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Jermaine Riley

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WHO IS HE? Singing-writing-producing-dancing machine Jermaine Riley is the talented young man set to make a big splash on the UK’s R’n’B scene.

HE LOOKS KIND OF FAMILIAR… he was formerly one third of R’n’B trio FDM (previously Fun*dmental) but went solo when the group disbanded.

CHECK OUT… tracks like ‘Hello Earth’, ‘Key To The City’ as well as his YouTube cover of Chris Brown’s ‘Don’t Judge Me’.

BIT OBSESSED WITH SUPERMAN, AREN’T YOU? It’s a nickname I was given during my graphic design days. I changed the Superman image to look like me and put it up on MySpace with my music – it just stuck. I feel him as a character: he deals with the same day to day stuff we do but also the pressures his gifts and talents bring.

PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW… that I used to dance long before I started singing. I was obsessed with Michael Jackson – I would wear plimsoles and white socks with everything just so I could represent!

MY SUPERHEROES ARE… people like Michael Jackson, Usher, Beyoncé and Brandy. Prince is a massive hero of mine too, as well as Whitney Houston and Boyz II Men. I’m a fan of Ed Sheeran’s too.

MY KRYPTONITE IS… Lianne La Havas and Etta Bond. They’re both amazing and when I listen to them I can’t get over the tone of their voices. In terms of a song that is literally my kryptonite, it’s got to be ‘Gangnam Style’. It’s genius but I’ve had enough now.

Download Jermaine’s latest free EP All I’m About at jermaineriley.com - PRIDE MAGAZINE


In aid of his critically acclaimed LP ‘Hello Earth‘, Jermaine Riley releases the video for the guitar driven cut ‘Smallville’.

The follow up to ‘Key To The City’, the Lilian Ampon directed clip was launched by SUPERspective Entertainment last week, and is now available for your viewing pleasure above… - THAT GRAPE JUICE


London hailing (via Krypton) R&B singer/part time superhero on the rise Jermaine Riley unveils the latest music video from his Free LP release Hello Earth, for the Harmony produced “Smallville”.
Sticking closely with the Superman influenced project’s theme, the young singer takes the beautiful object of his affections back to his childhood farm home to give her a closer look at the man behind the the emblem and cape. Watch the official visual after the jump.

Sourced From: http://www.soulculture.co.uk/blogs/music-blog/musicvids/jermaine-riley-smallville-music-video/#ixzz1tlVyT2zE
- SOULCULTURE


On the verge of hitting 100,000 downloads of his debut album Hello Earth, Jermaine Riley drops yet another fly video for his hit single “Smallville”. Check it out! - Stuff Fly People Like


Ssup R&B famlay,
peep the new video from Ex FDM member Jermaine Riley from his heavyweight superman inspired mixtape “Hello Earth”
Enjoy and leave a comment if you get a moment.
Bless up
RH - Ronnie Herel


K singer Jermaine Riley wants to take you to Smallville. Featured on his free album Hello Earth, the song is a reference to Jermaine's nickname Superman. You can download Hello Earth now here. - Gorilla Leak


FORMER FDM front man, Jermaine Riley, has proved that he is as impressive as a solo artist as he was in the UK trio.

His first official single, Key To The City, featuring UK emcee, Donaeo, has already racked up thousands of hits on YouTube and will debut in the US on the popular 106 & Park on Monday (April 30).

The upbeat track suits Riley's classic R'n'B voice and his slick dance moves are effortless.

"Smoooooth! This is the? slickest video I've seen in a long time. And the song is awesome- catchy but soulful at the same time :D Love the lyrics too!" Wrote YouTube user Fashdam.

"Mr Riley is? more than gifted!" - THE VOICE NEWSPAPER


We caught up with Singer/Songwriter Jermaine Riley for a chat on Influences, Debut Album ‘Hello Earth‘ and plans for 2012. - INSPIRED BY MUSIC


Ben spoke with Jermaine Riley on the 'Ben & Amy' show on Saturday 7th April 2012.

They spoke about the begging of Jermaine career, his inspirations and his 'Hello Earth' EP.
- 105.9 Academy FM Folkestone


The Weekend Show with Drapes & Tara, Saturdays & Sundays 12PM-3PM on Bang Radio www.WeAreBang.com

RnB singing sensation, Jermaine Riley came into Bang Radio to catch up with Drapes & Tara, to talk about life, music, the reason for leaving FDM, working with Donaeo and he also drops an exclusive freestyle. - Bang Radio www.WeAreBang.com


You guys may know the R&B singer Jermaine Riley best as part of the boy band Fundamental a few years back. Now split from the group, Jermaine has been plugging his trade and has gathered up many bright connections to make his prodigious album 'Hello Earth'. Released last month, Jermaine has already notched up over 80,000 downloads. If you still haven't got yourself a copy, follow the links at the bottom of the screen (it's free!!!).

In the meantime, Jermaine Riley talks to MOBO.com about his new material and who he thinks will be big this year.

Are you working with any of the other boy’s (from former band Fundamental) on their projects?

Nah, I've heard good things in regards to their projects though. They're doing their individual things.



It sounds like you have been busy this past year what have you been up to?

Just been giving my heroes what they want really; I put out a mixtape, an album, a couple videos and I'm just grinding away, building awareness for my artistry. It's been going great. I'm learning a lot in the process too.



