Reallionaire Jream is a citizen of the world and music is his passport. Jream is not just thinking forward, he’s pulling forward by the feet and forcing rhythm to catch up to him. Born in the city of sin, the Las Vegas desert made way for a young talent with a wise soul on December 6, 1985. A Southwest-Midwest concoction, Reallionaire Jream aka Jay Shelton, aspires to uplift and spark discovery.
A brief stint at Southern Illinois University (SIUE) was all that was necessary for Reallionaire Jream to realize that four walls and exams did not agree with his dreams. Although two lead roles and several supporting roles in theatre at SIUE sparked the creative wheels to turn in Jream’s head, music was waiting in the wings. With a little musical inspiration, Jream retired from the college scene after half a semester and caught the Greyhound to Vegas! Reallionaire Jream has earned respect and loyal followers through numerous intensely passionate performances on stages throughout 25 cities and 3 continents. In his own words, “Performing is when I truly stand out, spontaneity takes the wheel once I grip the mic.”
An abstract thinker with concrete goals, Jream sold his most valuable possessions and set sail for Europe. From June 21, 2011 until October 5, 2016, Jream grounded himself in Cologne, Germany where he mined the idea of a lifetime. His 3rd album “PostCards” is inspired by the monument replicas of the world-renowned Las Vegas Strip. “In essence ‘PostCards’ is the marriage of two burning passions…music & travel. Matrimony. The rush of landing where I’ve never been, around languages I’ve never heard with a time limit and a camera was the most freedom I’d tasted at the time.” Now residing in Tanzania, Africa, Reallionaire Jream continues to flirt with danger in his unique approach of expression.
With every song there’s an ancestral pulse within his intonations and a cadence in his poetry which paint the themes of loyalty, family pride and sincerity. “Sometimes you must go far away to find yourself” is what the late Bishop A.J. Thompson, Jream’s Grandfather, imparted on him as a child. Collecting relics from past, present and future, Jream is a time traveler on the journey every soul embarks on when the questions outweigh the answers. Definitely ‘married to his pens,’ the breadth of work from Reallionaire Jream is unfolding and the world is his stage.