Originally hailing from Atlanta Georgia, Jewell Fortenberry received his Bachelors of
Classical Piano Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, studying
with teachers Peter Takacs and Francis Walker-Slocum, as well as studying jazz music
under pianist/organist Dan Wall.
Mr. Fortenberry has performed as a classical solo act
as well as a band leader in multiple locations around the world including being featured
in concert in Germany at Halmuhle zu Bissersheim and Wolfratshausen, as well as
performing as a guest on National Public Radio's “From The Top”. And “Makng The
Grade”. He was featured as a guest performer for the National Black Arts festival and
for the Atlanta Chapter of the National Recording Arts and sciences, performing
alongside such artists as Usher and Kenny Lattimore in honor of the late Ray Charles.
In 2004 the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany also presented him in
a solo piano concert. Mr. Fortenberry has served as the opening artist for acts ranging
from Grateful Dead rocker Bruce Hornsby to rap artists Talib Qweli and Little Brother.
Since his move to Beijing China in 2009, Mr. Fortenberry has continued to perform
internationally in places such as Shanghai, Guangzhou, as well as Hong Kong, Taiwan,
Russia and Thailand. He has served as Producer/Music Director on a number of
projects, most notably for Chinese recording artist Tia Ray and his own band “Tha
Knutz” that won the Red Bull up-and-coming band competition and has been featured
As a Producer/Keyboardist Jewell has been featured on Chinese rap artist Shuang Zi's
most recent studio album, as well as on a Buddhist Chant studio album entitled
“Planting a Seed” composed by Kemin Zhang. He was a featured Music Producer for
CCTV's “VOICE of China” and serves as a producer on Tia Ray's upcoming studio
album. He was a featured producer on American recording artist The Author's album
“The City That Reads” and American recoding artist Heretic's album “Long Time
Coming”. As an Emcee/Producer he has already released his first album entitled “The
Meanz to the Endz” through his Hip-hop group “The Triadz”, a short solo album entitled
“The Rich Dreamz EP” and will release a full studio Hip-hop album in 2014 called “One
Step Closer”. He was a featured performer for the “WOOHx3” music video sponsored
by the Red Bull & Face Color companies.
Since 2013, Jewell has served as a principal keyboardist for Hong Kong recording artist
Khalil Fong (Soulboy 方大同) and his “Lights Out” World Tour, Cheun Kun and his “The
Way” Concert Series, and artists/singing group “MIC”as well as Music Director for Tia
Ray's “The Project 300” Concert Series sponsored by the Gold Typhoon record label.
He now serves as Music Director and Lead Singer for his own contemporary music
group “J.Crew” featured in music festivals from Dong Hai to Hohhot, Inner Mongolia.
They have been featured performers on the JZ international music festivals since 2012.
He continues to be a featured artist for corporate sponsored events as well, and has
performed for the likes of Bentley, Porsche, Audi, Volvo, Marc Jacobs, Nike and Adidas
just to name a few.