Who are your influences?

Growing up, mainly Michael Jackson, Usher, Boyz II Men, Brandy, Mary J. Blige and Whitney Houston. Nowadays I'm influenced by so many different artists. I love absorbing new music and discovering different vibes. I'm a huge fan of Drake, Ed Sheeran, Adele, Jhene Aiko, Frank Ocean and Lianne La Havas right now. Influenced by their great song writing and melodies.



What do you think of about the music scene in the UK at the moment?

I think it's beautiful. It's so lush and so many great acts are coming through. It's exciting to see/hear.



Do you plan on going back to crack the US?

I plan on going wherever my music will take me. America will be on the list no doubt, but right now I'm still building. I'm in no rush if I'm honest. All in God's time. I pray that's written in the stars for me.



Your brother is also a great singer does music run in the family?

As far as me and my brother go... then it stops. Hahaha! As a matter of fact, David and Michael Milliner from the UK group The Pasadenas are our 2nd cousins, and they were making moves in the 80's so I guess we aren't the first pair of brothers to be doing this.



He also appears on your album Hello Earth alongside Mark Asari, Donaeo, Cherri V and Lioness. How did the collaborations come about?

I just asked them straight up to be a part of the album. It's a blessing that they all wanted to be down. Everyone did an amazing job. I'm really proud of the album.



How was the recording process for Hello Earth?

Pretty organic. I recorded whatever came natural to me. That's generally how I write. I don't like to overthink lyrics and melodies. The whole album, aside from a couple of the featured verses, was recorded on my mac in my bedroom. I learned a lot about myself and I think I grew a bit vocally and writing wise during the recording process. I'm thankful to all the artists and producers who got involved.



You used to be a part of the writing collective ‘The Write House’ are you all still together?

Nah, everyone's doing their individual things and it didn't really get off the ground, although we still work together outside of it being labeled "Write House" stuff. Like, both Mark and Cherri are on my album and Harmony produced 2 tracks on it, which are both singles. When it was supposed to pop off, we got signed in the states and it really took us away from all the creative vibes we started. We were still writing on H's beats and co-writing for other acts but it just wasn't the same with us being so far away.



How did you get into graphic design?

I just started designing flyers for the group I was in during college. Playing around with pics and logos in photoshop and it just grew from there. I really REALLY got into during the MySpace wave when a lot of people and artists were asking me to design their profile pages. I've been graphic - MOBO


We caught up with singer/songwriter Jermaine Riley for a chat on Influences, Debut Album 'Hello Earth' and plans for 2012. We meet the man himself in Anaya Night Club in Mayfair.

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@Jermaine_Riley

Filmed & Edited by Ben Doyle. - INSPIRED BY MUSIC


Superman Jermaine Riley recently released his debut Album “Hello Earth”. Previously apart of group Fundamental03, we are glad to see Jermaine has continued his musical journey as a solo artist. The 11 track album showcases just how talented Jermaine is. The first track ‘Hello Earth’ has an American RnB chart topping feel to it, it’s the perfect song to play whilst driving in the Sunshine. Wonder Woman is the 2nd track on the album featuring UK Rapper Lioness. Jermaine’s vocals on the track could easily be compared to the likes of Usher and Chris Brown. The slow pace of the song gives off that classic RnB vibe and Lioness’s feature on the track brings in the British feel although, I believe the track would be a banger with or without Lioness on it. ‘There’s only one me’ is the 3rd track on the album and the beat brings in the 2012 dance vibe that’s all over the current charts. Not many RnB artists can pull off the dance tracks but Jermaine quite literally smashes it up! I absolutely love this track, it really does stand out for all the right reasons. ‘My Superspective’ is the 5th track on the album and my favourite track on the whole album. It’s a cross between British pop and RnB and is a real summer jam.

The 8th track titled ‘Peaceful’ features RnB artist Cherri V and it’s a collaboration made in musical heaven the combination of the two artists completely bring the track to life.

On a whole, ‘Hello Earth’ is a fantastic combination of British Pop, RnB and Dance. In some parts it can sound slightly repetitive but that could easily be changed by moving the track selection around. Jermaine Riley as an artist is what is needed on the UK music scene. I do feel however, that if he was to take this album to the USA he would become as big as R Kelly, Usher and Chris Brown as he has that feel good RnB sound to him and his vocal ability far outweighs some of the singers who are present within his genre. I am excited to see what else Jermaine has to offer throughout 2012. It really is time to support UK RnB artists; make sure you download this album FOR FREE at http://www.jermaineriley.com - IN-SPIRELS MAGAZINE


Jermaine Riley - Climax (Refix) HOOTT!! - I LOVE RNB MUSIC


Jermaine Riley never fails when it comes to dope refixes! Check out the talented UK artist as he remixes Usher x Diplo‘s ‘Climax’. - STUFF FLY PEOPLE LIKE


South London hailing R&B superhero on the rise Jermaine Riley is back to his good old refixing ways. Following the release of his debut solo FreeLP Hello Earth, Mr Riley takes on Usher‘s Diplo-produced electro-soul single “Climax,” and gives it the refix treatment and has given us the green light to SClusively present it to you guys. - SOULCULTURE


He’s been compared to Omarion and Usher and his latest single, 'Key To The City', has been busy racking up YouTube views. He was in one of the UK's most innovative R&B bands, Fun*dmental, and was signed to Ne-Yo’s label before deciding to fly solo. It’s pretty safe to say that Jermaine Riley is going to be an R&B force to be reckoned with in 2012. The Wrap Up’s Maz Khan caught up with the singer...

