J’ai spent her developing years in Kansas Town influenced with the city’s wealthy traditions of swinging jazz and blues. From the family members whose uncle, Vernon Gower used Billie Vacation and her dad who played electric guitar supporting national serves that swept through city, it was organic on her behalf to open musically from traditional to nation. By five, she was composing music and by eight, she sneaked into night clubs to view her dad perform. In 1988 she transferred to LA to focus on a performing and songwriting profession. Among those whom she discovered from was pianist/arranger Phil Moore, guitarist Phil Upchurch, and Teddy Edwards. The washboard being a musical instrument is generally relegated towards the zydeco and Cajun musical hands, but also for J’ai, she helps it be a “jazzboard.” In 1997, she released The Artwork of Blue reflecting her previous hometown’s dual musicalities. Quickly, her record was praised by the neighborhood press, and its own promotion garnered her to afterwards that season to tour in Asia for just two a few months, where she’s been well received.