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KAIROS (2015)

 
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Who Is Jae Jin?

 

This soulful storyteller began his musical journey in NYC at the beginning of 2015 and has recently garnered the attention of the music industry as an emerging force as a soulful singer/songwriter.

Similar to other "come-from-nowhere" stories, JAE JIN inadvertently and suddenly caught the attention of the world with a no-frills viral cover of a 1960s soul classic by Sam Cooke. What followed was the music industry's futile efforts to court via meetings with music labels, music executives, management firms, and even a handful of major network reality TV shows. Astutely recognizing the limitations and binding disadvantages seen in all the contracts pushed his way, he decided to hold onto his autonomy and creative control. 

After graduating from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University in both undergraduate and graduate studies, and working in healthcare management for numerous years, he found himself preparing to begin graduate studies in an MD/MBA program. Despite support from family and friends to continue down a well-defined career path, he boldly passed up the opportunity, favoring the passion he has for music, songwriting, and the creative arts, citing his source of courage as a two-time survivor. After 13 years in Baltimore, Jae gave up almost all of his possessions, packed his entire life into two suitcases, and relocated to New York City in 2015 to pursue his passions fully. With hundreds of songs in hand, he began working on his debut album with his own collective of trusted team members. Jae successfully crowdfunded and independently completed his debut, full-length album titled KAIROS releasing it to the world in late 2015. What followed was a stamp of approval and sign-off with an album distribution deal with Sony Music Global. 

Along with a successful album debut, his first year as a professional musician has garnered much traction and interest. Jae has played out almost 100 shows in the span of this past year and was recently invited to be a part of the respected COMMUNION RESIDENCY in NYC. He has also been featured in numerous press including THE HUFFINGTON POST and has also been featured as a a principal actor  as a musician on the original NetFlix tv show, HOUSE OF CARDS. Furthermore, his passions have been honed by his experiences as a 14-year oncology patient and TWO-TIME SURVIVOR

His newest endeavors are constantly pushing his own boundaries and expectations. Jae believes that he is only at less than 5% of where he believes he will eventually get as an artist, writer, and musician. He continues to work endlessly toward cultivating his crafts. In 2016, Jae will begin touring the world to continue to share his unique life story and music. 

 

 
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KAIROS Tour

FEB 12, 2016 | (San Francisco, CA)  [PRIVATE EVENT]

FEB 13, 2016 | (San Francisco, CA)  [PRIVATE EVENT]

FEB 15, 2016 | Sacramento State University (SACRAMENTO, CA) 3PM [The University Union, 1st FL]

Feb 17, 2016 LONDON (ENGLAND) [PRIVATE PERFORMANCE @ 18 Feet & Rising]

FEB 21 2016 | Because of Love Music Festival [Théâtre des Etoiles] | (PARIS, FRANCE)

FEB 26, 2016 | (ANAHEIM, CA) [PRIVATE EVENT]

FEB 27, 2016 | BIOLA UNIVERSITY | Sutherland Auditorium | 6PM (LA MIRADA, CA

MAR 5, 2016 | KUMC San Diego | 7PM (SAN DIEGO, CA) 

MAR 7-11, 2016 | Bay Area Shows TBD (CA)

MAR 12, 2016 | University of California-Berkeley (BERKELEY, CA)

MAR 15-20 | SXSW (AUSTIN, TX) [TO BE ANNOUNCED]

APRIL 21 | SOFARSOUNDS ATL (ATLANTA, GA)

MAY 10 | SMITH'S OLDE BAR (ATLANTA, GA)

MAY 22 | THE FORUM: SACRED CONVERSATIONS ABOUT LIFE | THE GRAND HISTORIC (BALTIMORE, MD)

JUNE/JULY | SHOWS TBD (PORTLAND, OR)

TBD 2016 | SEOUL (SOUTH KOREA)

FEB 8, 2016 - EDDIE'S ATTIC - Songwriter Open Mic (ATLANTA, GA)

FEB 4, 2016 - C'EST SI BON w/ Sam Ock & J. Han (DULUTH, GA)