The Wrap Up: Hi Jermaine! So, after being in Fun*dmental, how does it feel being a solo act?

Jermaine Riley: There is a lot more freedom. I was in a group for 10 years, so a huge part of who I thought I was as an artist is missing now. But I’ve replaced that with a different type of confidence. Once you find your own signature and you know what you wanna represent, it makes it a lot easier. I think the first stage of me being a solo artist was difficult, but I found myself when I put out 'Key To The City' – which is why it is so significant to me, in terms of the look, vibes and feel. I’m a lot more comfortable now and now I feel that I can do this. I feel like I'm ready.

TWU: The Fun*dmental sound was definitely ahead of its time, yet never really reached mainstream success. How do you feel about that?

Jermaine Riley: I feel that we were recognised by our peers and fans, our following was huge! But people lose sight of the business side of things. The business side of it was not taken care of the way it should have been and our team wasn't right. I don't think we had the right players representing us when they needed to. We bounced from being with independent labels to major labels to Ne-Yo and all that, but it didn’t work because the team wasn't right, regardless of our situation. Our talent couldn't over-shadow the business side, and that is ultimately why I left the group. Not because I had beef with the guys, but because I didn't agree with the way we were moving forward. I had to do my own thing and find a new team.

TWU: So, what happened when you went to America?

Jermaine Riley: Before Ne-Yo came on board, it was pandemonium. We went on a school tour for four months around L.A and we really saw the potential of what we could be in America. When we joined Ne-Yo's company and it was kinda their responsibility to take us to that next level and help us create an album that would blow up globally. We recorded an album in Atlanta with Ne-Yo and were going to start touring with him in Europe. But, again, it was the business stuff. The label didn’t pay the money to get us on the European and Japanese tour. It just didn’t work out.

TWU: Describe your sound in three words...

Jermaine Riley: Fun, distinctive and emotive.

TWU: What did you hope to achieve with your album, 'Hello Earth'?

Jermaine Riley: I wanted to achieve respect as a songwriter and to build my fanbase so that people take note that I can do this by myself. That’s all I wanted to do with the album, which is why I didn't mind releasing it for free. People were like, 'Are you looking for a record label now then?' I was like, 'Not really!' That wasn’t the purpose of the album, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, and that wasn’t to get signed. I think I'm achieving what I wanted now, my following is growing and the respect is growing. My video for 'Key To The City' debuted on MTV Base and that was without a label or a budget behind the project, it was just people who believed in me, so I'm really thankful.

TWU: And lastly, where do you see yourself in the next few years?

Jermaine Riley: Last year taught me that so much can happen in six months. Ideally, I’d like to be in the seventh row at the Grammy Awards – not necessarily for my stuff, but for something I’ve been involved in. But I don't wanna put my dreams in a box, as anything can happen. Other than that, I'll be continuing to write for other artists. I’d also like to sign and work with other artists and just generally stay creative. For now, though, I’m just going to carry on doing a bunch of shows, live my dream and provide for my family. - MTV


ITB is one of the world's premier live music booking agencies, representing more than 300 artists. Jermaine joins the likes of; Adele, SEAL, David Guetta, Kelly Clarkson and Lenny Kravitz to name a few.

Contact Phyllis Belezos / Lucia Wade lucia@itb.co.uk l +44 (0)207 637 6979
- INTERNATIONAL TALENT BOOKING (ITB)


Lloyd Pursall who was originally born in London but grew up in Barry, South Wales is currently living in back in London where he studies Fashion photography at the London College of Fashion. As well as this and working for everybody’s favorite energy drink, Red Bull, Lloyd is also a freelance Stylist and Photographer. We caught up with him briefly about styling Jermaine Riley’s new music video which is now being played on MTV. - CARDIFF STYLE


".... This boy truly has SOUL.. with some pretty impressive dance moves to boot. His unique Motown-like tonality practically transported us all back in time, the only problem is I wish I had that same ability to help transport me back in time to hear him again." - COMTE DES CIERGES INTERNATIONAL LTD


Recently T.G.M. got in contact with Jermaine Riley, the singer of the song “Key to the City.”

Check It Out!!!

...... - T.G.M


Do you remember the UK boy band Fundamental back in the day?? They had some bangers! (sings along to Playground). Well 1/3 of the boy band Mr Jermaine Riley seems to be the only one who has been progressing since they broke up.

He’s released a few bangers over the year, including his sensation track There’s Only One Me. Now the singer hailing from London has released a new album entitled Hello Earth and you can download now for FREE!

You can never go wrong with a bit of free music ey? Make sure you get downloading guys. - PARDON MY BLOG


Jermaine Riley might not be a household name just yet but he's certainly worth keeping an eye on.

Hello Earth is Jermaine's latest release following his previous records; Goodbye Krypton (which was his debut record) and Nine Ten Eleven - The Refixes (which was composed of remakes.) Both of which along with a couple of his singles are all available for free download, just like this latest one.

Mixing soulful R&B with a cool hip hop dance rhythm, Hello Earth makes for a great club album or something to hold on to if you simply need some smoothing tracks for evening company.

