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Jahaziel

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
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"Jahaziel from south London releases his debut album "Ready To Live" in 2007. About his music the MC says: "It's about love. Love for God, love for mankind and love for music.""



Featuring
To date, Jahaziel has built a name for himself in the underground United Kingdom music scene making guest appearances on the hits of others. Some of those that have had the opportunity to feature Jahaziel in their work include Lemar, Craig David, US R&B singer Monica, Stacie Orrico, Four Kornerz, Nina Jayne, Nathan Prime and Raymond & Co. He also made a guest appearance on two tracks for Daniel Bedingfield's platinum-selling and Grammy nominated album Gotta Get Thru This (2002).

Stage Performances
He has appeared on stage with many of those artists plus other notables like Kim Burrell and platinum-selling United States Gospel artist Kirk Franklin. For an extensive period he was the choice rapper for leading UK production outfit Blacksmith before stepping out to begin creating his own path. He has also featured heavily on the live circuit, which included co-founding the London Hip Hop collective Zion Noiz.

Style
Jahaziel represents an explosive mix of hard-hitting rhymes and captivating stage-craft that enables his message through Hip Hop to make it's mark with any audience. But thats only the start. His additional influence may come as a surprise for some when they hear Jahaziel twist the script, reggae/dancehall style.

Reggae
Owing to a Jamaican bloodline and musical input from his Uncle Maxi Priest, Jahaziel is no stranger to the notion of sound systems and reggae culture. Add to that his upbringing in multi-cultural London, its safe to say that this rapper is guaranteed to bring a fresh approach to the worldwide hip hop game.

Music
He incorporates elements of all his experiences to produce music that not only impacts musical taste buds but acts as a positive force to the effect of giving listeners something to think about.

Nominations: MOBO
Jahaziel is nominated for a MOBO award in the category "Best Gospel" for the 2007 ceremony. The MOBO (Music of Black Origine) Awards is launched in 1996 as the first black awards show in Europe. The show is held in London, United Kingdom.

MOBO Awards
The second year in 2008 the artist could bring the MOBO award home for "Best Gospel" in 2008.

Video "In My Neighbourhood"
Jahaziel is proud to present his video "In My Neighbourhood" (2009), an anti-gun crime track in which he challenges the cause and effects of this reality, while confronting mentalities and perceptions surrounding this issue. Born and bred in South London, Jahaziel echoes the facts of inner-city life, combining personal knowledge from his own past experiences with the events now witnessed in the community.
The video premiered at BET Networks in the United States, United Kingdom and Africa on Easter Sunday April 12th 2009, and will be on rotation on MTV, Channel U, Flava and all other Media and TV Networks.
This is a major development for Jahaziel who will be working on a string of projects with BET.

Albums
The MC released his debut album "Ready To Live" on Preacha Boy Music in 2007.

Sources: Press release: Preacher Boy Music are pleased to announce the official world premiere of the new video by MOBO Award winning artist – Jahaziel, April 20th 2009 - www.hhhdb.com


Discography

The album is released on July 26th, 2007.

1. Power
2. Ready To Live
3. Help Me God
4. You Got Yours - featuring Melody of Nu Soul
5. In My Neighbourhood
6. Trust - featuring Sister Jones and S2 of New Direction
7. Makings of Me
8. That's What Friends Are For - featuring Kojo Kod'j
9. Nobody's Fool
10. Keep It Hot - featuring GP
11. Jesus
12. God Love - featuring Semele
13. Til Ya Crown Comes
14. Father I Turn - featuring Ryan Carty

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Bio

Hip Hop is now the big selling and most influential music genre worldwide. It comprises of lyrics from the heart and truthfully expresses the realities of life. Widely considered one of the most talented and innovative Hip Hop artists, in the UK and internationally, Jahaziel has been causing a stir on the music scene for almost a decade. He delivers explosive and hard-hitting rhymes that enable his message to impact any audience.

