JUBILEE

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ABOUT JUBILEE

Band Biography

Curtis Romjue

Grace Romjue

Emily Ann Peterson

Jonny Akamu

Steven Wilbur

|| Seattle band JUBILEE -- comprised of singer/songwriter Curtis Romjue, the polished slide & electric guitar player Jonathan Haglund, keyboardist and tamborine expert Grace Romjue, cellist EmilyAnn Peterson, and drummer/poet/wordsmith Steven Wilbur -- spent the last 5 years strategizing for the future's revolution in music.
Their approach to music has been completely re-thought, re-designed, re-fueled, and re-newed by this one cause: Advocacy.  In fact, they are a federally recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  JUBILEE's approach to their music is bolstered in part by their motivation to fight modern slavery via their music and the stage.

Curtis Romjue says, "Nothing I've learned about the world disturbs me more than slavery and the forced prostitution of young children.  This needs to frickin' stop.  It's powerful to point out these gross realities, because though they are extreme, they repulsively illustrate the logical and inevitable outworkings of an ill-tended human heart."

Steven Wilbur, whose poetry captivates the audience and is featured at most JUBILEE shows, says, "At the root of it all, there are tens of millions of women and children who are born into the merciless service of the result, someone’s overfed desire. Devoured is their dignity, their voice, and the recognition that they are full of worth and beauty. If the industry will continue dress itself with sheep’s wool, I will beat these drums so at least some see the wolf."

When asked why she has devoted her musical contribution to such a talented group of musicians in this way, Emily says, "“The darkest days of my life were those when I had no voice. Music is what gave me hope for finding my own voice while I was in the middle of my own darkness. I can't think of a better reason to play music, now that my days are brighter, than to give someone a voice who has none.  My contribution to JUBILEE is fueled by the knowledge that their voices are being heard because my own voice is heard.”

And that's just how they feel about their nonprofit.  You can imagine the amount of brilliant creativity and careful selection goes into the editing and crafting of their music. The tunes they produce highlight the vocal stylings and fine blending of Curtis, Grace, & EmilyAnn.  With roots in Brazilian Jazz, Nirvana, Flamenco, MoTown, and Classical music, JUBILEE's now added the ever popular "indie rock genre" into the mix.  Listeners are sure to have their aural tastebuds tickled.

Curtis
|| Born on Waikiki beach, Curtis grew up in the Hawaiian & San Juan islands as well as Bellingham, WA.  He moved to Seattle in 2000 and studied Latin American Studies at Seattle Pacific University, traveling in Europe and Central America through study abroad programs.  In response to all he’d seen during his visits to places like Nicaragua, Guatemala and Cuba, he started JUBILEE in 2004.  Curtis sings lead vocals and plays rhythm guitar.

Why Curtis fights slavery with music || He says, “Music, sweet music.  It's one of the best ways for me to ruminate on life, and magnify the honest and nourishing bits.  Since music has improved my days, I hope my music can add value to the lives of others - through sharing ideas and human expression, but also by using the microphone to broadcast things that need attention and change.  Nothing I've learned about the world disturbs me more than slavery and the forced prostitution of young children.  This needs to frickin' stop.  It's powerful to point out these gross realities, because though they are extreme, they repulsively illustrate the logical and inevitable outworkings of an ill-tended human heart.  What am I planting and nourishing in my own heart?”
Grace
|| Growing up in small-town Texas, Grace was immersed in music from the day she was born and still thinks singing in harmony with loved ones is one of the purest, greatest pleasures life has to offer. Grace enjoys her simple, full life with her husband Curtis and their sweet daughter, Harper Sparrow. A full house, a growing garden, and the honeyed tones of Curtis' guitar keep her heart brimming.

Why Grace fights slavery with music || She says, "If I'm honest, when I hear about a cause to alleviate some type of suffering in the world, I usually try to ignore it. But entering into the suffering of others is the only way to love truly and experience life fully. Engaging with the world's hurt while pouring myself into work that inspires and challenges me creatively is the most fulfilling life I can imagine."



emily
|| With roots in Georgia & West Texas, Emily serves up a delectably nice portion of cello. She finds herself performing all over Seattle and teaching expression through the cello to kids and adults alike. www.emilyannpeterson.com

Why Emily Ann fights slavery with music || She says, “The darkest days of my life were those when I had no voice. I couldn't speak up against injustice and I suffer deeply, even today, because of it. My eyes get misty every time I soak in the knowledge that my dark days could be the brightest days for girls who are trapped in the sex slave trade. That scares me. Because in no way would I wish that kind of darkness, even my darkness, for anyone's days. Music is what gave me hope for finding my own voice while I was in the middle of that darkness. I can't think of a better reason to play music, now that my days are brighter, than to give someone a voice who has none.  My contribution to JUBILEE is fueled by the knowledge that their voices are being heard because my own voice is heard.”

jonny
|| “Aloha” from Hawaii! Jonny flies over each week to Seattle for rehearsals... Not! He only wishes. However, this avid surfer from Oahu has found himself with a mighty fine set of guitar-chops, which he teaches to a handful of students on a weekly basis.

Why Jonny fights slavery with music || He says, "Music = Good. Slavery = Bad. Music > Slavery."
steven
|| Steven Wilbur is an in-orbit-Seattlite math-teaching poet and drummer from the Bay Area by way of Texas. He is currently performing with Seattle-based rock group Jubilee and writing an electro-opera with composer John Teske. Steven recently released his first chapbook, "born in a bullet proof vest". www.stevenwilbur.com

Why Steven fights slavery with music || "Sex sells everything. It screams at us from billboards, calling us to buy our goods in bed. It is the lamb everyone wants to pet, but most of us don’t know the wild dog in waiting underneath. At the root of it all, there are tens of millions of women and children who are born into the merciless service of the result, someone’s overfed desire. Devoured is their dignity, their voice, and the recognition that they are full of worth and beauty. If the industry will continue dress itself with sheep’s wool, I will beat these drums so at least some see the wolf."

JUBILEE does Special Events too! (Weddings, Private Parties, etc.)