Former member of Brit pop and R&B group, FMD, Jermaine Riley is slowly but surely carving a name for himself in the scene as a solo artist. Showcasing his love for one of the most well-known superheroes the world over, Superman; Riley packs Hello Earth with 11 cuts that range from R&B mellow mixes to upbeat dance cuts.

Paying homage to the creators of Superman, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster; the album chronicles Superman's transition from leaving Krypton and moving to Earth. I guess, you can say it's a concept album of sorts. The songs are both catchy and easy to listen to. You'll find traces of Ne-Yo, Usher and Chris Brown as you listen. - FROSTCLICK


This week What's New SDB caught up with former FDM member Jermaine Riley to speak about what he's been up to since going solo and what 2012 holds for him! - SDB


Jermaine Riley might not be a household name just yet but he's certainly worth keeping an eye on.

Hello Earth is Jermaine's latest release following his previous records; Goodbye Krypton (which was his debut record) and Nine Ten Eleven - The Refixes (which was composed of remakes.) Both of which along with a couple of his singles are all available for free download, just like this latest one.

Mixing soulful R&B with a cool hip hop dance rhythm, Hello Earth makes for a great club album or something to hold on to if you simply need some smoothing tracks for evening company.

Former member of Brit pop and R&B group, FMD, Jermaine Riley is slowly but surely carving a name for himself in the scene as a solo artist. Showcasing his love for one of the most well-known superheroes the world over, Superman; Riley packs Hello Earth with 11 cuts that range from R&B mellow mixes to upbeat dance cuts.

Paying homage to the creators of Superman, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster; the album chronicles Superman's transition from leaving Krypton and moving to Earth. I guess, you can say it's a concept album of sorts. The songs are both catchy and easy to listen to. You'll find traces of Ne-Yo, Usher and Chris Brown as you listen.

Track like Smallville beautifully features Jermaine's vocal range. It's a sweet song that you can pop onto your player and enjoy without much fuss. A few must-listen cuts include Wonder Woman ft. Lioness; Peaceful Day ft. Cherri V and of course, title track, Hello Earth.

Jermaine Riley is an artist that you shouldn't miss out on especially if you love R&B. Unlike his previous releases which featured covers or 90s samples, Hello Earth is all about the artist. It comes with original cuts and a nice (not to mention) fresh take on the concept album. Really enjoyable piece that you should be downloading right now. - FROSTCLICK


Yo R&B family,
HNY n all that.
Now, you know i always hit you up with the hottest videos and music on here and on the radio.
2012 is no exception and Mondays show was SUPER hot…Excuse the pun.
My special guest was the man tagged as Superman aka UK R&B star Jermaine Riley.
He gave us an exclusive preview of cuts from his forthcoming, red hot, Superman inspired album “Hello Earth”
It’s due to drop Jan 20th, has the sickest features and will be available absolutely free via his website www.jermaineriley.com
During the interview / preview, he played us the brand new single “Key To The City” created by bad boy producer Harmony and featuring Godfather of UK funky Donaeo.
I kid you not…this joint is absolutely banging!!
To listen to the full interview and album preview listen again to my BBC radio 1xtra R&B show by clicking HERE
For now check out the vid and enjoy.
Peace, Beats & Love
RH - RONNIE HEREL


Free 11 Track Album With A Real R&B Sound - JUMPOFF TV


We put the UK's 'Superman' in The Voice's hot seat this week - THE VOICE NEWSPAPER


The momentum has been steadily building for Jermaine Riley and album ‘Hello Earth’, and with the event of his second single “Key To The City” feat. Donaeo about to go on air with; BOX, Virgin On Demand and Mushroom network with MTV currently reviewing, this is only going to increase. I hvae seen that you have blogged Ikes “GirlTalk” ft Scorcher and Jermaine so I thought I would reach out.

Following his 2008 ‘Goodbye Krypton: The Mixtape‘ and his recent refixes mixtape ‘Nine Ten Eleven – The Refixes’ Jermaine Riley releases his FREE album ‘Hello Earth‘ – featuring production from Grammy-nominated Harmony (Chipmunk, Chris Brown, JLS, Maroon 5), Dready (Busta Rhymes, Dr. Dre, Chipmunk, Young Jeezy), Parker & James (Jessie J, Chipmunk, N-Dubz), 3 Mindz, Maleek Berry, CJ Blair, and The Baker Boys to name a few. Plus a host of featured artists including; singer/songwriter Cherri V, Mark Asari of Island Records’ Encore, UK rapstress Lioness, his brother Shaun Riley and Mr. ‘Party Hard‘ himself, the UK’s very own Donaeo.

‘Hello Earth‘ is a stellar body of noteworthy R&B, tailored around the life and times of the world’s most signature superhero: Superman. Spanning uptempo club bangers such as his first release ‘There’s Only Me‘ and the celebratory ‘Key To The City‘, to the anthemic ‘Smallville,’ not to mention the seductive ‘Supersexy‘.

Paying homage to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster; the creators of Superman, this album is Jermaine’s 3rd body of work to date that is conceptualised around the Man of Steel. His song writing and artwork (designed by himself) have garnered fans and industry admiration from across the globe. Join Jermaine on his musical journey as he says Goodbye to Krypton and Hello to Earth.