JAN 18, 2016 - Eddie's Attic Singer/Songwriter Open Mic | Atlanta, GA

JAN 7, 2016 - Carriage House Concert | Baltimore, MD

Dec 10, 2015 - Jae Jin LIVE @ HORSESHOE BALTIMORE CASINO | Baltimore, MD

Nov 14, 2015 - Cafe Night @ Advent Hope | UPPER EAST SIDE (NYC)

Oct 24, 2015 - Private House Concert| SOHO (NYC)

Oct 22, 2015- Rockwood Music Hall | NYC

Oct 17, 2015- West Coast Debut Album Release Concert| Bay Area, CA

Oct 15, 2015- Private Company Concert | SOMA (San Francisco, CA)

Oct 9, 2015- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)

Oct 8, 2015- Duke University (Durham, NC)

Oct 2, 2015- Leftfield on Ludlow (NYC)

Oct 1, 2015- The Bitter End | Greenwich Village (NYC)

Sept 29, 2015- Advent Hope | Upper East Side (NYC)

Sept 26, 2015- DMV Album Release Show @ Epicure Cafe | Fairfax, VA

Sept 18, 2015-  SHOUT FROM THE ROOFTOP CONCERT SERIES | TECHSPACE (NYC)

Sept 10, 2015 - Desmond's Tavern | Park Avenue South (NYC)

Sept 9, 2015 - COMMUNION RESIDENCY NYC | Rockwood Music Hall (NYC)

August 2, 2015 - Private Rooftop Event | Capital Hill (Seattle, WA)

June - July 2015 - Portland, OR

June 25, 2015 - SOFAR SOUNDS - San Francisco  (Forest Knolls, San Francisco, CA) 

June 11, 2015  -  The Bitter End (Greenwich Village, NYC) 

June 1, 2015 -  Tokyo Tapas Cafe (West Village, NYC)

May 26, 2015 - Rockwood Music Hall (Lower East Side, NYC)

May 18, 2015 - Bedford Hall (Brooklyn, NY) 

May 15, 2015 - Lovecraft - Showcase (East Village, NYC)

May 11, 2015 - The Parkside Lounge (East Village, NYC)

April 30, 2015 - New York University (NYU)  (Kimmel Center, NYC) 

April 28, 2015 - Sidewalk Cafe (East Village, NYC)

April 21, 2015 - PIANOS (Lower East Side, NYC)

April 11, 2015 - SUNY ALBANY (Albany, NY)

April 9, 2015- Hudson River Coffee House (Albany, NY) 

April 7, 2015- 7PM - The Bitter End (Greenwich Village, NYC) 

April 1, 2015 - New York University (NYU)  (Kimmel Center, NYC) 

March 29, 2015- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)

March 18, 2015 - The Julia Morgan Theatre @ University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA) 

March 8, 2015 - LeStats West (San Diego, CA)

February 27, 2015-  SECRET HOUSE SHOW  (Downtown Los Angeles) 

February 27, 2015- University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

February 18, 2015-  Toshi's Living Room & Penthouse (Flatiron District, NYC) 

February 14, 2015-  Postcrypt Coffeehouse (NYC)

JOSEPH MEYERHOFF SYMPHONY HALL (BALTIMORE, MD)

SPECTRUM THEATER (ROSSLYN, VA)

JAMMIN JAVA (VIENNA, VA) 

THE WHITE HOUSE (WASHINGTON D.C)

EBENEZER'S COFFEEHOUSE (CAPITAL HILL, WASHINGTON, DC)

HIERARCHY ART GALLERY (ADAMS MORGAN, WASHINGTON, DC)

LOVIN' CUP (ROCHESTER, NEW YORK)

SPOT COFFEE CAFE (ROCHESTER, NEW YORK)

BOULDER CAFE + LOUNGE {PARK AVENUE} (ROCHESTER, NEW YORK)

TEAVOLVE CAFE  (BALTIMORE, MD)

-Former Members of THE TEMPTATIONS, THE DRIFTERS, & THE PLATTERS (MLK FESTIVAL | Washington, DC)
-EN VOGUE (BALTIMORE URBAN LEAGUE GALA | Baltimore, MD)

The White House (Lighting the Community Summit)- Special Performer

Jubilee Project Conference (LA) - Conference Speaker, Panel Breakout Session, & Headline performer for concert

