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Shootii’s Bio (@shootii_music)

hallreid 6 studio 1Karl Reid, professionally known as Shootii, is an industrious dancehall recording artist based in New York City.

Though Shootii currently resides in New York, he was born in Trout Hall, Clarendon, where he lived with his grandparents until the tender age of twelve. He then moved to Kingston to be with his mother as his grandparents relocated to Nigeria. While in Clarendon, he attended the Trout Hall All Age School and was passionately involved in track and field. Even though he was extremely good in the sport, he did not follow through with it because he ended up leaving the school to join his mother in Kingston.

Upon arriving in Kingston, Shootii soon realized that his mother could not afford to send him to school so he took it upon himself to learn a trade. He got into tailoring (which he learnt from a friend in West Kingston) and became so good at it that he considered pursuing it as a career. However, he only spent about five years in Kingston, because at age seventeen, he had to move again, this time to join his father in New York City.

As he transitioned from a boy to a man in New York’s rich and diverse musical culture, Shootii slowly began to get into the entertainment industry. Growing up he was always drawn to music on some level, whether it was taking part in church services (which were insisted on by his grandparents), or listening to a lot of 80’s and 90’s dancehall and being captivated by the lyrical prowess of artists like Lt. Stitchie and Buju Banton. Music always fascinated him! As such, once he became a U.S. citizen he began travelling back and forth between Jamaica and New York, networking and learning as much as he could about the craft of music. On one of his many trips, he got the opportunity to see Buju Banton rehearse at Penthouse Recording Studio in Kingston; he decided then and there that he was going to commit himself entirely to the music business.

He met and developed a close relationship with recording artist Frisco Kid, who took it upon himself to teach him as much as he could about the dancehall industry. Frisco Kid also opened a lot of doors for him by introducing him to Beenie Man and members of the Shocking Vibes Crew. In addition to that, Shootii also got a chance to record at Buju Banton’s Cell Block studio. He did a song entitled “Big Gun No Fun,” which unfortunately did not get a lot of promotion because he had to return to America.

After years of keeping a low profile, Shootii met and began working with Chemist in 2017 (a producer who is linked with established artists: Spice, Aidonia and others). He recorded and released a catchy dancehall single, “Long Time,” which was inspired by a friend’s betrayal. Since its release, the song has been getting good rotation on radio stations in Jamaica, America and the UK. Shootii and his team are now committed to promoting the record while simultaneously working on new music.

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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuJAtEKSrcUqTT7NatA5NhA

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Prosonic Production: Beats, Mixing & Mastering (@ProsonicProd)

ProsonicJonathan Riley, professionally known as Prosonic, is a mixing engineer, producer and beat maker, based in Portmore, Jamaica.

He was born in Kingston and grew up in the Havendale community with his mother. As a child, he attended both George Headley Primary and Meadowbrook High Schools. While in school he was involved in Football and Volleyball, as well as the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force.

Jonathan’s first passion was architecture and construction; however, after watching the popular Hollywood movie, Drumline (starring Nick Cannon), and listening to projects from established producer Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor, he became inspired and to make music. He started creating music at home using Digital Audio Workshop programs such as FL Studio and Propellerhead Reason. It was not long before he developed his skills and began mastering the machines. Now specializing in the reggae and dancehall genres as a mixing engineer, producer and beat maker, Jonathan adopted the name Prosonic as it exemplifies the kind of professionalism and quality that he brings to his music.

To date, Prosonic Production has produced “Pretty Girl” by Mazin (2012), “Hustle Fi Di Paper” by Mazin featuring Darrio (2013) and the Love Bounce Riddim (2013). Fast forward to 2018 and he has mixed and mastered “Imagine That” and “Slave Mentality” by Karamanti; as well as “From You Dead” by Peppery. Later this year he plans on releasing a new rhythm driven project on his label.

Anyone wanting to work with Prosonic Production in any capacity may do so by contacting his PR, Maria Jackson Entertainment, by email at info@mjent.net or via WhatsApp +1 876-313-6319.

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jon_prosonic
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Introducing I-PURPLE (@Purple_kev)

I-PurpleKevin Walters, known to many as I-Purple, was born in Alexandria in the parish of St. Ann (the garden parish of reggae legends: Bob Marley, Burning Spear and Marcus Garvey), on the beautiful island of Jamaica. Though St. Ann was his birth place, Kevin and his parents did relocate to Kingston, which is where he grew up. Music was a natural choice for him as both his father and grandfather were known and respected musicians. He was taught how to play the guitar from his father but his passion became the piano, which he learned on his own.

As he got older and his desire to become a professional musician increased, Kevin made the decision to improve on his craft by attending the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. While at school his friends began calling him purple because he was always wearing the color. He later added the letter I to it and thus became I-Purple.

Fast forward to 2018 and I-Purple is now a full-fledged recording artist, producer and engineer that not only produces his own music but also that of others. As an artist he has graced several stages across the island; stages such as: Christopher’s, Jazz and Red Bones Blues Café, Essence Lounge, Triple Century and several others. Audiences are usually captivated by his performance as he has a great command of both the stage and the moment.

I-Purple is kicking off 2018 by re-releasing his track entitled “colder than ice cream.” A record that was previously shared in 2013 on the Jah Mix Production label. As I-Purple has now dissolve all ties with that label, he is re-releasing the record on his own Purple Keyz Muzik label.

Persons wanting to work with I-Purple are being asked to contact his publicist, Maria Jackson Entertainment at info@mjent.net or (876) 313.6319.

I-PURPLE SOCIAL SITES:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Purple_kev
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/i.purple_keyz
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/I-Purple-515396821909422

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Lenn Hammond – 2017 Biography (@lennhammond)

Lenn lalalaLenn Hammond is a singer, songwriter who taught himself to play the guitar, is on a musical mission to contribute positively to society. Using his falsetto over soulful beats, Lenn seeks to uplift and effect positive changes in everyone he meets, everywhere he goes, and to all who listen to his music.

Lenn is best known for love, romance and dissecting relationships’ growing pains in his songs. Critiquing the system, observing nature, and enjoying life are all recurring subject matter. He recently collaborated with Exco Levi on the remix of Tek U Fi Life – an ode of love and commitment and another collaboration with Blizz “Happy Face” both tracks due for release on various projects.

Always writing and recording, Hammond is preparing the stage for his next single, End of Innocence, a poignant and timely reflection of the situations girls and young women face. “I think it’s one of his finest songs!” said MAdCast- Fuji of Radio Regent’s ItaL rOOts RaDio, continuing “I love how the plucking of the guitar strings pulls you into the song and tugs at your heart strings.”

Lenn, a musical nomad, travels wherever his music takes him. In recent times, Lenn has answered the call in Japan, across Canada and in Europe. Europe offered the opportunity to spend over a year in London recording with various UK producers, including Chris Peckings among others.

In spring and summer of this year Lenn spent some time in Germany where he did a series of promotional appearances which were well received The Netherlands hosted Lenn Hammond’s first European show accompanied by a band, at the Luxor in Arnhem. That show saw people claiming a new good find.

A JUNO and multiple-award winner, Lenn Hammond was written into Canada’s music history, paving the way for many of his Reggae contemporaries.

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Zally’s Bio (@ZallyBuff)

ZallyZally was born in Papine (in Kingston, Jamaica). While growing up and going to school he was always surrounded by musicians. At the tender age of sixteen he realized that
music was his calling and he has been chanting and singing ever since. As a youth Zally experienced alot of hardship. He believes this is due in part to growing up in a
poor third world economy. He never knew his mother, and his father lived on the other side of town not having any major impact in his life. His Grandmother and Aunts
raised him as their own son. They ensured that he went to good schools and as a result he graduated an A student.

In his early teenage years he started hanging around several different mobile sound systems in the neighborhood and vibing with the best of the best. In those days it was
Charlie Chaplin, Major Mackerel, Papa San, and Capleton, just to name a few. As we say in Jamaica, “music nice and music sweet.” During that era, there was no violence or animosity among artists and musicians. You could go to almost any session anywhere, get on the mic, and rock the place. And on the real, that’s what Jamaica and Reggae is about, music, peace and love, and that is what Zally is about.

His first major stage show in the United States was the “Bob Marley Festival” in February, 1997. Though he was still young in the business, music was already changing his life. He performed in Santa Barbara, California for the “His Imperial Majesty’s Coronation” concert, also at the House Of Blues in Hollywood, Ca. and at the “Kingston Twelve Reggae Club.” He has opened for Morgan Heritage, Sizzla, Jr. Gong, Capleton and Cocoa Tea. And he has performed at various venues in the North East region of the U.S. such as, Philadelphia, New York, Jannus Live, Bob Marley Cafe in Orlando, FL. and many more.

Zally currently reside in South West Florida. He released two albums in 2010 and an EP in March, 2013. All his music is available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and all other
digital music retailer stores. He’s been creating plenty of new material since 2007. Consequently, he has recorded for some of the best producers over the years; He’s
recorded singles, albums, vintage vinyl’s, collabs, and an ep.

His credits include recordings with the likes of the late Sugar Minott and Anthony Malvo, as well as a few Cross Over Hip-Hop songs with artists like 2 Pistols and Mello Bondz. His first record released was with Winston Riley on Techniques Records; second was with Courtney Cole (Roof International) and the third was a single called, “Love” on Fiesta Label. Additionally, he recorded an album with Kamau Music Kingdom.

As a result of his consistent and aggressive marketing, he has independently sold several CD’s and performed countless times in an effort to build his name in the industry. The single “Tell Me How You Feel” was a mini success; he recorded his first complete album in 2001 called, “Hot and Demanding.” His music has been, and is currently getting plenty of airplay in places such as Jamaica, the United Kingdom, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Ghana, St. Tomas VI, Portugal, The Bahamas, Japan, and Germany.

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Hitman Walle’s Bio (@HitmanWalleProd)

HitmanHitman Walle was born on March 11 in Spanish Town, Jamaica where he was raised by his father and grandmother. He grew up surrounded by music with his father being a singer and his grandmother a leader in her church choir. By the time he was about 8 years old he was already testing out his talents in the church and would soon be Djaying in the streets gathering quite a crowd.

Hitman Walle has been electrifying audiences for over fifteen years now and began his professional career by working with Creation High Power. While working with them, he recorded his songs, “Man ago cuss woman,” “Karate,” “Car Key,” and “Before you lie down.”

After working with Creation High Power, Hitman Walle decided to try his luck at performing live with his first big show being “Reggae Kwanzaa.” It was after this performance that he was asked to join the Kwanzaa Group and recorded “Big heel boot” and “The whole world.” However, this match up was not meant to be and Hitman Walle soon moved on to record such songs as “Love you same way” with other producers.

It was during this time that Hitman Walle was introduced to a producer named Linval Gibbons. Linval helped Hitman Walle to get on stage for Teen Splash and to start building his career and a name for himself. Before he new it, he was getting airtime on such radio stations as Irie Fm, Hits Fm, Zip Fm, Mellow Fm and the Hot 102.

In 1999, Hitman Walle worked with Mallory Williams to produce the song “Reggae cha-cha-cha” which reached number 14 on the reggae charts in Michigan. He also recorded “Don’t hurt the star” and “Cellular a ring” with Shaka Pow. Unfortunately, just as Hitman Walle’s career should have been taking off, tragedy struck. His older brother and manager was tragically taken from him in a car accident that left him devastated.

After a 3 year break from his music, Hitman Walle met his current manager Donovan Carter. Together with Donovan, he began to put his career back on track. He began to perform live again and recorded many songs like “Go away poverty”, Inna di ghetto,” “Wanted man,” “Survival game,” “Good star” and “Garbage truck.”

Over his career, Hitman Walle has had the pleasure to work in Canada, The United States and Jamaica. He has also worked with such artists as Lady Saw, Lady G, Kiprich, Sean Paul, Shaggy, John Holt, Elephant Man, Kartel, Bounty Killer, Mavado, Merciless and many more. And he has been heard at a variety of venues such as Full Black, Fully Loaded, Bling Dawg Summer Bash, Spring Break, Dilla Clash, Reggae Fever, Sting 2011, the Irie Fm Road Shows and the GT Taylor Show.

Currently, Hitman Walle is back in the studio working hard on his new song about what he loves most, Jamaica. And doing what he does best, making music.

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Shanti Force – Biography (@shantiforce)

Shanti Force bioAshan Shanti Force Crosdale, born July 24th, 1995 is a young reggae dancehall artist, signed to the Wyzelife Productions Ltd., who Grew up in Hackney, East London.

He was always a student that was working above national curriculum average. He passed his GCSE’s at Mossbourne Academy with an A grade. He aspires to be a well known artist and as such places a lot of emphasis on the positive messages in his music, and catchy choruses.

He has been performing on shows from a tender age via his father, Lion Wyze, who took
him around to shows and helped publicize the young talent. He performed at shows such as ‘Justice in the East,’ a show with Junior Reid, ‘Oneness Concert,’ ‘UK reggae showcase’ and many others. Shanti Force‘s slogan is: “Front Page Nuh Back Road.” As such, he has songs such as “Do it My Way Girl” and “Thunder Roll” which was written from the age of 7. His talent has not gone unnoticed and has secured collaborations with Jamaica’s Iyara and he was also featured on Gappy Ranks’ new album, Pure Badness, with a song called
“Turf War.”

His career took off on a wider scale in 2016 as he was booked on shows overseas; opening for Kalado in Germany, performing on the Exit Festival in Serbia and the
Sea Dance Festival in Montenegro. He has since then continued to master his craft and entertain his supporters with high energized performances. He recently returned from a
promotional tour in Jamaica where he opened for Sizzla at MargaritaVille (Ochi Rios) and performed At Bourbon Beach in Negril alongside Khalilah Rose. He also did several other smaller scale shows.

Since returning to England he has been in the studio working on a reggae project set to be released in The new year. Shanti Force hopes to continue creating his buzz and build up his fan base. Look out for more from the Young Rising Star.

For bookings and/or inquiries, persons are being asked to email johnwyze@hotmail.com or call +447947327520

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The Illest DJ Fou4 – Bio (@DjFou4)

DJ FOU4Andre Antonio Hines A.K.A The Illest DJ Fou4 is a selector who plays a variety of genres: Reggae, Dancehall, Hip-hop, R&B, Soca, Alternative, EDM and Retro.

He hails from the beautiful island of Jamaica, in the parish of St. Thomas, and was born at the Princess Margaret Hospital to mother Evett Davidson, also called Joan, and father Ronald Hines (who use to select music as well). At birth, Andre was four pounds and two ounces, hence the name DJ Fou4. Initially he was called Daddy 4 and then over time, as he began to advance in his craft, he adopted the title: The Illest DJ Fou4.

He grew up with his mother and 6 siblings (3 brothers and 3 sisters) in White Hall, St. Thomas. One by one all his brothers and sisters eventually migrated leaving him with his mother, aunties, uncles, cousins and grandparents. The first school he attended was the Flemmings Basic School in Seaforth; he then went on to Seaforth Primary. In the 6th grade, he successfully passed his common entrance for Morant Bay High School. DJ Fou4 was on the track and field team for a short while but all his interest was in music, not just listening and playing it, but also dancing to it. He was an excellent dancer and at lunch break and after school he and his friends would play the Bug Riddim and he would do the bogle and Jerry Springer dance to wow the girls.

According to Fou4, “high school was the best part of growing up.” He was a member of a dance group called Krazy Squad. They entered the JCDC festival and partook in the community’s Unity Vibes Police Youth Club. They were successful by all accounts and were awarded with trophies, medals, certificates and cash prizes.

The Illest DJ Fou4 started playing music professionally in 2012. It all started when his friend Gary (also known as Picture Frame) allowed him to play on his sound system. It was then that he learned to mix and blend the right songs, paying attention to things like tempo and BPM (beats per minute). At first, his family was not supportive of his career in music. He recalls both his aunt and mom constantly telling him that, “music should only be a hobby, not a career.” He was not moved by their opinions, instead, he kept on working on his craft and as a result he improved so much so that he is now a resident DJ on Stylz FM, Portland’s #1 radio station. Now his mother is one of his biggest fans. She is always tuning in to his radio show and gives him constructive criticism. The Illest DJ Fou4 is on air every Thursday from 5 to 9 PM and again on Saturday nights on the DETOUR show from 8 PM to midnight.

The sky is the limit and DJ Fou4 is well aware of that fact. As a result, he is currently working on dominating the airwaves, bringing his unique vibe and energy to his audience. Stylz FM airs on the following dials across Portland and surrounding Parishes: 96.1, 96.5 and 96.7 FM. In addition to playing on the radio, DJ Fou4 also does regular mixes (mixtapes) for both street and digital distribution.

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YouTube: www.youtube.com/TheDjfou4

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Hu’manuwah’s Bio (@Humanuwah)

Hu-manuwahHu’manuwah, the singer, song writer, performer, producer and CEO of Soul Journey Universal, was born Prince-Emmanuel Alexander Smith. He grew up in the community of Water House, which is located in Kingston 11 on the beautiful island of Jamaica. As a youth, he attended St. Patrick’s Primary and Trench Town Comprehensive High Schools. After leaving high school he applied himself to a number of potential career paths, yet none resonated with him as much as music did. It was around age 17 that his consciousness became ignited with the fire of knowledge and a quest for truth.

This flame grew within him until his whole being and life was consumed with an unquenchable thirst for spiritual truths, knowledge and development, at its highest level. After much research, his desire for true self- knowledge became a reality. Knowing what he now knows, his purpose and aim is to be a channel of spiritual awakening, enlightenment and inspiration to the world.

Possessing the ability to move you into higher states of spiritual awareness, with only a few lines of any of his songs, Hu’manuwah is considered by many to be a musical, spiritual giant in his own right. His entire body of work to date is centered on the heights and depths of man as a spiritual being.

His songs reaffirms the ageless truth that as spiritual beings (Souls) we are immortal and all powerful by our very essence and nature. His lyrical content speaks to the fact that we are not the minds, emotions or physical bodies we occupy throughout each respective life time; be it on this planet or on any other throughout this boundless universe, filled with an abundant array of life.

According to Hu’manuwah: “Our true purpose in this lower, physical universe is to get all the necessary experiences needed, which serves to refine us as souls (spiritual beings). This refinement then prepares us for our ultimate re-awakening. That we are all, infinite universal creators, here in this universe to learn and master its unique construct which is LIGHT”.  He believes also that as universal creators, we are limitless, all-powerful and eternal, and that we exist beyond this universe in many forms and realities.

Hu’manuwah is currently promoting his latest single; Jamaica’s Cry (Life over bullets). His other recordings are: Rough Road, Earth Is A School, It’s Within, Mankind Must Evolve, Greater Than, Grow Spiritually and that is just to name a few.

His major musical influences includes all the past and present giants of reggae and dancehall. He listens to just about any genre of music that inspires him. He characterizes his musical art as a reflection of the soul’s journey to its inner and higher states of consciousness, and this he endeavors to foster and maintain throughout his career as HU’MAMUWAH aka “The Soul Liberator.”

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/HUMANUWAH1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Humanuwah-308144842998025
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/souljourneyuniversalrecords

 

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Glen Washington – Bio

Glen-Washington-photo-2The musical career of Glenroy Washington, singer, songwriter and drummer, personifies the cliché; ”The race is not for the swift, but for those who can endure.” The triumph of Glen Washington’s endurance has been 25 years in the making.

Like most successful artists, Washington evolved from humble beginnings. Born in the parish of Clarendon, Jamaica he is currently one of the most in demand artist in reggae music; this has come after many years of recording and waiting in the wings. In 1997, he released his debut album ‘Brother To Brother’ and, to date, has released 10 albums. Fans and critics alike say there is not one bad song in his catalog.

Washington began his musical career in the early seventies as the lead singer for the group “Names And Faces.” He later became the lead singer in a band called “35 Incorporated” and learned to play the drums under the guidance of, then drummer, Joseph Hill. When Hill left the band, Washington filled the slot, and became a singing drummer.

There are positive lessons of encouragement and motivation to learn from Washington’s experiences. His musical career is reminiscent of Boris Gardener, singer, bass player and bandleader who after 25 years in the music industry recorded the golden “I Wanna Wake Up With You.” In the same vein, it was thirty years after recording the classic “Black Magic Woman” that Santana went on to sweep the 2000 Grammy awards for the gigantic hit “Maria Maria”.

Similarly, Washington made his first hit record “Rockers Not Crackers” in 1978 for the Joe Gibbs Record label; but he did not grace the charts again until the release of the hit “Kindness For Weakness” in 1998.

Most music industry insiders would say that after 20 years in the business, it’s unlikely that an artist would release his biggest hit, but it has been proven again and again how speculative this business is.

Over the years, Washington has recorded sporadically as a solo singer and extensively as a studio drummer and, has laid tracks for various artists. Simultaneously, Washington was a full-time drummer (sometimes singer) in several different bands, such as: The Avengers, The Titans, and Happiness Unlimited. With Happiness Unlimited he migrated to the USA to work with Stevie Wonder. The other Bands he played with are Calabash and Bands that backed Artists such as Leroy Sibbles, Shinehead, Junior Reid, Gregory Isaacs, Sister Carol and the Meditations.

After a short hiatus from performing; in 1997, Washington once again pursued his solo singing career by doing some recording sessions for Studio One’s, famed Producer – Clement Dodd. It was dejavu all over again with the release of Washington’s awesome debut album “Brother to Brother”.

It seems the Studio One sound was launching another Artist career. However, it was a year later while recording for Producers Lloyd Campbell & Jason Sterling, that Washington hit with the classic album “Next To You.” It was marketed by VP Records and featured the hit song “Kindness for Weakness”, all tracks on this album are considered single material.
From the resurgence of Glen Washington’s singing career, his smooth, raspy, bass voice has often been likened to that of Beres Hammond. Washington says, “Beres is one of my favorite entertainers, so I regard it as a compliment to be compared with him.” With the release of over forty singles and eleven albums in four years, Washington has established himself as not only a singer but, also as a gifted songwriter who penned his own songs.

Other albums released by Washington are “Can’t You See” produced by Jah Life Records; “Think About It” for Philip Smart; “Number One Girl” produced by Lloyd Campbell & Jason Sterling, “Solitary Red Rose” for Ruff Stuff; “Can’t Keep A Good Man Down” for Don One; “Wondering Stranger” for Coxone Dodd, “ Reggae Max” for Jet Star, “Free Up The Vibes” for Stingray and “Your Love” Lloyd Campbell & Jason Sterling.

Washington said, “As a drummer backing other artists, I have toured the world, playing in countries like Japan, North, South and Central America, all over Europe and all the Caribbean Islands. Now I am repeating those trips as the featured artist, and it’s a great feeling to see thousands of fans coming out for my performances.”

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IYARA Biography (@iyaraang @iyaradifyara)

00-iyaraStanding at six feet tall, the quintessential rising talent to be heard is Eric Somers known to the world as “Iyara.” A deejay with numerous talents, Somers was crafted within a multicultural country called Jamaica “Land we Love.” Grounded and humble Somers gleams that his hometown is one that has the lowest crime rates, highest rainfall and some of the most well-mannered citizens, known as Portland, Jamaica.

Born to Veronica Layne and Carl Somers, Somers is the fifth of six children. Growing up in a small district called Bellevue District in Rio Grande Valley, Somers was exposed to little or no city life distractions therefore school was definitely his main priority. After attending the Bellevue All Age School, he furthered his education at Port Antonio High School. He owes the utmost respect to two particular teachers for molding and grooming him into the man he is today.

His aspiration for music began when he first saw dancehall veteran Rodney Pryce, known to the dancehall world as ‘Bounty Killa’ performed ‘superfly’ at a school event. Since then, his admiration for the music industry grew. As he matured, Somers sought to make his place in the music industry. As a young man, he became an apprentice in his father’s construction company; however little did his father know that Somers was not made out to be a construction worker resulting in him firing him eight times. Music was obviously his direction even though he was constantly hindered or prevented from writing lyrics. Although Somers grew up hearing his father playing jazz, blues, mento and rock steady, Somers identifies himself with dancehall and reggae.

Somers decided to leave his humble beginnings to seriously pursue his musical journey and headed for Whitehall, Kingston. As he embarked on his new life in the city, a Rastafarian man overheard him deejaying and thought his talent had meaning; “a voice that needed to be heard.” This was the birth of his stage name Iyara. Music is Somers’ escape and he insisted on getting a musical break. “Advance” a friend of Somers happened to be the nephew of Somers musical idol, Bounty Killa. How ironic is that? With a burning desire to showcase his talent, Advance introduced Bounty Killa to Somers at Bounty Killa’s place of residence. Killa was thrilled by his lyrical content, his passion and his humility. On that day, his talent became his ticket to his success when he joined Killa on stage at 2008 Champion in Actions, which was his very first time performing and which he executed well. Immediately after, he was signed to Alliance Next Generation. Somers’ musical talent would not be detained.

Though riding the momentum Iyara nonetheless encountered rocky roads but managed to overcome them, allowing his career to have highlight performances at events such as Sting, Reggae Sumfest, Champions in Action, and performances in the United Kingdom, Canada, and America. Iyara also give back to his community performing at schools and other local events. His aim within this music industry is to get the entire world to listen to his music and feel his positive expression. But in Iyara’s own words, “Time is the master, you can ask the clock.”

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JLAWREMONE Biography (@jlawremone)

Photo of jlawremoneAndre Remone Whittle, more popularly known as jlawremone, is a pop, reggae and dancehall artist based in New Paltz, New York.

Andre grew up with his grandparents in Kingston, Jamaica, but he spent most of his summer vacations in the UK with relatives. Unfortunately, his biological dad was not in his life and his mother migrated when he was only 3 years old. However, at age 19 he reconnected with his mom, who was then happily married to man who would later become one of Andre’s biggest supporters. Upon arriving in New York, he attended SUNY Orange Community College and then went on to the State University of New York. While in school, he got involved in, and developed a passion for, football (soccer). Andre also earned an Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Accounting, and was convinced that this would be the field in which he would make a living.

That being said, in 2013 something happened that would change Andre’s life forever. Sadly, that year he lost his older brother, someone he had a very a close relationship with. As a result, he made some significant changes. He decided then and there to get into music as a way of honoring his brother who was, according to Andre, the real singer in the family. He also began calling himself jlawremone, which is basically his brother’s initials (jlaw) and his middle name (remone) combined. With this, he insist on having the j at the beginning of his name always in lower case as it represents the humility his brother usually displayed.

To jump start his music career, jlawremone used his natural song writing ability along with his people skills to score a couple of noteworthy collaborations. The first was with Jamaican dancehall artist Tajji on a single called “Girls World” and the second was with popular emerging artist Javon J on “Temporary Love.” The reaction from members of the public to the release of both tracks is proof positive that though jlawremone got into the music business as a result of a tragedy, this is definitely where he belongs.

As he continues to push forward, he is now working on a possible record with popular dancehall artist Kranium. Additionally, he has just released the official video for “Temporary Love” and is working with his team on the song’s promotion.

Anyone wanting to work with jlawremone, in any capacity, may do so by sending an email to him at andrejlawmusic@gmail.com. Persons are also encouraged to follow him on all his social media sites: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jlaw.remone), Twitter (https://twitter.com/jlawremone) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/Jlawremone).

 

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