You can steam and download ‘Hello Earth‘ now at www.jermaineriley.com. - AVENUE MAGAZINE


It’s FINALLY HERE!!! Following his “Goodbye Krypton: The Mixtape” (2008) and his recent refixes mixtape “Nine Ten Eleven – The Refixes” (2011) Jermaine Riley releases his FREE album “Hello Earth” – featuring production from Grammy-nominated Harmony (Chipmunk, Chris Brown, JLS, Maroon 5), Dready (Busta Rhymes, Dr. Dre, Chipmunk, Young Jeezy), Parker & James (Jessie J, Chipmunk, N-Dubz), 3 Mindz, Maleek Berry, CJ Blair, and The Baker Boys to name a few. Plus a host of featured artists including; singer/songwriter Cherri V, Mark Asari of Island Records’ Encore, UK rapstress Lioness, his brother Shaun Riley and Mr. “Party Hard” himself, the UK’s very own Donaeo. - YOUR MUSIC MY WORLD


British R&B-pop singer Jermaine Riley first became known in the UK and Europe as a member of the vocal trio RDM. But now he's doing his thing as a solo artist and trying to conquer the US market. To that end, he's been very active over the past year, releasing numerous songs digitally and a free mixtape, Nine Ten Eleven, which featured his remakes of songs originally recorded by Beyonce, Drake, Kanye West and others. And now Jermaine's upped the ante by releasing his new album for free. His Superman-inspired Hello Earth isn't a collection of remixes or remakes or 90-second snippets, though; it's a full album of new, original music, and it's being made available for streaming and downloading via Jermaine's official Bandcamp page. To listen or download, just click the link below. - Mark Edward Nero


After delivering several refixes and teasers leading up to it’s release, R&B superhero and former member of boy group FDM Jermaine Riley finally releases his debut solo album Hello Earth. Featuring the singles “Key To The City”and “There’s Only One Me” with features from Lioness, Cherri V and Donae’o and production duties handled by Harmony, Dready, Parker & James, Maleek Berry and more, the whole LP is available to download for FREE now. Stream and download the full thing after the jump. - SOULCULTURE


Jermaine Riley has released his highly anticipated EP Hello Earth. The ex Fundamental member has already relesed a track with Doneo this year titled Key To The City which was a great listen so I have high hopes for this. Ears at the ready… - WILL MANNING


Rnb fans in the house ? dont even read the post just hit the download button. After the unfortunate break up of band FDM or Fundamental 03 lead singer Jemaine has gone solo and his first offering to the world is absolutely free, right now im having a listen and really liking what im hearing from this superhero themed album. Songs are great, catchy and beats are on point, you can see where ne-yo has been a influence especially on track Smallville with Jermaine showing off his vocal range.

Seriously one to watch for this year, we already know his performances are on point, but if you have have no idea who FDM were check out the video below. - BEAT DA SYSTEM


At 7pm last night Jermaine Riley, previous member of UK boyband FDM, releases his free album ‘HELLO EARTH’. Jermaine says that with this album “R&B is alive!”.

The album features the likes of Donaeo, Cherri V, Mark Asari (Encore), Lioness, and Shaun Riley. Producers on the album include Harmony, Dready, Parker & James, Maleek Berry and of course 3Mindz! Contributing the Cherri V featured track entitled ‘Peaceful Day’. - 3MINDZ


The debut solo album of the UK’s R&B Superman; Jermaine Riley. Featuring production from Harmony, Dready, Parker & James, Maleek Berry and more… Stream and download for free below. - RNBXCLUSIVE


In need of a new R&B beau to fawn over? Then get very familiar with Jermaine Riley.

Nicknamed the ‘Superman of British R&B‘ for his contributions to Geffen Records‘ very own FDM (as well as hits for the likes of Chipmunk, 2011 saw the one-time Ne-Yo protégé step out on his own as a solo artist in his own right.

With his debut album ‘Hello Earth’ hitting outlets on January 20th, last week saw the release of ‘Key To The City‘.

Produced by Harmony- responsible for Chris Brown’s ‘Champion‘- the cut’s supporting video is now available for your viewing pleasure. - THAT GRAPE JUICE


VIDEO - GRIME DAILY


Check out this brand new video and song from rising British-bred singer/songwriter (and 1/3 of UK R&B group FDM), Jermaine Riley. The retro-styled visual brings this funky R&B/Pop tune titled “Key To The City” to life, and should definitely put Jermaine on your radar. The track is produced by Harmony, and is off Riley’s forthcoming album Hello Earth, due out January 20. - THIS IS RNB


Former FDM (Fundamental) frontman Jermaine Riley comes with some brand new Lilian Ampon-directed visuals for the Donaeo-featured "Key To The City" off of his forthcoming solo album Hello Earth due out on January 20. - CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HER


"If Labrinth is on the lookout for another act to buddy up with, he should look no further than Jermaine Riley. He’s got the voice, the look and the production to make the perfect Kanye to Lab’s JayZ."

http://www.jermaineriley.com/
https://www.facebook.com/jermainerileymusic
http://twitter.com/#!/SUPERsays
- MTV


Gearing up for his highly anticipated free album "HELLO EARTH" due out later this month, Riley reunites with upcoming director Lilian Ampon (who worked on his “Then And Now Remix” and “The Homeless Hero” videos) to deliver the visuals for the project’s second single; Key To The City- produced by the Grammy-nominated Harmony(Chris Brown, Chipmunk, JLS, Maroon 5) and featuring “Mr Party Hard” himself, the UK’s very own Donaeo. Check out the video now on Jermaine’s YouTube channel, a great way to kick start your new year! - DAILY MUSIC PROMO