Georgetown University - Speaker & Performer

Johns Hopkins University - Speaker & Performer

DUKE UNIVERSITY - SPEAKER

George Washington University - Speaker & Performer

Northwestern University (Chicago, IL)  - Speaker & Performer

New York University (NYU)  - KEYNOTE Speaker & Performer

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - PERFORMER 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - BERKELEY - PERFORMER

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA- CHAPEL HILL - SPEAKER & PERFORMER

Messiah College - Speaker & Performer

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY - SPEAKER & PERFORMER

American University - Speaker & Performer

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND- COLLEGE PARK -  PERFORMER

SUNY ALBANY - KEYNOTE SPEAKER & PERFORMER

Enrico Fermi School No. 17 (Rochester City School District) - Speaker & Performer

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MUSIC

by Jae Jin

Click on MERCH to Download DIGITAL album or order a physical album! 

Kairos is a Greek word meaning the opportune moment. In my life, precise timing has always played itself out beyond what I planned or desired. This album is the expression of my education through the divine present, the Kairos. Each song is a lesson learned at the right moment. The pursuit of my vocation in music was a supreme moment, an appointed time of obedience for a divine purpose. Simply put, I am both a creator as well as a Believer. The tracks are about relationships; the greatest gifts one can receive. Some tracks are about suffering through unrequited love, love lost, and even facing my own mortality but all are about the world beyond myself. These songs may not be centered on faith, but it is by grace that I am able to share this music and this part of myself with you. Thank you for taking the time to listen.

KAIROS (2015) LYRICS

Track 1 | WHEN IT FINDS YOU

VERSE
It seems I've spent my whole life trying to keep my head above
These waters that surround me that these people calling love
I never knew such happiness that movies would portray
I tossed aside these notions as inflictions deemed cliché

From time to time I'd take a chance, shoot the breeze, and dance the dance.
I'm not too sure what numbered more, the hearts I broke or the ones I stole.
Karma being that witch it was, left my heart a broken cause
Left me right back where I started, unsatisfied square one

PRECHORUS
It's when you've given up and you've had enough,
That’s when the walls come crashing down
When you've seen it all, oh you've seen it all
It steals your perfectly imperfect heart

CHORUS
You kick your boots to the ground
Like you're ready to die
You put your fists up in arms
Like you're ready to fight
But when it finds you sleeping
And it picks you apart
It steals your perfectly imperfect heart

BRIDGE
I / know / that everything / is gonna be alright

 

Track 2 | RUNNING

CHORUS 
Feel the sun
Rising from below
I keep running, I keep running
To a place where no one knows
(its a) Big sky
Bigger than we know
I keep running, I keep running
Like I've got nowhere to go  

VERSE 1
I drove in / the other day
From where I’d been / I couldn’t say
Though I’d been running since my last demise
Had nothing left and nothing more to hide

VERSE 2
I will try / to make you whole
I’ll half deny / my bleeding soul
This war inside my head is raging on
My flag will still be waving when I’m gone                                   

BRIDGE
This could be our first drive or our last try
Let's ride until the sunsets on our lives.

 

Track 3 | AIN’T ABOUT LOVE
 

VERSE 1
You might hide it with that smile on your face
But I see it in your eyes
I get this feeling that inside / There have been days
you couldn't smile / no matter how hard you tried
 

PRECHORUS
You paint over your emotions like a tragic work of art
Though I don't know what you've been thru, I can feel your beating heart

CHORUS
This ain't about love
This ain't about love
It's the most beautiful smiles on the most broken of people inside

VERSE 2
Well I know you get addicted to the things  / That take away the pain
But I'll sit right there with you / Till the scars just fade into / My heart

 

Track 4 | DON’T FALL TOO LATE

VERSE 1
Warmth is the light
Of all that I crave inside
There's coldness in the dark of night
As I search for the slightest sign

I don't believe
In a heart that has never grieved
And every time I fall
I’m reminded of my reprieve

PRECHORUS
Like sands through the hourglass
We're just passing through so fast

CHORUS
Don't fall too late
Lay down our walls  
Let ourselves fall
 

VERSE 2
If ever you get lost
I'd leave 99 to find you
But tell me at what cost
Do we fight our way through

BRIDGE
Sometimes fools are wise
When we fall, we rise

 

Track 5 | MOONS & STARS

VERSE 1
The light that you shine
Into irises of wine
Still my heart seems to stumble inside.
 

