Michaelstar salutes 'Jamaica' in debut reggae single
He was too young to remember what took place on his first visit to Jamaica, but singer Michaelstar has always felt comfortable in the country his parents were born.
The 18-year-old artiste salutes the Caribbean country on Jamaica, a pop/reggae song which was recently released.
It is the Brooklyn-born Michaelstar's first shot at reggae. The song is produced by Jvon On Da Beat.
"The most satisfying thing for me is how comfortable I feel recording a reggae/pop song, quite different from the type of music I've done before," he said.
Based in Atlanta, Michaelstar has dabbled in hip hop and Rhythm and Blues, but he has strong reggae genes.
His father is Mikey Spice, a singer/musician who made a name in Jamaica, South Florida and the United States East Coast.
Spice had sizable hits with Practice What You Preach and Grab Yuh Lass, and has released a number of albums. His son does not feel pressured to make a similar impact.
"My dad's expectations of me is held at a high standard. He expects me to put my all in my love for music and my performances," he explained. Michaelstar first visited Jamaica at five months-old and has returned several times since. His next trip is booked for May to promote Jamaica and possibly make some links.
"Hopefully, other reggae artistes will extend an invitation on a collaboration," he said.