Gearing up for his highly anticipated free album "HELLO EARTH" due out later this month, Riley reunites with upcoming director Lilian Ampon (who worked on his “Then And Now Remix” and “The Homeless Hero” videos) to deliver the visuals for the project’s second single; Key To The City- produced by the Grammy-nominated Harmony(Chris Brown, Chipmunk, JLS, Maroon 5) and featuring “Mr Party Hard” himself, the UK’s very own Donaeo. Check out the video now on Jermaine’s YouTube channel, a great way to kick start your new year! - DAILY MUSIC PROMO


Gearing up for his highly anticipated free album "HELLO EARTH" due out later this month, Riley reunites with upcoming director Lilian Ampon (who worked on his “Then And Now Remix” and “The Homeless Hero” videos) to deliver the visuals for the project’s second single; Key To The City- produced by the Grammy-nominated Harmony(Chris Brown, Chipmunk, JLS, Maroon 5) and featuring “Mr Party Hard” himself, the UK’s very own Donaeo. Check out the video now on Jermaine’s YouTube channel, a great way to kick start your new year! - Daily Music Promo


Key To The City" featuring vocalist Donae'o and produced by The Jump Off alumni; Harmony, is a song where singer Jermaine Riley sees the world through the eyes of super hero that everybody loves and appreciates. Seeing this visual shines light on Jermaine potential star qualities and the chemistry between him and Donae'o fits the bill for an enjoyable watch. - JUMPOFF TV


Nice
(VIDEO POST) - CJ Beats


Gearing up for his highly anticipated free album “HELLO EARTH” due out later this month, Riley reunites with upcoming director Lilian Ampon (who worked on his “Then And Now Remix” and “The Homeless Hero” videos) to deliver the visuals for the project’s second single; “Key To The City” – produced by the Grammy-nominated Harmony (Chris Brown, Chipmunk, JLS, Maroon 5) and featuring “Mr Party Hard” himself, the UK’s very own Donaeo. Check out the video now on Jermaine’s YouTube channel, a great way to kick start your new year! - PEACE MAGAZINE


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Gearing up for his highly anticipated free album “HELLO EARTH” due out later this month, Riley reunites with upcoming director Lilian Ampon (who worked on his “Then And Now Remix” and “The Homeless Hero” videos) to deliver the visuals for the project’s second single; “Key To The City” – produced by the Grammy-nominated Harmony(Chris Brown, Chipmunk, JLS, Maroon 5) and featuring “Mr Party Hard” himself, the UK’s very ownDonaeo. Check out the video its “sick” - LORENZO OFFICIAL


Extrait de l’album Hello Earth disponible dès le 20 janvier - LA RUE DU HIP HOP


FEED FROM SOULCULTURE - MOG


Former member of FDM and Superman, which he obviously is right now because his new single and video, 'Key To The City' has blown me right out of the water.

His previous single 'There Is Only One Me' I was not a fan of at all and I told the singer this. The reason I didn't like it was because I felt like after he left the group, I expected something bigger, better and different from him and that single for me was something FDM would of put out, which is a step back.

The Harmony produced track feature's Donae'o who we haven't heard from in a while, with Jermaine's vocals and Donae'o's lyrical flow, this song is plain and simple a hit. You can get Jermaine's album Hello Earth on 20th January. - DARK DAYS & BRIGHT NIGHTS


On January 20th, Hello Earth, the free album will be release! Here's the video premiere for Jermaine Riley's new song, "Key To The City" with Donaeo. - BLACK MUSIC FIRST


Yo R&B family,
HNY n all that.
Now, you know i always hit you up with the hottest videos and music on here and on the radio.
2012 is no exception and Mondays show was SUPER hot…Excuse the pun.
My special guest was the man tagged as Superman aka UK R&B star Jermaine Riley.
He gave us an exclusive preview of cuts from his forthcoming, red hot, Superman inspired album “Hello Earth”
It’s due to drop Jan 20th, has the sickest features and will be available absolutely free via his website www.jermaineriley.com
During the interview / preview, he played us the brand new single “Key To The City” created by bad boy producer Harmony and featuring Godfather of UK funky Donaeo.
I kid you not…this joint is absolutely banging!!
To listen to the full interview and album preview listen again to my BBC radio 1xtra R&B show by clicking HERE
For now check out the vid and enjoy.
Peace, Beats & Love
RH - RONNIE HEREL


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UK singer Jermaine Riley is releasing his solo album Hello Earth on January 20th. The former member of FDM is following up his 2008 Goodbye Krypton: The Mixtape and “Key To The City” is the first single. - KICK MAG


New song for Jermaine Riley featuring Donaeo off his upcoming album " Hello Earth "!!..This smooth track entitled " Key To The City " (Prod. By Harmony) deservers much more than you can imagine with this special beat is the next song for Jermaine Riley and for the world!..FROM ME ?!?!? Have a nice day with hip hop, dance and much, much shaaaaaaaaakkkkkkekekekekekekekeekrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! (RADIO for anyone / if he wants to have fun "individual "of Hip Hop, R & B, RAP Club!!..
- HIP HOP SHAKER


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Gearing up for his highly anticipated free album “HELLO EARTH” due out later this month, Riley reunites with upcoming director Lilian Ampon (who worked on his “Then And Now Remix” and “The Homeless Hero” videos) to deliver the visuals for the project’s second single; “Key To The City” – produced by the Grammy-nominated Harmony (Chris Brown, Chipmunk, JLS, Maroon 5) and featuring “Mr Party Hard” himself, the UK’s very own Donaeo. - YOUR MUSIC MY WORLD


Jermaine Riley formally of Fun’damental (Remmber Jump? Back in ’06?) has revamped himself and released the visuals for Key To The City featuring Doneao.

