Amazon best-selling Canadian solo artist Jef Kearns is transforming the flute from a background instrument to a serious soul voice in R&B and hip-hop. His goal, even from an early age, was to create a distinct and instantly identifiable flute sound with enough presence to command attention—just like an R&B singer’s voice.
Jef’s cover of Warren G‘s “Regulate” was featured in XXL Magazine’s “20 Covers of Hip-Hop Songs Using Instruments.” And his cover of Kanye West‘s “Slow Jamz” in Mashable’s “14 Bizzarly Awesome Rap Cover Videos.”
Over his two decades as a professional musician, Jef has built what would be considered an impressive online following for any independent artist. His YouTube channel is fast approaching 1.3 million views. For a solo flute player it’s unprecedented. Kearns’ professionally produced discography includes two full albums, Soulfisticated, and On the Level, an EP called The Flute, and eight stand-alone singles.
His follow up album, “Jazzy AF” (Jazzy As Flute) is a modern pop instrumental album layered with jazzy melodic phrasings. It is slated for release early summer 2020.
“He has a really lyrical way of playing that instrument, not quite like anyone else.”
James Tormé, LA jazz singer (son of Mel Tormé)
“His fresh, funky take on an instrument that isn’t always either of those things has made us a fan. He’s single-handedly turned the flute into a legitimate soulful instrument, and has deservedly gotten big-time attention in the process.”
“An authentic, fresh sound that brings modern R&B back to its roots.”
Soul in Stereo
“The Flute (EP) is a sonic revelation. A manifest creative breadth of an instrument, which is rare in this field of music.”
Smooth Style Magazine