The Juno Awards, Canada’s equivalent to the Grammys, will be presented on May 15, 2022 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, Ontario. The nominations, which were just announced, have one particular Canadian reggae artist and his team feeling very excited about the prospect.
Singer/songwriter Josemar, who is signed to the Starliners Entertainment record label, has been nominated for his first ever Juno in the category of “Reggae Recording Of The Year.”
The nominated song – Don’t Let It Get To You – was released in August 2021 on the aforementioned imprint. Musicians that helped in its production are: Oniel “Drummy” Fuller (drums), Orville “Wyz” Malcolm (keys), Evon “Laza” Lazarus (guitar), Julie Lee (violin) and Tonya P Lovemore (backing vocals). Engineer Everett “Supa Don” Clarke was also very instrumental – no pun intended – in the recording process; while Kearon “DaBoSS” Stephen at LMP Records in the UK did the mixing and mastering. The executive producer is Marlon Lovemore.
Regardless if it is awarded the coveted prize or not, this tune is a winner on so many levels. It is an inspiring record that tells us that even though everything around us may be falling apart, we don’t have to.
When asked what inspired the song Josemar said: “A friend of mine had suggested that I write a song about never giving up. At the time we were all in lock down trying to navigate the pandemic. So in essence it came from our collective experiences of the uncertainty of our lives and trying to not give up hope.”
Tonya P, the woman behind Starliners Entertainment, issued the following statement after hearing the news: “The entire team is thrilled about the nomination and we look forward to attending the award ceremonies.”