The track is just one of the eleven off his new album: Hello Earth set for release on January 20th. - NEWSIK


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New video from ex-fundimental member Jermaine Riley ft Donaeo.
Check it out and keep supporting UK Talent. - LINKUPTV


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Jermaine Riley drops a video for Key To The City, featuring Donaeo. The track is taken from Jermaine‘s upcoming FREE album. Hello Earth… - SB.TV


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R&B singer/songwriter Jermaine Riley spent most of 2011 re-branding himself from a band group to a solo artist. Riley recurits Donaeo for his latest single “Key To The City”. - WE BLOG DAILY


Jermaine Riley - Key To The City feat. Donaeo (Video)
- RNBXCLUSIVE


With just 9 days left until the release of his new solo project Hello Earth, rising Brit R&B star Jermaine Riley unleashes visuals for the album’s latest look ”Key To The City.” Produced by London-bred production beast Harmony, the track is given added flavour by Garage and Funky House maverick Donaeo and brought to life via the keen eye of director Lilian Ampon.

“Key To The City” is one of 11 strong tracks that will feature on the forthcoming set, due to bless our MP3 plays on January 20th – click HERE to read my full album preview. - SOULCULTURE


UK RnB swooner Jermaine Riley, of ex boy band FDM, brings his latest solo offering in true Superman fashion. Suited and booted with a more mature look and sound, this simple yet effective Lilian Ampon picture is certain to be a favourite. Produced by Grammy-nominated Harmony whose credits include Chris Brown, Chipmunk, JLS and Maroon 5, Jermaine is set to make a comeback and 2012 could be his year. Coupled with the familiar vocals of the UK’s ‘Mr Party Hard’ himself, Donae’o featuring on the track gives ‘Key To The City’ that extra appeal.

‘Key To The City’ is taken from Jermaine’s upcoming free album ‘Hello Earth,’ released on January 20th 2012 through SUPERspective Entertainment. - STUPIDDOPE


Former FDM member and R&B superhero Jermaine Riley is back with his final refix of 2011 and has given it to us to deliver to you guys exclusively. For his last refix of the year he joins forces with producer Maleek Berry to deliver this special version of Labrinth‘s Tinie Tempah featuring chart smash “Earthquake”. - SOULCULTURE


Jermaine ushers in the festive season with his final refix of the year before he drops his album “HELLO EARTH” in January 2012. This time round he enlists the help of Maleek Berry (producer of Ikes’s “GIRL TALK” featuring Scorcher & Jermaine Riley) on a ground trembling R&B refix of Labrinth’s “EARTHQUAKE” feat Tinie Tempah.

“EARTHQUAKE” IS AVAILABLE
AS A FREE DOWNLOAD AT:

www.jermaineriley.bandcamp.com - STUFF FLY PEOPLE LIKE


Rapper Ikes from London gets the help of fellow artist Scorcher to join him on his latest single Girl Talk. The single, produced by Maleek Berry is taken from his next E.P The Intermission: Last Call due to drop next month. Loving Jermaine Riley‘s voice on the chorus. You can download his previous EP The Intermission here. - STREETS ON DEMAND


Rapper Ikes from London gets the help of fellow artist Scorcher to join him on his latest single Girl Talk. The single, produced by Maleek Berry is taken from his next E.P The Intermission: Last Call due to drop next month. Loving Jermaine Riley‘s voice on the chorus. You can download his previous EP The Intermission here. - STREETS ON DEMAND


Ikes – GirlTalk Ft. Scorcher & Jermaine Riley [Lyric Video] - GRIME DAILY


Formerly of FDM (first known as Fun*dmental 03), R&B singer/songwriter Jermaine Riley has spent much of 2011 year quietly re-branding himself as a bonafide solo artist through the release of his very well received covers/remix tape, Nine Ten Eleven: The Refixes, as well as honing his skills and recording his debut solo album; theintriguing concept-based project, Hello Earth. Following his CJ Blair-produced song “There’s Only One Me” from his forthcoming LP, the Homeless Hero ups the gears in preparation for the release of Hello Earth.

One such gear is the project’s initial pre-campaign awareness initiative otherwise known as the all-important listening session, which took place on Tuesday November 22 at the swanky Bureau private members club on Kingly Court in central London; playing host urban music bloggers, photographers and burgeoning music artists, producers and songwriters that either worked on the album or were there to support Jermaine, such as (featured artist) Cherri V, production tandem The Baker Boyz, Manchester based beatsmiths The Sonix and Busta Rhymes?‘ Midland born production beast Dready (formerly of So Solid).

After one or two false starts due to technical difficulties, Young Riley stood behind the DJ booth and played the album in full, stopping only to briefly disclose song concepts, thank those who he had worked with on said songs and crack a few well received light-hearted jokes.

