Juran Ratchford, native of Shelby, North Carolina, has been playing the soulful sounds of the saxophone since the of age twelve. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing
from WSSU, Juran then decided to pursue his goal of becoming a professional musician.
Juran’s musical inspiration and unique sound comes from a variety of artists, ranging from great musicians such as John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock, to Jay-Z and A Tribe Called Quest. His
eclecticism allows him to be open to more than what may be considered expected of a saxophonist. “I don’t like to be labeled as a smooth jazz artist” says Juran, “don’t put me in a box”.
Juran has performed and recorded with several artists and actors, such as Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder, Jamla Records recording artists Heather Victoria and Rapsody, actress Lynn
Whitfield, and national recording artist and saxophonist for Stevie Wonder, Ryan Kilgore.