley, the Wailers, UB40, the English Beat and Fishbone.
Aaron Young is known for his brilliant guitar skills, prolific song writing and as one of the most respected music producers in Canada. Young started playing guitar at age 9 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He went on to become musical director for the world-beat stage show Barrage for 5 years, touring Asia, Scandinavia, the UK, Canada, and the US.
Young has produced and performed with The Polyjesters, John Wort Hannam, Susan Aglukark, Amy Bishop, Blake Reid Band and Ghostboy. Young’s production and music has been on PBS, CBC, MTV, Bravo and the BBC.
With vocal harmonies, groove and improvisation being paramount in their set, the duo showcases a variety of roots music in their show. Kinjo & Young capture true soul and sincerity in their songs and performance.
Photos: Leya Russell