Here’s our track-by-track album preview:

1. “Hello Earth: (Prod. by Swift D)
BIG cinematic sounding Just Blaze come J.U.S.T.I.C.E League-esque production kicks of the LP in the right way. As the beat knocks, it’ll make you nod your head and have you pulling a mean mug.

2. “Wonder Woman” (Prod. by Parker & James) ft. Lioness
Although I’m a fan of Lioness, I wasn’t sure how this track was going to turn out to be. Sure she did her thing on A.L‘s Funky House sounding joint “Tell Me,” but I just wasn’t sure it they’d get the combo right. Verdict: Never doubt Parker & James, Young Riley and Lioness on a track together… it’s a banger. Simple but effective kick and snare lead beat, simple but effective hook, not too many “bells and whistles.” Enjoyed Lioness’ verse… love her double time flow towards the end of her verse.

3. “There’s Only One Me” (Prod. by CJ Blair)
To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of this song when it dropped, thought it would grow on me but unfortunately it hasn’t and after listening to the rest of the LP, I’m not sure if it fits. Euro-Pop/R&B is lost on me. However, with that being said, one may have to listen to the track in sequence with the rest of the album, to hear if the song’s concept lyrics fall in line with the rest of the LP, to develop a better more well-informed opinion of the track.

4. “Smallville” (Prod. by Harmony)
Emotive, guitar lead track that allows Riley’s vocals to shine through. One of those slick songs that straddle the line between solid album track and potential single. You can literally imagine this song being played during the final scenes of a Smallville episode through to the end credits.

5. “My Superspective” (Prod. by Maleek Berry)
Adopts a similar vocal cadence and delivery recently made famous by Lily Allen? and refreshed by Ed Sheeran… WITHOUT sounding cheesy. Definitely one of my favorites on the LP.

6. “Nobody Else?” (Prod. by Dready)
I didn’t expect anything less than a heat rock when I first read the tracklist and I wasn’t let down. Described as his “love letter to Louse Lane,” at the request of pretty much everyone in the room, the track had to get reloaded…it was that good. Very smooth R&B joint, the only song on the album that doesn’t have a distinct medley.

7. “Key To The City” (Prod. by Harmony) ft. Donae’o
The project’s next single. Great collaboration and great production and well written super hero song. Note To Self: Donae’o spits better than the current crop of R&B singers turned rapper #Fact.

8. “Peaceful Day” (Prod. by 3 Mindz) ft. Cherri V
A rare but very welcomed well-written ballad in today’s confused world of R&B. An unexpected piano lead ballad. A pleasant surprise that didn’t let anyone one down. Another dope collaboration. The intro was a tad long but you soon forget that once the track kicks in.

9. “The Other Side” (Prod. by The Baker Boyz)
Guitar lead track that kicks off with Riley singing in double time and at times utilises a similar Lily Allen cadence heard in “My Superspective,” without sounding repetitive. Definitely one of the more Pop/R&B sounding tracks on the LP, but once again, Jermaine pulls it off without trying to sound like something his not.

10. “SuperSexy” (Prod. by The Sonix)
[Have you ever been in a club when the DJ drops a particular song and every single woman in there screams "this is my song"? Well prepare for that to happen again]. In my opinion, this is the BEST song on the album and my personal favorite. The smooth and sultry production is near perfection. The instrumental so sultry one could imagine Brandy singing over it.

11. “Home Sweet Home” (Prod. by Caligraphist) ft. Mark Asari & Shaun Riley
Mid Tempo ballad, that’ll have you singing along to it in a matter of minutes. Another one of my personal favorites. The vocal arrangement on this song should be applauded. Mark and Jermaine vocals compliment each other and Shaun Riley are pretty impressive, he more than holds his own.

After the playback Jermaine held a brief Q&A session, answering questions pertaining to the pressures he may have experienced going into and during project after being in a group for so long, and why decided to release a concept based project as his first solo (original music) introduction to the world.

“There was the pressure of trying to establish myself as a solo artist as well as trying to say true to FDM’s core fan base… that was something I had to get my head around because I’m used to having the guys [Varren Wade and Kyle Lettman] with me,” he admitted.

“I decided to do a concept album because those are the ones I’ve personally gravitated towards, because they take you on a journey. I’ve always been that type of artist to put bodies of work together. I respect work like [Usher's] Confessions, Micheal Jackson?‘s Thiller. The only way that I can really get my art out there in the right way is to really conceptualise and make people know that I care as much about my music, I think they should.”

He added, “I think talking about the superman thing makes it easy to be creative and be different. My next project is probably going to be more geared towards universal concepts.”

Hello Earth is due for release January 2012, with plans for an accompanying tour. - SOULCULTURE


Yo Soulsters,
get ready for Jermaine Riley. Check out his new video “There’s Only One Me” and watchout for the forthcoming Project “Hello Earth”. Collaborations from Dready, Harmony & Donaeo. mouth watering stuff eh? I’ll keep you posted.
For more info and goings on in JR world, check out http://www.jermaineriley.com
For now enjoy the vid
Peace n Love
RH - RONNIE HEREL


Jermaine Riley, UK’s RnB Indie Artist, is back for an exclusive interview on his pre-album mix tape entitled “Nine Ten Eleven” and his most recent FREE album “Hello Earth”. To date, there has been rave online reviews for; “Then & