J. Marie is a creative professional and entrepreneur who currently serves as the director of communications and a producer with Playing For Change. She is also a co-founder of the creative branding agency, Brainstorm Collective as well as her own entertainment and lifestyle brand, Rebel Fuse. She is a proud honors graduate of Howard University where she earned a degree in communications with minors in education, sociology, and anthropology. As a singer/songwriter/musician, she’s released two independent albums and performs around the Los Angeles area with her band, The Color Different, as well as being a member of Kanye West’s Sunday Service Collective. She’s also held many roles behind-the-scenes in television, artist management, A&R, and music publishing—working with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Jamie Foxx, Alicia Keys, Linda Perry, and V. Bozeman, to name a few. In her spare time she loves to travel, paint, spend time with her dogson Benson Daly Ray, and serve her community through her work as the community service chair for the Howard University Alumni Club of Los Angeles and as a mentor with the organization, Girls With Gifts.