JJ Grey is a Florida-based musician who has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million. He has been producing music for almost two decades. His sound mixes raw rural blues with tough Southern rock and it has a natural loose feel while maintaining its potent edge. His songs draw deeply on his legacy and share his perspective on the world around him.
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John Grey Higginbotham
|Net Worth||$1.5 Million|
|Place of Birth||1967 , Florida|
|Age||55 Years Old|
Early Life & Beginning
JJ Grey is an American soul-rock singer, songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist, and harmonica player, born in 1967 in Jacksonville, Florida. Mofro was initially founded back in the mid-nineties by John Higginbotham and Daryl Hance as two solo acts.
Eventually, they joined forces and developed the live sound that Mofro is now known for. Grey and Hance were introduced to the art of sketching by their boss at a job in Jacksonville, Florida. The two bonded over music and developed a friendship that lasts to this day.
Grey and Hobbs began working together in college as members of a pop-rock band, before becoming a funk group called Alma Zuma. After the deal with their London label fell through, they reformed Mofro in Jacksonville, Florida. They signed with Fog City Records in 2001.
JJ Grey explains how the name “Mofro” came to be. The word was originally a nickname that someone gave him and he decided to use it as the band name because it “sounded Southern.”
Not long after launching his career with the band JJ Grey & Mofro, JJ’s grandmother asked him if he was ashamed to use his own name in front of people. To make things even better, he had other old friends available for gigs before launching.
John Grey and his wife, Simonne, were having a good time on the tour with their ex-MOFRO member, Nathan Shepherd, when their car crashed. It happened suddenly and unexpectedly in the darkness. The impact threw Grey’s vehicle into oblivion.
In 2001, JJ Grey released their first recording, called Blackwater. It was followed up in 2004 with its album Lochloosa. Both albums have been issued by Alligator since then.
In 2007 the band released their first studio album, Country Ghetto. The album was followed by the 2008 release, Orange Blossoms. In 2010 they released their fifth studio album, Georgia Warhorse. In 2011 they captured the vitality of their live show in the form of a DVD and CD combination titled Brighter Days.
April 2013 brings the release of the band’s sixth studio album, This River. Named for a centering point for Grey’s childhood near Jacksonville, Florida, this album flows from freewheeling celebrations to dark inner journeys.
The title track is a singularly devastating vocal performance that ends with an honest look back at a life lost in “The Ballad of Larry Webb.” JJ and the band went back to Retrophonics Studio in St. Augustine, Florida to record their strongest material in years thanks to Dan Prothero at the helm as producer.
In addition to festivals, the band has also found success by playing at other events, including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Austin City Limits Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival (Australia), Montreal Jazz Festival, and Fuji Rock (Japan).
Over the course of his career, Grey has shared stages with some of the top talents in music history, including Lenny Kravitz, The Allman Brothers Band, Booker T. Jones, and Mavis Staples.
Jack was a member of the UK-based band The Story So Far back in 2011. That same year, he was also playing his first solo show in the U.S.A. The band has since returned to Europe multiple times, visiting countries like the UK, Germany, and The Netherlands.
His songs have appeared in films and TV including House, Flashpoint, Crash, Friday Night Lights, The Glades, and The Deadliest Catch, and with his film score for Bill Moyers’ The Good Soldier appearing on PBS in November 2009, JJ certainly made a name for himself.
JJ started his career as a songwriter in the early 2000s, when he began releasing singles on albums by rockers such as The White Stripes and Ozzy Osbourne. In 2010, JJ contributed piano, vocals, and even a song to Buckwheat Zydeco’s Grammy-winning Alligator Records album Lay Your Burden Down. He also appears on Shemekia Copeland’s Grammy-nominated 33 1/3.
JJ Grey & Mofro released Ol’ Glory on February 24, 2015, marking their first release with Provogue Records. The record’s tracks contain southern-inspired narratives with a unique blend of blues, rock, folk, funk, and gospel music.
JJ Grey has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million as of 2022.