Joel Jerome grew up outside of Portland Maine, in a town called Raymond, the middle child of three boys. His parents encouraged outdoor activities, so he spent lots of time swimming in the surrounding lakes, rivers and ocean. Raymond is situated in the foothills of the White Mountains, which allowed Joel to explore skiing, snowboarding and hiking. He grew up with an appreciation for nature as well as a curiosity for city life. Joel started writing stories at a young age. At age 14, he wrote a novel, although he never sought to have it published.
Around the same time, Joel started to become very interested in music. He went through phases of appreciation of many different types of music and frequented many shows at Zootz in downtown Portland.
When he was 17, Joel was accepted into the state's only magnet school, the Maine School of Science and Math. He headed 6 hours away from home to northern Maine to attend his junior and senior years of high school there. Although Joel struggled to adapt to the rules and regulations of boarding school, he graduated with a great education and an acceptance to college at the University of Rhode Island to study pharmacy. After finishing pharmacy school, Joel moved to Boston and took at job at Boston Children's Hospital as a pharmacist.
Joel's lifelong love for music led him to study guitar in Boston with Jeff O'Brien (a former Berkeley student and guitar teacher) and songwriting/vocals with with Ruby Rose Fox (named Boston female vocalist of the year 2015). At first, he was happy to learn guitar by playing covers of classic rock/folk tunes he grew up on and some of the recent music he was listening to. Eventually, though, he started to renew his love for writing and integrate it with his passion for music with Ruby's help. After Joel wrote several songs, Ruby connected him with producer Dave Brophy and from there the record Fall to Pieces was made.