CJ Mickens at Rock & Brews

CJ Mickens

at Rock & Brews

Friday, May 31st 2024


CJ Mickens attended the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts. It was there he discovered his true passion for creating good music. Growing up in a family grounded in the church, Mickens began to sing and perform on a weekly basis. At an early age, he had the opportunity to sing in various parts of the country and overseas. His solo pursuit began at age 15 after moving to the Pacific Northwest. Mickens became involved with the NAACP ACTSO Music Program, winning the Gold Medal three years in a row, advancing to New York, Baltimore and New Orleans. During his senior year of high school, he had an opportunity to work with a Christian record label, which eventually moved him to Nashville, Tenn. After recording demos, record label bankruptcy and pitching to multiple managers, Mickens' opportunities began to fade, moving him back home to the Pacific Northwest. In 2002, Mickens had the chance to appear in Season Two of American Idol, followed by 'Showtime at the Apollo' in 2004. Since then, Mickens has taken the opportunity of redirecting his gift of singing to reaching out and inspiring others. His main goal is to show the love that god has given him whether gay, straight or bi, God doesn’t make mistakes. In 2012, he was announced the winner of Portland Idol, starred in his own show, Sunday Night Soul, and won a national award with his acappella group Rezonate at the Pacific Northwest Harmony Sweepstakes.