SUNSET SESSIONS: DUANE STEPHENSON & JAH LILMay 11, 2019 - Surfclub, Ostend, Belgium.
Sunset Sessions: Duane Stephenson & Jah Lil
When: May 11, 2019 | Where: Surfclub, Koning Boudewijnpromenade, Ostend, Belgium | Starts: 17:00 | End: ?? | Tickets: Free
Duane Stephenson has distinguished himself as a respected singer and songwriter with a purity of heart and sound that can be felt from the first note of his melodic instrument. From the quality of his voice to his potent lyrics and memorable melodies, he ably addresses a variety of issues, ranging from powerful social commentary, to romance. Duane’s work as a singer and songwriter are reflective of his early artistic exposure to the music industry veterans, many of whom have provided guidance and inspiration along his path.
His first album titled ‘From August Town’ was released on Cannon/VP Records in 2008 and was produced by one of his musical mentors, the legendary Jamaican saxophonist Dean Fraser. The latter recognized Duane’s talent early on and together they crafted an exceptional debut. The album was heralded by Billboard magazine as one of six albums “collectively galvanizing a roots reggae revival”.
Duane’s second album ‘Black Gold’ was released on VP Records in 2010 and was nominated for the 2010 Album of the Year at Jamaica’s EME (Excellence in Music & Entertainment) Awards. The album peaked at #1 on the Jamaica Music Countdown, with some of reggae’s most innovative artists like dub poet and cultural icon Mutabaruka, Grammy-Award winning singer Gramps Morgan and firebrand singer Queen Ifrica. Duane also notably collaborated with legendary musicians The Wailers to write ‘A step for mankind’ which was done in benefit of the United Nations World Food Programme. In 2014 Duane released the album ‘Dangerously Roots’ to critical and popular acclaim. For many, this third album solidified him as a Reggae singer of exceptional quality.
Duane Stephenson continues along his musical journey, consistently creating music that uplifts and enlightens in fulfillment of his greater mission for the betterment of humanity.
Duane Stephenson is expected to come on stage at about 20:00.
Like the siren on an emergency vehicle in heavy traffic, is the voice and message of reggae artist Jah Lil. Born Jerome Adrian Smith on November 1st 1990 in Kingston Jamaica, he became a young singing star at school as he participated in morning devotions and concerts while at Rousseau Primary school. As a student at Jamaica College, he became a member of the school’s first “All Together Sing” competition choir. He later sang at numerous weddings, funerals and church concerts. Jah Lil attributes his ability to sing, write songs and play the keyboard as a God given gift, as he has no formal training.
In 2011 Jah Lil met and teamed up with musician/producer John Williams of Almond Productions for whom he wrote, sang, entered and won the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (J.C.D.C.) Gospel song competition with the song “We Need”. He also won three sectional prizes for best performance, best arranged song and best lyrics. Jah Lil’s unique vocal stylings later caught the ears of noted musician/producer Danny Brownie of Main Street Records who approached him and has so far recorded and released two songs entitled “One Wrong One Right” and “Siren”. Both songs are featured on VP Records “Strictly The Best” 2014 and 2015 compilation albums.
Jah Lil’s goal in life is to become a voice to the voiceless. His songs are about whatever he or others have experienced in life, whether it be good or bad as well as songs of love, inspiration, encouragement, hope and solutions.