The sound of your feet
Tap the rhythm down beneath
As prelude to escape that we seek. 

 The games that we play
Are like war on a rainy day
We're all just prodigals led astray

CHORUS
I'm losing myself As I try to hold on
To what I believe Inside
Darkness is strong But I still see the light
So i'll stumble ahead and move on.

VERSE 2
Getting tired of this life
Just trying to survive
Shadows fall on moons
sleep-deprived

Cold nights turn to days
Sunlight lifts my gaze
Up high at the stars
on display
 

BRIDGE
We all have scars / Just like the moons & stars

 

Track 6 | WALK ME DOWN

VERSE 1
Seems I've been clinging / to my own uncertainty
So tired of thinking / about what we could be
It's almost midnight / when do I go home?
When will we both know / that this time is all we have


CHORUS   
Walk me down to the city
To a place where we can roam
Where our hearts can be unbroken
Then you can take me back home

VERSE 2
Time is a language / that we both know but don't really speak
One day you'll remember me  / and the people that we used to be
But just for the moment / won't you walk with me hand in hand
I promise I'll love you / just as best as I can
 

BRIDGE
All of my fears and all of the pain
Couldn't separate me from your love

 

Track 7 | ALL CAUGHT UP

VERSE 1
At times I feel like Otis / on that dock on high
Dreams fading, time a wasting / watching tides roll by
And at times I feel like Cooke / staying on the run
After stirring up some souls / trusting change gon' come.  

PRECHORUS
Then I stop and I think to myself
That life ain't all it seems

CHORUS
We're all caught up, chasing money and things
But it ain’t either, probably neither of / that happiness brings.
At any moment in time, our lives could crumble away
It's our loved ones, that we'll call on / on that very day

VERSE 2
And at times I feel like Jonah / being swallowed up whole
After running from the moments / when I lose control
And at times I feel like David / herding sheep for days
Facing giants / in reliance of a thing called grace

 

Track 8 | WILD CREATURES


VERSE 1
It's been some time since I last spoke to you
I think that you must be fading away
Even in darkness I cannot hide
These emotions I feel to this day

I haven't really quite figured out how to move on
From the moments and the habits we made
Waves of nostalgia pass me by as I
Just try to make it through another day

CHORUS
Our hearts are wild, wild creatures
Our ribs are cages of pain
But should we then set our hearts free
So that we can love again
 

VERSE 2
They say that you don’t realize the value
Of a moment till it becomes a memory
I play these moments again and again
Till my heart just breaks in endless reverie

I'll love again It's true
Cuz I'm letting go of you
Cuz its a great big world full of people  
It's just that there's only one you


BRIDGE
Some take the leap
Some never try

But we all fall down.

Some hearts we keep
Some say goodbye

But we all fall down.

Will our love go deeper? Will our love grow wider?

 

Track 9 | CHEMO SONG

VERSE 1
This cosmic chaos Underneath
Clouds hang down beneath
my heavens.
 

My tears fall
Like menthol
Tracing coolly down my face.

Alone, I'm left in disrepair
Take my soul I’ll lay it bare
Before you. 
 

PRECHORUS
But I come alive / as I let go
Our scars collide  / as only you could show.
 

CHORUS
Through this violent peace, I'll soar / With you / Have broken my heart / to save me

VERSE 2

A scent of bleach that rises up from
Crisp white linens meant to hug
My bones.

A somber silence cuts so deep
Beside machines that never sleep
To dream.

Can't decide to sweat or shiver
My body's weak from what’s delivered
Inside.

 

Track 10 | AMEN

VERSE 1
Will you free these hands of mine
Before these bones return to dust
And still the hands of time
To whisper secret words of love

CHORUS
Our beginning and our end
Amen. 
Our beginning and our end
Amen. 

VERSE 2
When blinding darkness grows
Hiding morning in the night
We'll hold these secrets close
And lessons we have learned in light

VERSE 3
Every man will live and die
And chase the wind under the sun
Every thirst unsatisfied
To find you were the only one.