$15-$18    |  Nov 18, 2019  |  7:00PM - 9:00PM

Dreams close the distance between cultures and countries.
A dream brought Juke Ross approximately 2,537 miles from his home of Guyana in South America to the New York Borough of Brooklyn. One of 14 siblings, the self-described “med school dropout,” singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist touched down stateside in 2017 after his independent single “Colour Me” caught fire on Spotify. Acoustic guitar in hand, his effortless take on pop soul organically emanated Caribbean flavor and quietly attracted upwards of 80 million cumulative streams within two years. Written in his birthplace, the Grey EP detailed the initial phase as he went from a tiny country to one of the biggest cities in the world.
However, his 2019 full-length debut for Palm Tree Records and RCA Records shines a light on not only where he is now, but where he’s ultimately headed.
“I’m writing what I’m going through at the moment,” he affirms. “I put the past aside and started a whole story of where I am and how life is unfolding. That’s this new chapter of music. I left home, came to the states, figured it out, and learned the culture. I went from seeing this world on television to assimilating into it. It was a pretty intense experience to accomplish. I had a lot of fun doing so though.”
By 2018, he enjoyed a series of firsts in North America. He sold out “cool venues like Arlene’s” and tried his hand at composing in the states, delivering the one-offs “Hey Lil’ Mama” and “Fresh Roses.” The latter racked up 17.5 million Spotify streams in under six months. At the end of the year, he landed a deal with Palm Tree Records as Kygo’s second signing to the label. He dove back into writing.
For the first time, Juke invited collaborators into the creative process. After penning all of his own tunes prior, he welcomed the opportunity to co-write and co-produce, fueling sonic expansion as a result.