Local talents overlooked ...says J'mi following Fantasia's promise to sign him

March 24, 2016
Jermaine Barnaby/Freelance Photographer Fantasia performing on Blues On The Green at Emancipation Park on Friday.
Norbert smellie J'mi, real name Jamie Wilmott, awaits his turn to sing as he shares the stage with Fantasia at the recently held Blues on the Greens concert.
Contributed J'mi


Aspiring recording artiste J'mi says he had an early indication that Fantasia had an eye for his talent even before her promise to sign him recently.

According to the student/artiste, Fantasia visited Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts and listened to him along with a few other talents prior to her show on Friday night at Emancipation Park in New Kingston. During the visit at his school, J'mi said he noticed that Fantasia seemed particularly impressed with his presentation.

"During her visit to Edna Manley College, four final-year students from the School of Music - Anna Mariah Morris, Jamila James, Sabrina Nembhard, and myself - performed for her. Her response to my performance was very humbling, and I was even more honoured when she asked me to sing with her at the concert," J'mi, who has been singing since age nine, told THE WEEKEND STAR.

Although excited about her promise to sign him, the artiste also stated that young talents in Jamaica are sometimes overlooked. Still, he believes that good music will eventually prevail.


diverse styles


"In some cases they are overlooked, but my view on life is that whatever is meant to be, will be. They need to encourage them and be open to more diverse styles, sounds, and forms of musical expressions," he said.

Though reggae and dancehall are the dominant genres in Jamaica, J'mi says he specialises in classic R&B. He also draws influence from James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston, Romain Virgo, Tessanne Chin, Fantasia, BeyoncÈ and Joshua Ledet.

The artiste will complete his degree this year and looks to spend more time creating music following his completion.

"My final exam will be in the form of a show on May 13. In addition to that, I do a bit of writing now and then and occasional gigs," he said.

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