Grammy-nominated producer TJ, also known as Thomas Nokes, JR., was born in Manassas, VA. Blessed with the gift of music, TJ started playing the drums in church at the age of 2. He comes from a very talented and musical family. His dad plays multiple instruments and conducted the church choir, along side his mother and sister- who are both very soulful singers.

TJ’s natural ability to catch on syncopated beats, mixed with his hunger to find melodic phrases, even at an early age, drove him to learn how to play multiple instruments including the piano, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, various percussive instruments and even the trumpet.

Coming of age, TJ began producing for various local and national groups, acts, and soloists. He perfected his craft by thoroughly producing all genres of music from Hip Hop, R&B, Gospel, Pop, Techno, Garage, Disco and Reggae all the way to Alternative Rock. As he gained notoriety and fame, this musical genius was given the opportunity to work for such luminaries as John P. Kee, Gospel singer Hezekiah Walker and the Georgia Mass Choir. He also rendered his musical skills as a saxophonist side-by-side with renowned saxophonist Kirk Whalum. 

In 2004, while providing his services as an “in-house” producer for the R&B group Dae’1 he met Carlin N’watts of the November Entertainment Group/118 Management. After the group disbanded, TJ was highly sought after by various production companies, studios, and producers. At this time, November 8 Recordings realized the opportunity to sign TJ and his production company- J-Scorpio Productions to an “in-house’ production deal.

TJ has been compared to some great musical geniuses like Prince, the legend Jimi Hendrix, and the great Santana. Through his work, he’s been labeled the “Black Santana”. TJ is also a very prolific songwriter, with an ear for creating tailored musical landscapes designed to fit artists or specific styles. He says of his work “I will continue to search for the feeling that surpasses even the most intimate of feelings that music brings to the human experience.”


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