Seaview Gardens product Rally Banks eyeing stardom
Dancehall singjay Rally Banks is pleased with the reaction to his latest single, Pressure Is On, since its official release last month.
"The response to Pressure Is On has been great so far, people really love it. The video is now available on YouTube and HYPE and RE TV, and other video outlets will begin rotation soon," he said.
Rally Banks, given name Mikael Elleston, hails from the tough inner-city area of Seaview Gardens.
The 18-year-old is a former student of St Andrew Technical High School. He is embracing his role as the next big prospect from Seaview Gardens, a community that has yielded such incredible talents as Bounty Killer, Shabba Ranks, Elephant Man, Harry Toddler, and Dexta Daps.
"I am a humble youth, so I don't see myself as a star, but I really feel great about all the love I am getting from the residents of Seaview Gardens. I know I won't let them down, I am going to work hard to fly the banner high," he said.
Two years ago, Rally Banks vaulted into the spotlight when he entered the Magnum Kings and Queens contest.
Then earlier this year, he inked a recording deal with Billboard chart-topping producer Rohan Fuller after the producer saw a video.
"I did a video of myself singing a song called Purpose that went viral on Facebook. Then (popular producer) Jah Snowcone reached out to me and we started doing some work together, real recognise real," he said.
Eventually, Snowcone recorded both Pressure is On and Purpose and released both under his Coney Hill Records imprint.