A love for all roots music has taken Jory Kinjo around the world, sharing stages with artists from BB King to ZZ Top. Kinjo was raised in R&B, Blues & Soul music, but his career has touched on Funk, Jazz, Reggae & Ska.
Kinjo joined soul band Mocking Shadows in 1999. The Shadows toured with B.B. King in 2001, 2002 and 2012. The long-standing Calgary band has also done shows with Buddy Guy, ZZ Top, Reba McIntyre and the Tragically Hip.
In 2008, Kinjo played bass on a European tour with Montreal’s third wave ska kings, the Planet Smashers. Among the tour dates was a highlight show as direct support for Bad Religion at Belgium’s Groezrock Festival.
The Planet Smashers experience sparked a new love for Ska & Reggae music and Kinjo began a solo career this new direction. His venture into the genre resulted in sharing stages with such bands as Fishbone, UB40, the English Beat, Sublime with Rome, Ziggy Marley, and the Wailers.
In 2010, Jory began regularly performing in Japan with his brother, Kaley Kinjo. The Kinjo Brothers perform in both Japanese and English at various festivals and venues.
In 2014, Kinjo moved to New York City to work with ska bands, the Slackers, and the Rocksteady 7. He performs regularly with these acts and associated artists across North America and Europe.
Upon his return to Alberta four years later, Kinjo and two partners started a throwback soul record label called Kimberlite records. Kimberlite is a vinyl centric, boutique label that specializes in the release of 45rpm records. They have sold their 45s in over 20 countries and are currently the only independent rare soul record label in Canada.
Kinjo tours Canada, USA, Europe, and Japan regularly with his various projects; Jory Kinjo & the Relays, David Hillyard & Rocksteady 7, Vic Ruggiero, Kinjo & Young, Mocking Shadows, the Kinjo Bros and Ann Vriend.