Jobe Hill Records recording artiste Influential was in top form on New Year's Day as he produced a brilliant performance during the 'Jah Love Surround Me' concert at Bumper Lawn in Claremont, St Ann, that left thousands of fans buzzing with
Performing on tracks, he immediately had the crowd jumping as he sang Road Hog. The crowd erupted into cheering with flags waving and vuvuzuelas spanking the air in glee. He was forced to pull up the song from the top and performed it again, and the ovations just got louder, drowning out the song. The selector then pulled up the song and he performed it for a third time as Bumper Lawn rocked and swayed, the forwards coming from every corner of the venue.
After that, Influential calmed the audience with Black Flag, and then performed his current radio hit, Suffer, for which he earned a forward. He closed his set with the soulful Cancer, urging patrons to get tested for the disease.
"Mi a urge the females to get mammograms and the man dem need fi get dem regular check-up," he said, as he performed the sombre song.
Influential lost both his parents to cancer a few years ago, so his life has been touched by this terrible disease. Cancer refers to a broad group of diseases involving unregulated cell growth. In cancer, cells divide and grow uncontrollably, forming malignant tumors, and invading nearby parts of the body.
Influential has been generating a big buzz with his latest radio hit, Suffer, on the Jobe Hill Records label. The video has been in excellent rotation on SWAG TV, HYPE TV, CVM PLUS and MD TV. He has also done a number of interviews, including Suzie Q's Video Alley top 10 and TVJ's E Prime, to promote the project.
The artiste first made his recording debut in 2005 with the track Drugs and Guns, which was produced by Richard Foster aka Brother Richie from the Platinum Force label. But he really ignited the imagination of the public with the monster hit Road Hog, which criticised the reckless drivers who often cause carnage on Jamaican roads.
"Music must be a medium to convey major emotions. I believe that the message is everything, I am not criticising the catchy songs, but you need solid songs that can reflect the continuing black struggle," Influential said.