Being a sought after rapper, Jahaziel initially built a name for himself featuring on tracks with major artists including Lemar, Craig David, and US R&B singer Monica, causing him to be high profile. For an extensive period he was the choice rapper for leading UK production outfit Blacksmith before stepping out to begin creating his own path. He was courted by major record labels, yet could not compromise his lyrics in exchange for mainstream success.
Jahaziel featured heavily on the live circuit, co-founding the London Hip Hop collective Zion Noiz. To date, Jahaziel has also made a guest appearance on two tracks for Daniel Bedingfield’s platinum-selling and Grammy nominated album ‘Gotta Get Thru This’. Furthermore he has appeared on stage with gospel greats, including Kim Burrell and platinum-selling US Gospel artist Kirk Franklin, while having collaborated with UK artists Four Kornerz and Raymond & Co.
Defining his music as God-inspired, it includes the gospel message, yet also deals with real life issues of the human experience. Jahaziel is a man on a mission; He travels the world constantly sharing his faith through hip hop and reggae music with lyrics speaking deep truths and resulting in being a positive force. Recognising music as a powerful communicative tool, Jahaziel knows the Hip Hop genre is a language many understand, and it especially strikes a chord with this generation.

Driven by his love for God, love for mankind and love for music, Jahaziel has a heart for all people, and specifically possesses a passion for the youth. With his own past experiences of seeing no option except to make a life through crime, Jahaziel understands the minds of young people caught up in street culture and ghetto lifestyle. He is able to relate to the feelings of hopelessness they face, yet Jahaziel comes to shine the light in darkness. For many years he has been involved in extensive youth projects, leading workshops and initiatives in educational institutes and prisons for young men who especially need reaching. Jahaziel feels a huge sense of responsibility towards them and desires to encourage and empower youth. He performs in schools, colleges and universities throughout the country.

Utilising his phenomenal gift, Jahaziel incorporates his music with youth work. Through honest lyrics, he delivers powerful messages with positive, thought-provoking music. Yet he also has a wide appeal and desires to reach everyone. Above all, Jahaziel always wants to inspire all people to get closer to God.

He is also influenced by Reggae/Dancehall owing to a Jamaican bloodline and a familiarity with the culture, which is evident in Jahaziel’s music. His Uncle, Maxi Priest has been a huge influence in his music. In addition, his upbringing in multi-cultural London has enabled him to bring a fresh approach to music. Unafraid to take risks, Jahaziel’s musical creativity has pushed parameters and generated a reputation as a pioneer. He is truly a unique and inspirational individual; an exciting artist who has captured the imagination of audiences and caught the attention of the music world.

All these factors led to Jahaziel winning a MOBO award for Best Gospel Act in 2008, nominated for a MOBO award in 2007 and winning two Oasis awards in 2006; Best Male and Best Holy Hip Hop Artist. It proved to be a pivotal year as he also featured on ‘The New Sound of Gospel’ album, his first official release. Jahaziel’s first track ‘You Got Yours’ can be found on the compilation which features some of the very best in US & UK contemporary Gospel music. This proved Jahaziel as an instrumental part of the developing diverse sound of gospel music and created international exposure on a new level.

Since then Jahaziel has completed his critically acclaimed award winning album ‘Ready To Live’, in which he has received rave reviews. He recently headlined Flavor Fest, a Christian Hop Hip conference in Florida, US. The conference is renowned all over the world and has attracted tens of thousands of people over the years. For a UK Hip Hop act to headline this conference is a great achievement, and is proof UK hip hop is breaking ground in the US. Jahaziel was greatly received and endeavours to embark on a US tour next year.

Jahaziel recently came back from a mission’s trip in Pakistan. Organised by UK Charity - Release: Potential. Jahaziel and 9 other volunteers served and sent aid to persecuted Christians in Pakistan. This involved visiting Christians wrongfully imprisoned for their faith, and servin