J Ivy: The Poet Who Sat By The Door w/ Tarrey Torae
City Winery Philadelphia presents J. Ivy: The Poet Who Sat By The Door – The Grammy Celebration Tour w/ Tarrey Torae live on Wednesday April 5th at 7:30 PM.
Truly, when it comes to the art of Hip-Hop Poetry, J. Ivy is the 1st of his kind. He is a pioneer, a trendsetter, one who has knocked down impossible doors, taking the Art of Poetry directly to today’s mainstream music & television arenas. His motivational motto, “Dreams Don’t Come True, They Are True,” has guided him from his native home Chicago to being featured on a 3x GRAMMY Award Winning Album, as well as becoming a Peabody, Clio, and NAACP Image Award Winning Poet and Artist. J. Ivy is currently nominated for his latest album, THE POET WHO SAT BY THE DOOR for the Best Spoken Word Poetry Album category and for the Tennessee State Marching Band’s The Urban Hymnal, which is nominated in the Best Gospel Roots category. From his breath taking performances for people of all ages to his appearances on countless television networks, J. Ivy’s passionate delivery always leaves spectators transfixed in a state of inspiration, and because of that he is recognized World Wide.
J first discovered his affinity for the written art during a routine high school assignment. After hearing the talent in J’s writing, as well as in his voice, his English teacher, Ms. Paula Argue, demanded he share his gift on stage. Reluctant, but never afraid, J performed for his peers and to his surprise he received a standing ovation. Since that life changing moment, J has never stopped creating. He headed to Illinois State University, where he soon became known on campus as “The Poet,” which later led him to performing throughout Chicago.