Meet BJ Griffin
BJ Griffin, born in Detroit Michigan just a few houses down from Hitsville U.S.A (the home of Motown), is a singing cellist with a ton of music to give to the world…….
BJ grew up in Virginia Beach, VA where he was a member of the Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra and other community programs. While in these groups, he performed in various places nationally as well as internationally including China and Greece. He went on to study at James Madison University as a music education, cello performance, and music industry major. In addition to his cello studies, he began his singing career at JMU as a soloist with the all-male acapella group Exit 245 where he performed up and down the east coast.
After James Madison University BJ moved to New York City gigging as a free-lance cellist. BJ also became a faculty member at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. There, where he taught lessons, coached sectionals, and performed in faculty recitals. While at Interlochen he explored singing and playing cello at the same time and debuted a composition as a singing cellist at a faculty composer’s recital in 2011.
Since then, BJ has pioneered different ways to express the art of singing and playing the cello at the same time. He spends his time performing as a solo artist and assembling diverse ensembles to carry out his vision of mixing classical, jazz, and pop music in hopes of breaking the barriers between the genres. In addition to the genre-bending musical projects, BJ also is a singer/songwriter. He has been a finalist in the Sea Level Singer-Songwriter competition and he has performed his music for several tv and internet specials.
BJ formed a band in 2013 called BJ Griffin and the Galaxy Groove. He also teamed up with longtime friend and pianist Jason Brown creating the BJ Griffin Duo. With his band and duo, BJ has a full performance schedule. The band appeared as the supporting act for artists like Ms. Lauryn Hill, Smash Mouth, and the duo recently opened up was most recently the opening act for Lionel Richie.
BJ has been featured in Virginian Pilot, Coastal Virginia Magazine and other media outlets including several local television stations. In addition to his active performance schedule, BJ is the owner and founder of the music school Galaxy Music in Virginia Beach, VA.
As a performer, BJ lives to expand the boundaries of musicians of all genres to a broader audience and conjure even more possibilities to spread the joy of learning and performing music.