James "JC Edwards" Canty professionally known as JC Edwards; born James Edward Canty Jr was born December 11 1990 in Reidsville, NC. He is an American pop and R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of JC9 Records; a full service independent Music Company founded in the Spring of 2009.
Canty’s musical influences include Brandy, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Usher, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Ne-yo, Brian McKnight and many others. Ever since James began singing his voice was high. From the tender age of five he was belting out Mariah Carey songs without any problem. Canty began his career performing in school showcases with fellow classmates. This sparked a love for performing at a young age. Around eleven he branched off to writing his own songs and singing them for friends and family. Although he showed needed improvement, he never gave up and continued to write. James attended Reidsville Middle and High Schools and gained the attention of Choral Director; Gwendolyn Bell, whom nurtured his voice for seven years. He eventually became a major soloist within the honors choral program.
After High School, Canty decided to attend North Carolina A&T State University and is currently finishing a degree in Music (General – Electronics). Under the baton of Maestro Travis Alexander, JC has traveled with both the A&T University Choir & Chamber Singers to many areas in the United States. February 17, 2012 James had the privilege to be a soloist in the White House with the University Choir and has continued with the choir to perform in other great venues such as Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Coalition Saturday Morning Forum. James studied as a tenor under Van Anthony Hall for two years during his time at A&T.
JC Edwards released his debut free EP "Counter Part" for free download May 26, 2009 via BandCamp. The 6-track EP was used as his senior project in high school and included the touching "I Thank You" which was dedicated to his late mother Wilma L Canty. During his first year at A&T, JC began working on a mix-tape with his cousin Jonathan "MistaMakeYaWunda" Thompson. Under the group name, JC9 Boyz, the two released "Mixtape Vol. 1: Evolutions Way" for free download March 20, 2010 via BandCamp. Since the Summer of 2011, JC Edwards has been working hard to produce a solid representation of who he is musically and personally. "Tainted Love Story" (2/28/13) will be the first official EP released by JC Edwards on his independent label; JC9 Records.
“Tainted Love Story" is based on a relationship that is tainted by a lack of monogamy but hanging on though love. The EP’s first single "Ready for Love" was released March 27 2012 via iTunes & Amazon. The single served as the first official release from his label JC9 Records. Almost a year later after accepting a role as a Wiseman in NC A&T’s Fall 2012 production of Black Nativity and completing the EP. JC is prepping the release of “Tainted Love Story” with the release of the dual single “I Only Want You / Ex-Boyfriend” on January 28, 2013 via iTunes & BandCamp. The single will also be released on multiple major online stores. JC Edwards is currently working on his debut album, slated for winter 2013 to follow up the “Tainted Love Story” EP.