Detroit-born Christian Berishaj, aka JMSN, has a Bon Iver-esque look and the general vibe of a freak-folk beardo, but his effortless R&B flow has made him an unlikely go-to guy for rappers in need of hooks, including J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, who tapped him for four songs on good kid, M.A.A.D. city.
When he’s not working for other artists, JMSN makes his own records, which tend to veer a little more eccentric than most studio singers. He recently dropped his second solo album, a fittingly self-titled release available now on his own White Room Records label. It’s latest single “Foolin'” mixes modern-day R&B melodies with super-smooth yacht rock production, and a video that reproduces the soft-focus look of late-’70s televised music showcases with impressive accuracy.
Feb. 18 Montreal, QC – APT 200
Feb. 19 Toronto, ON – THE DRAKE
Feb. 20 East Lansing, MI – MSU BALLROOM
Feb. 21 Madison, WI – DER RATHSKELLER
Feb. 22 Chicago, IL – SUBTERRANEAN
Feb. 24 Minneapolis, MN – TRIPLE ROCK SOCIAL CLUB
Feb. 27 Vancouver, BC – ELECTRIC OWL
Feb. 28 Seattle, WA – BARBOZA
March 1 Portland, OR – HOLOCENE
March 2 San Francisco, CA – THE INDEPENDENT
March 4 Pomona, CA – FLYWAY
March 5 San Diego, CA – CASBAH
March 6 Los Angeles, CA – NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM