Jesse Royal, Etana
Tue Mar 20
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 12:00 am)
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Currently residing back and forth between Hawaii and California, J Boog has been working incessantly since the release of his debut album "Hear Me Roar" (2007). He followed that up with his sophomore album "Backyard Boogie" (2011) which topped the US Billboard Charts and iTunes charts in numerous countries.
J Boog has shared his craft & has toured around the world: Europe, Africa, Dubai, New Zealand, Australia, The US & Japan all have felt the authenticity of J Boog.
Jerry helped pave the way for many Polynesian artists with the help of island music pioneer George "Fiji" Veikoso. The two met in 2005. They immediately clicked and created a sound that opened many doors for the Polynesian community. In 2008, J Boog joined Hawaii/San Francisco based recording & record label, Wash House Music Group Inc. Together they've been on a journey thats most promising with endless limits.
Shortly after that, J Boog teamed up with Yami Bolo & Gramps Morgan of reggaeʻs royal family, Morgan Heritage. They embarked on a journey to have J Boog witness the culture of Jamaican music & history. This being Jerry’s first visit to Jamaica, he was completely overwhelmed & found himself working in historic studios: Bob Marley's "Tuff Gong Studio", Don Corlean's "Hit Maker Studio", Bobby Digitals "Digital B Studio", Shaggy’s "Big Yard Studio" & Sugar Minotts "Youth Man Promotions". All very prestigious recording artists & compounds. He was constantly surrounded by several artists he had been influenced by and many of these artists where featured on his 2011 release Backyard Boogie. Backyard Boogie entertained a wide spectrum of reggae fans, old & new. It gave a variety of roots, r&b, lovers rock and good vibes. Hits included: Let’s Do It Again produced by Don Corleon and Sunshine Girl produced by Gramps Morgan featuring Morgan Heritage front man Peetah Morgan.
The success of Backyard Boogie earned J Boog Best Entertainer Award at the 2012 Irawma Awards held in Chicago, IL. A year later, he dropped a 5 song EP called "Live Up" & a mix-tape collaboration with fashionista powerhouse Diamond Supply Co. His most recent EP "Rose Petals" (2016) peaked the US Billboards & iTunes Charts at #1 & was nominated for Best Reggae Album of the Year at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. It featured hip hop mogul Snoop Dog & six time Grammy Award winner Stephen "Ragga" Marley. The Rose Petals EP was just a little foreplay to what would become his next full length album called "Wash House Ting".
A true student of music; you can catch J Boog on worldwide tours across the globe, on radio interviews or in the studio working on new material. His humility has gained him true fans everywhere he goes while exercising, MUSIC IS THE ONLY UNIVERSAL TONGUE. Stay tuned....
one of her sons to the world, proclaiming “he will be a psalmist, declaring righteousness and justice
throughout creation.” As Jesse matured into a young lion, his mother observed in him a strong sense
of integrity and a natural ability to positively affect those around him. But, it was his deep spirituality,
passion for life and unique connection to music that would convince her that he was being molded to
be used by the Creator.
Jesse David Leroi Grey, aka Jesse Royal, was born April 29, 1989. He enjoyed his early years in the
hills of Maroon Town and the District of Orange in St. James before moving in the late 90’s with his
mother and brother to join his father in Kingston. As fate would have it, Royal developed a special
relationship with Daniel ‘Bambaata’ Marley (son of Ziggy Marley) at school. His friendship with Daniel
proved to be fuel to the fire as they shared a deep passion for music and football. Their friendship
evolved as they spent a great part of their childhood together. Soon the natural inclination confirmed
they were simply brothers with different mothers. As these cubs became lions so grew their devotion
to music. With the help of longtime friend Curt ‘Qban’ White they began composing and creating
their own music. And together they proceeded to fulfill what they knew was a predestined musical
journey, designed to inspire, engage and unite people beyond all geographic borders.
After Jesse returned home from schooling abroad, he reestablished a relationship with high school
friend and young producer Kareem ‘Remus’ Burrell (son of Philip ‘Fatis’ Burrell). They began
creating and composing music together also, which developed into a Movement as they shared
similar views on the social state of Jamaica.
Blessed with a voice that captures the pain and hunger of a ‘downtrodden’ people; Royal’s militant
character and profound lyricism caught the heart of heralded reggae producer, Philip ‘Fatis’ Burrell.
Fatis Burrell, affectionately called ‘Father’ had a great and pure impact on the ‘old soul’ of Jesse; as
he credits him as an invaluable inspiration and one of the most influential individuals that he has
Working with musicians such as Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Donald Dennis, Earl ‘Chinna’
Smith and Monty Savory; Jesse is currently in the studio putting the final touches on his debut album
with producer Kareem Burrell of the XTM.Nation. Jesse Royal also recently released his debut
mixtape dubbed ‘Misheni’, which means ‘The Mission’ in Swahili.
￼￼my mom used to play.”
!Etana’s story begins in August Town, a treacherous but culturally rich garrison community in eastern Kingston that has produced such musical talents as Sizzla and Israel Vibration. Growing up, Etana’s home was filled with music, but it was country and western that she recalls leaving the biggest impression. “Every Sunday was country music day,” says Etana. “A lot of people in Jamaica play gospel music on a Sunday, or old rub-a-dub. In my house it was country, like Dolly Parton. Tammy Wynette was my favorite of all the artists
!Etana’s family relocated to South Florida when she was nine and it was there she began her music career, almost by accident, while studying nursing at a local community college. “I had no interest in being an artist,” Etana declares.“I was just bored and a friend of mine told me that there was a request for a black female to join a girl group in Miami. He brought me to the audition, and that was it.”
