By Aaron Wagner
The next country music duo you may hear from is currently busy balancing school and launching their music careers, but there’s no doubt you’re going to be hearing them on your local radio station in the near future. Meet Juna N Joey.
Born in Florida, 15 year-old siblings Juna N Joey began making a name for themselves by posting covers to YouTube. The views increased each week to the point where collectively they garnered 5 million views! That lead to collaborations with other YouTube personalities and offers from various media companies. This past year they appeared on Nickelodeon’s America’s Most Musical Family where they finished second.
Juna N Joey provide easy listening. You know that feeling where you’re never skipping a song because you genuinely enjoy their voices? That’s what you get with Juna N Joey. Personally, as a huge fan of the male-female collaborations, I love the sound you get with these two on each and every song. Their vocals blend together and compliment each other, rather than trying to out sing each other.
In an era where the sound of Dan + Shay and Kelsea Ballerini is making artists successful, it’s no surprise that Juna N Joey understand what country music fans are craving.
Raised On It caught up with both Juna and Joey to talk about their musical upbringing, their original music, and where they hope to take their music career.
When did you know that you wanted to pursue music as something more than a hobby?
Juna: Probably the first time I went to CRS (Country Radio Seminar) in Nashville because we did a lot of interviews. It was refreshing to feel like people wanted to know about us and hear more about our story. Also, we saw a ton of performances at the Ryman that week. Seeing so many artists that I listened to get up there and perform inspired me to work so much harder and opened my eyes to this career. That trip clarified what I want in life and how serious I want to take music as my future.
Joey: As soon as we went on our first tour, I realized how hard working you have to be when pursuing this career and getting the ability to travel and perform music to new people. Once we started getting exposure to the public, it encouraged me to continue this passion of mine for the rest of my life.
What drew you to the country music genre?
Juna: I’ve always loved listening to country music, but when Joey and I were first introduced to the music, we started in the classic rock genre. As I sang and performed these songs more and more, I realized that rock didn’t give me the energy and inspiration I was seeking. So, I decided to switch over to what I loved listening to on the daily.
Joey: When I got Spotify, I learned more about different genres. Usually, I would listen to music in the car, and the station would always be on a pop station, and so once I got Spotify, it opened my horizons. I listen to it every day.
Who are some of the artists that have influenced the music you make or want to make?
Juna: Florida Georgia Line, Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Morgan Wallen and so many more
Joey: Luke Combs, Adam Levine, and Stevie Wonder
Your song “Anchor” has an important message that I love. What was it like writing and recording that particular song?
Juna: It was awesome recording it because it is a topic Joey and I are so passionate about. It was easy to put the emotion into the song because of some experiences we have both gone through and some of the terrible things we have watched some of our close friends go through. Throughout the promotion of this song we heard so many stories that just broke our hearts. We recorded this song because we wanted everyone to know that they aren’t alone and they can always reach out to us and that everyone is beautiful and strong in their own way.
Joey: We were inspired to write this song because we saw bullying at our schools, and we wanted to show people that it’s ok if you need someone to talk to. Having someone to talk to is like an anchor that keeps you grounded, and keeps your head up.
In addition to Anchor, which song has been your favorite song to create?
Juna: I loved creating our first song “Stay Young.” It was our first time going into a professional recording studio, which was an incredible experience. We were so nervous, but so ready to record our first original song, so “Stay Young” will always have a special meaning to me.
Joey: My favorite song that we wrote would be “Lucky” because the chorus is so catchy, and I can relate to it a lot.
What type of music do you want to create and/or what do you want people to think/feel when they hear your music?
Juna: We want to create country-pop music that is perfect for jamming out in your car ten times in a row without getting tired of it. As long as we are writing music, we want to create music that we continue to be passionate about.
Joey: Like Juna, I want to create songs that have catchy hooks that will get stuck in everyone’s head.
Fast Money Questions
Juna: Kane Brown’s Experiment or Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman
Joey: Dan + Shay’s Obsessed
Juna: Dan + Shay
Joey: Luke Combs
Another rising artist we should be aware of:
Juna: Gabby Barrett
Joey: Joe Nodo. He is such a good performer, and his low range is so strong.
Juna: Florida Georgia Line, Dan + Shay, and Morgan Wallen
Joey: Florida Georgia Line
Favorite song you’ve written:
Juna: A song we wrote called “Something Good To Miss.”
Joey: “Lucky” because the chorus is catchy and that how I feel right now and I can relate to it.
A song you wish you would’ve written:
Juna: “One Man Band” by Old Dominion
Joey: “Chasing You” by Morgan Wallen. That song is so good, and the lyrics are incredible.