The 31 year old MC/songwriter known as J.Nolan was born in New Haven, CT and raised in the southside of Atlanta. He began taking his craft seriously at the age of 13 and has since undertaken the journey of pursuing music relentlessly. His songs are honest portrayals of life experiences, placing his dreams, pain, and struggles on display; from formerly living in a trailer park and constantly moving from place to place, to using his last dollars to invest and seize new opportunities for his future. As a songwriter, he’s also had songs licensed by major productions such as the movie 11:55, BET News, UFC’s Road to the Octagon, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Black Ink Crew, MTV: True Life, DJ Jazzy Jeff’s travel show Vinyl Destination, Step Up: High Water, and You Me Her (DirecTV Exclusive on Audience Network). His proficiency as a writer and artist have gained him additional recognition from industry figures such as 9th Wonder, Don Cannon, and most recently Loaded Lux via his new show Top Shelf Freestyle presented by Hot 97.
On May 18th 2018, J.Nolan released his latest solo LP entitled “Rise of ATLantis” which is an album themed around his upbringing since settling in Atlanta at the age of 8 years old. The record touches on his formative years in school, introduction to violence and drug use in the community, the growth process of becoming a seasoned artist, his faith in God, and most prevalently – reclaiming the city of Atlanta as a place where musicality and lyricism can be found as a harmonious tandem rather than compromising one or the other for a specific crowd. The album features guest appearances by JGivens, Justhoughtz, Shy’An G, Ke Turner, and Greg Lo with production by former Funk Volume (Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton) in-house producer Kato, hitmaker Go Grizzly, and Tone Jonez.
Outside of the studio, Nolan plans to contribute to Hip-Hop culture as a whole. In 2013, he co-founded a creative alliance and platform called Fresh & Local to educate young artists and help other creative people capitalize on their skills. Fresh & Local hosts periodic showcases in the city of Atlanta and also have a yearly community festival called Fresh & Local Fest. The event is family friendly and open to the general public with a full lineup of artists, DJ’s, and live producers.