Born into the well-known and respected Chaisson family helped to immerse J. J. in the world of traditional music from an early age. He began gracing halls and stages across the Island when he was barely able to touch the floor while sitting in a chair; word spread quickly about this young prodigy.
When he was just 14 years old he released his first CD. “In the Genes” was a tribute to his two grandfathers. The CD was heralded as a treasure and astonished fiddlers far and wide with the professional ability of this young man. This lead to invitations to travel, to teach at The Ceilidh Road School on Cape Breton Island and at the world renowned Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp in Colorado. He was also invited to be the youngest player featured on Rounder Records CD “The Fiddlers of Prince Edward Island.”
While still in high school, J. J. and his cousins formed the Celtic Rock band known as “Kindle”. This group was recognized with a nomination as Best New Group at the 2000 ECMA’S and a nationally televised performance at the awards show. The group traveled widely throughout Canada and into the USA. J. J. served as front man on fiddle and as a vocalist and he continued to astound audiences wherever he performed.
In 2002 his second CD was released and entitled “Class Act”. This CD again showed his enormous talent on fiddle and introduced his listening audiences to his skill as a guitarist. J. J. continued to travel widely and audiences continued to want more and more of this delightful performer. His personality is equally as powerful as his playing and he reaches out to young and old alike with smiles and endless jokes and stories.
J. J. is now married to the love of his life Julie MacDonald Chaisson. He is captain of a lobster boat aptly named “Chaisson a Dream” and he loves his time at sea. He fishes the cold Atlantic from May 1st till June 30th each spring for lobsters. When the “fishing season ends” the music season starts. He plays at locations across Prince Edward Island throughout the summer and travels off Island whenever the opportunity arises.
“The Gift” was launched this year (2007) at the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival. It features many of J. J.’s original tunes and of course has one of the most touching tributes ever written. The rousing “Ella Rose’s Reel” in honor of his daughter is a great way to start things off and the tribute to Captain Charlie Campbell entitled “Seas the Moment” is beyond words. This latest CD offers yet another look at the many facets of talent this young man holds.