Empire Isis changes controversial name

International recording artiste Empire Isis has decided to drop the 'Isis' part of her stage name and rebrand into the new year.

"Its time to drop the 'Isis' part of my name given recent developments in international geo-politics," she said about the now controversial moniker. 

"My name is inspired by the Egyptian Goddess Isis and my North African roots, asides from the fact that thousands of girls around the world are named Isis and can't change their names. I pray that a band of thugs will not take away from these girls the true beauty and sacredness of the meaning of their names."      

The 'band of thugs'  is a reference to the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, the terrorist group that controls vast swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria, and more recently, stoked violent acts in Ankara, Beirut, Paris and San Bernardino, California. 

She will now be referred to as Empire I, simple and short.

The entertainer has had a challenging year. In late April, the artiste sustained multiple injuries including a fractured skull and several broken bones from a near fatal car accident. She was admitted to the Kingston Public Hospital and subsequently airlifted to Canada for treatment.

"The accident happened on April 26th 2015 in Granspen, St Thomas. I had a fractured skull in multiple places, with just titanium keeping all that together, the obliteration of my sinuses on the right side of my face, broken arm, broken wrist, broken nose, hematomas, blood in the eye, the list goes on. I am just grateful to be alive," she said.  

Still recovering but feeling strong enough after the accident, Empire I recently returned to Jamaica to promote a slate of new songs. 

She is known for songs such as Come With Me, Ignite, Nana Power, Get Up On It, Passion, Bang Bang, and Fi Di Man Dem.

She has had song placements in ​numerous ​network and cable shows and her music has been used in advertisements for Cover Girl makeup featuring Queen Latifah and Drew Barrymore. She recently landed another successful placement in HBO's popular comedy series, Girls, with her single, Get Up On It, being used in the promotional ads for the upcoming season starting February 24th 2016 (Clink the link at http://youtu.be/Q-ehvqJjiec ). Movies and videos games are all on her long list of collaborations with her catalogue.

Born in Wales to a Moroccan father and British mother, she was raised in Morocco. At age seven, she moved to Montreal, where she lived with her two brothers, mother, and Ugandan/Yemeni stepfather. 

At the age of 16, Empire I moved to Costa Rica for school and began a four-year trip around the world, living with small and marginalised communities. Her love for music and anthropology led her to visit and live in 30 different countries, and to eventually put her experiences to music.

She recorded her debut album Empress Gangstress in part at Bob Marley's legendary Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston. It featured reggae singers Bushman and Half Pint. Empire I has played in over 20 different countries all over the world. She has since put out four albums and countless singles in various languages and styles mixing dancehall, electro and hip hop.

Since 2012, Empire I has been collaborating with a variety of producers in and out of Jamaica including Truckback, Jam 2, J. Hennessy, Sam Diggy, Frassman Brilli and Rebel Camp Entertainment and Got It Records "Scheme Up" riddim. 

Watch out for Empire I's new video for the single Confidence on the Cartwheel Riddim coming in 2016.