Jeffji is a music minister who performs regularly at the Spiritual Enrichment Center in Dothan, Alabama, which is a combined Unity Church and Center for Spiritual Living (Science of Mind) congregation. He also performs frequently at Unity Eastside Church in Tallahassee, Florida, where he was a founding member of the church's band, "The 13th Power." He has developed an extensive "posi" music repertoire that is appropriate for any New Thought church or positive-minded spiritual group, and is in demand as a solo artist as well as a talented accompanist in band settings. He performed three times during Namasté Cafe open-mic segments of the 14th Annual Posi Music Festival in Tampa, FL. He accompanied Darryl Steele on his awesome "Mind Thing" song that brought the house down!
Jeffji has been actively involved in kirtan since the early 2000s. He has appeared with well known kirtan artists such as The Hanumen, Krishna & Gershone, Arundhati Devi, and World Mantra, and studied briefly with Jai Uttal.
As a kirtan leader since 2007, Jeffji has hosted kirtans at Unity Eastside Church and at Lakulish Yoga Tallahassee. He also joined Gretchen Hein for events at Namaste Yoga and led kirtan at ISKCON of Tallahassee. On the road in Florida, Jeffji has hosted kirtan events at the Center for Spiritual Living in Cape Coral, Unity of Pensacola, Unity of Tallahassee, and One Heart Earth Center in Monticello, performed at the 2014 Mahabhuta Yoga Festival in Pensacola, and participated in kirtans in Fort Walton Beach and Lehigh Acres.
Previously, as a member of the chanting group Om Sweet Om, he participated in regular kirtans in Tallahassee and in special events at Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, FL, the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, FL, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee.
Jeffji believes that kirtan is a powerful spiritual practice that can benefit everyone. Jeffji includes Sanskrit chants in his events to reflect the origins and potency of kirtan. However, but he also includes English chants because many people are more comfortable singing in a language they understand.
"I'm not asking that you convert to Hinduism or anything else," says Jeffji. "In fact, you could probably sing 'Mary Had A Little Lamb' for two hours and get some benefit from it. But these mantras have been chanted for centuries and have a power and holiness to them. Once you experience it, it's undeniable."
Jeffji prefers to keep the chants simple, usually in a call-and-response format, so that it is easy for newcomers to join in. A few minutes of silent meditation follow each chant to deepen the experience.
Jeffji plays a Taylor acoustic guitar, Mitchell 12-string guitar, Epiphone and Ibanez electric guitars, Meinl tambourine, and Dean six-string banjo if provoked!
Photo by Angel Eason