Jermaine Michaels declares 'Am a Soldier'
Former Digicel Rising Stars contestant Jermaine Michaels is getting major props for the reggae-flavoured single, 'Am a Soldier' which was released on May 23rd on the Big Dreams Production label. The song which preaches the power of perseverance in the face of insurmountable odds has struck a chord with the Jamaican public.
The artiste, who placed third in the contest in 2010, has been working steadily on his craft to fine-tune a new distinctive sound. He showcases that sound on his latest single, 'Am a Soldier'
"After entering Rising Star in 2010, not many producers were willing to help, but one morning when I rise up I was there meditating and I heard a voice saying 'you are a soldier and don't give up until you reach your goal'...so I just started singing am a soldier and there and then words just start coming," he said.
“This song is for every teenage mother faced with the decision to go back to school, for every young male trying to avoid the clutches of gang violence, for every ghetto youth who ever had a dream and felt that no one believed in that dream. We are all soldiers in the army of life,” Michaels said.
Jermaine Michaels has had a challenging time in music. He got recognition for songs such as 'Cornerstone' and a collaboration with Etana called 'Who Is Responsible for This?" but never got mainstream success. Last year, he signed to Big Dreams Productions which is owned by Sikona Blagrove aka Fadda Biggz, and now Michaels is working with one of Jamaica's top engineer Karl Morrison, and label songwriter Ra Deal.
"For the last few years, I have been writing music. I believe in myself and I have perseverance, so I know that one day I will reach my goals. I want to encourage all up coming artistes to hold on to your dreams and never give up," he said.
He has upcoming shows in Barbados in July and another show confirmed for Oracabessa, St. Mary in December. There are plans to release an EP in September.
"We have a EP coming out soon because right now we are in the studio putting some good songs together, so the fans can look out for that," he said.