!It wasn’t long before the proud and independent-minded singer realized that being in a prefabricated group wasn’t for her. Objecting to the group’s presentation during a music video shoot involving skimpy clothes and invasive camera angles, she quit on the spot. It was at this time that she decided to return home to Jamaica with plans of opening an Internet cafe. However, music would find her there as well, when she was recommended by a friend to fill in as a backup singer for reggae star Richie Spice.
!“Being on the road with Richie Spice, I was very comfortable being myself, wearing what I wanted to wear,” Etana recalls of her time touring with the “Earth A Run Red” singer. “Nobody had a problem with my afro.” The gig turned into an unexpected opportunity when Etana was asked to warm up the crowd at a show where Spice was runninglate.“Itwasnothingrehearsed,justcovers,”states Etana.“Butpeoplestartedtoask:‘Whowasthegirl?’ Management for Richie Spice kept asking me to do a song, and ‘Wrong Address’ was the first song that I wrote.”
￼!Inspired by a true story experienced by her own aunt, “Wrong Address” detailed job discrimination as faced by residentsofpoorcommunitiessuchasAugustTown.ThesongresonateddeeplyinJamaica,establishing Etanaasa powerful new voice with a distinct point of view rooted in the realities of working-class life.
!From the beginning, Etana found she had an uphill battle to fight as a woman in reggae. She and her management consciously set about creating a change.“It seemed like females were never dealt with fairly,” Etana reflects.“They were still paid less than men, disregarded as not being important on the flyer.The mission was to teach [people in reggae] how to treat a female artist.”
!The world’s largest distributer of reggae music,VP Records, recognized Etana’s talents. In 2008, the label released her debut LP, The Strong One. The album, which combined Etana’s reggae sound with aspects of R&B and world music, was embraced by fans as well as the music industry, landing the singer a nomination in the “best reggae” category at the MOBO Awards in England.
￼!After several years touring around the world, Etana returned in 2011 with her second album Free Expressions. The
album consisted of production from Kemar “Flava” McGregor, Clifton “Specialist” Dillon, Steven Stanley and the lateJoelChin.Thesetincludedthehit“PeopleTalk,”whichdetailed Etana’sownexperiencesfacingskepticismas a woman in the music industry, as well as favorites like “Free,” “August Town” and “Heart Broken.” The latter song topped Natty B ' s chart in the UK for three consecutive weeks. 2011 also saw Etana return to her country roots with a cover of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” on the VP Records compilation Reggae Gone Country. Her rendition of Cline’s country classic was praised as one of the standout tracks on an LP that featured such reggae luminaries as Beres Hammond and Luciano.
!In 2013, Etana partnered with Jukeboxx Recordings producer Shane Brown (Busy Signal,Tarrus Riley) for her thirdLP,ABetterTomorrow,recordedatKingston’slegendaryTuffGongStudios.Thealbumbrought Etanabackto reggae’s foundation via vintage sounds and one-drop rhythms, earning praise from the Associated Press for its “mature and confident sound,” “top-notch lyrical content” and “unique vocals.” “Shane Brown automatically would go to my vision as if he was in my mind,” Etana remembers of the process behind A Better Tomorrow.“He would finish the stories for me. It was as if he heard every word out of mouth as far as I wanted the sound to be.” The same year, Etana held her own at the IRAWMA (International Reggae and World Music Awards) in Coral Springs, Florida. She hosted the annual ceremony and took home the award for Best Female Vocalist. Marcia Griffiths, Queen Ifrica,Allison Hinds, Patrice Roberts and Nkulee Dube were also nominated in this category.
￼￼!Now in 2015, Etana continues her forward movement becoming the first female to achieve a Reggae Billboard #1 in seventeen years with I Rise, album produced by Jamaican luminary Clive Hunt (Peter Tosh, Rolling Stones, The Wailers, Chaka Khan, Grace Jones, Jimmy Cliff).The album reflects the singer’s ongoing maturity while maintaining the R&B-inflected take on reggae that she’s come to be known for, showcasing the diversity of a true musical Renaissance woman. “Trigger,” which tells the story of an educated but underemployed young man driven to desperate measures in order to take care of his cancer-stricken mother, is the album’s lead single and a follow up of sorts to “Wrong Address.” On the complete opposite spectrum is the album’s second single “Richest Girl,” a reggae love ballad with sweeping strings and jazzy horns over a classic one-drop riddim. “Emancipation” is a spiritual anthem with an uptempo dance beat and dub effects that sounds like it could have been recorded during one of Sly and Robbie’s classic sessions at Chris Blackwell’s Compass Point Studios in the 1980s. Speaking of Sly and Robbie, reggae’s legendary Riddim Twins supply the backbeat and their unmistakeable vibes on “Ward 21 (Stenna’s Song),” a dub-inflected track detailing a man’s descent into madness.What does each track on the diverse set have in common with the next? They all have a message. "I RISE" is classified as Etana's best album to date by many and listed as the number one album of 2014 and also in the top five of thirty albums that were released in said year. Etana plans to continue to tour "I RISE" for 2015 and is very grateful for all the love and support from her fans.
!“I Rise says a lot,” Etana says.“Over the years I’ve learned a lot and in the learning process came a lot of pain and struggle. And to see the growth and see hard work pay off, felt really really good. Each time I go through a hard day or any kind of struggle and obstacle, I get up that next day and I rise out of any kind of bad mood or energy, and move on in a positive direction. My hope is this album will be inspirational and be like medicine for those in the struggle.”
￼!Inspiring others is nothing new for Etana. From the outset of her career with “Wrong Address”—a track which led many to re-evaluate how they look at others from different socio-economic backgrounds—she has been instigating change. Four albums into her career, Etana has become a role model in Jamaica with her message and action.
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