Born and raised in New York City, Jeffrey started writing music at a young age and was performing frequently by the time he reached high school. He read Shakespeare at Oxford University, trained in theater at the British America Drama Academy in London and graduated with a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. After studying as a classical singer and enjoying a successful career as an actor (Off-Broadway, national tours, indie films), Jeffrey returned to his first love: Music.
In January 2007, Jeffrey released his demo EP “When You Are Free,” which won him songwriting honors from Billboard Magazine and was praised by Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame DJ Joey Reynolds, who said: “These are very clever, bright, intelligent songs. Great writing. Lovely music. It’s wonderful!”
JPB currently performs frequently in New York City at venues such as Symphony Space, the Bitter End and Café Vivaldi, as well as up and down the east coast. His song “Broken Tomorrow” is featured on Neil Young’s “Living With War Today” web site and he was honored by American Songwriter magazine in their August 2007 issue for his song “Never Met Anybody Like You,” a popular addition to his live show that brings down the house.
In 2009, following the death of his idol Michael Jackson, Jeffrey wrote "Michael (The One And Only)" a tribute song to promote the musical legacy of the King of Pop. The song has been performed at many events, including the MJ Tribute at the Iridium on Broadway, on the Rev. Al Sharpton's radio tribute to Michael and in front of thousands of fans at the "Memorial to Michael" in Harlem on June 25th, 2010. This song is available exclusively through www.ilovejpb.com as a Pay What You Want download with a portion of the profits going to childrens' charities.
In 2010, Jeffrey created a 14 week series of cover songs called “American Idol Response” many of which are online at his youtube web site. The series has over 100,000 views. In the Winter of 2010, he released his first holiday single, "Winter Wonderland," which is available on itunes and on this web site.
In June 2011, he won Nokia’s BEST SINGER contest and featured in the Nokia “Don’t Fence Me In” ad campaign. He is currently creating his new single, his original holiday song "It's Chanukah!" which was funded by his fans via kickstarter!
More than anything, Jeffrey wants to create great music that his fans will love to hear as much as he loves making it.
“My fans are amazing! They’re supportive, loving people,” he says. “People are looking for something new and different in music. I want to deliver for them and take them on an emotional journey with my music. I’d love for people to leave my concerts saying: ‘He performed for me man! He gave everything.’”
JPB lives in New York, writing and performing. He is in pre-production for a full length CD, slated for release in 2013.