Jessie James: the latest dancehall game changer
Inspired Music Concepts recording artiste Jessie James is the
latest game changer in dancehall to emerge from the city of Montego Bay,
The ultra-talented 25-year-old deejay is raising eyebrows with the breakout single, Flying Colours,
a song that is getting great airplay on IRIE, ZIP103 and Hitz 92 FM.
The video for the song was released last week, and has been put in
rotation on HYPE, RE, MD TV and CVM.
“The video ah shot, when I premiered it on HYPE TV, my phone just blew up, crazy pings and messages,” he said.
Flying Colours is the title track of his first EP which was released late last year. Last month, he also released his mixtape dubbed Life Journeys,
an eclectic mix of urban music with cover songs of Rihanna and Chris
Brown, many original dancehall songs and a sensational reggae-dubstep
tune Roll It Up.
“The mixtape shows just how versatile Jessie James can be, and I am expecting great things because the feedback on Flying Colours has been great on Twitter and Facebook, hopefully that will lead to sales on iTunes and other download sites,” he said.
Born April 7, 1988, he is the sixth of eight children for his
parents. He grew up in Camperdown, St Catherine, where he began singing
at a very young age, even entering the church choir. His life changed
dramatically when his mother died suddenly when he was only six. After
this, Jessie and his siblings were split up and brought up in different
children’s homes all over Jamaica.
“It was tough growing up without my family close to me, but it made me stronger,” he said.
Music was the one constant source of joy and comfort, and he
would often sing to lift his spirits. At 15, he began to pen his own
lyrics, and even teamed up with friends to form the group Faith. The
group performed at several local functions and church events, but the
run was short-lived, breaking up when Jessie was shipped off to another
children’s home. He continued to fine-tune his music skills and through
his various musical influences, which include Michael Jackson, Bob
Marley, Kenny Rogers, Sizzla, Chris Brown, and Junior Gong, he began to
craft his unique sound.
Being a versatile singer, Jessie has the ability to tackle a
whole host of different genres like soul, R&B, reggae and dancehall.
He has since been featured on a single with renowned MoBay artiste
Rickey Teetz and the video for the track Wen We A Party has been on regular rotation for the past few months.
“The Wen We A Party video really put me out there and gave
me a lot of new fans, and I have to big up Rickey Teetz for that
opportunity, and Phantom for believing in me,” he said.