Andrea and James Rohlehr, (pronounced Rolair), the husband and wife songwriter performing duo out of New York – collectively known by their first initials as äj, (pronounced Ahhsh) – have dedicated their musical lives to expanding the love they’ve shared in their personal relationship into a collective universal and spiritual mindset.
The soulful duo of äj are talented singers, songwriters, musicians, producers and educators. They blend their talents in a flawless arrangement of thoroughly fresh and unique weaving of threads that allows you to enjoy great music again.
Derrick L. James:
Derrick L. James is a multi-faceted artist whose unrelenting, demand for excellence has caused him to be viewed as one of the most talented musicians in the New York area. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethune-Cookman College and his Master’s Degree in Music Education with a concentration in Voice Performance and Choral Conducting from the University of Central Florida. Derrick’s long-awaited solo recording, entitled “When Tomorrow Never Comes," was released to rave reviews. This unprecedented CD recording features many original compositions written by Minister James and other talented composers.
At age eleven, Jaela Cheeks-Lomax is an aspiring young singer and actress. Born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York, she has showcased her vocal talents in performances at the Stamford Center of the Arts, at the Rich Forum, Grant’s Tomb during Harlem Week 2003, with the Duke Ellington Show Choir, The Westchester Plaza for My Sisters’ Place Domestic Violence Walk, The Art House Café, Bronx Community College, the Audoban Ballroom in New York City and the Playhouse on the Green Theatre in Bridgeport, CT.
Guy received his theatrical training at Shaw University in North Carolina . He studied with Fred Kareman, Tracy Moore Marable, and at HB Acting Studios in New York . Theatrical Productions include Juggie Bones, A Soldiers Play, and On Strivers Row. TV Credits are Law & Order, All My Children, As the World Turns and Saturday Nite Live, and the film 25th Hour with Spike Lee. He appears in commercials for Johnson & Johnson, Pur Water Filters, Qwest Long Distence, and Tylenol. Guy has recorded with Rupp Hall, Whitney Houston, and Al Jarreau. Thanks to the lord for all I’ve been given.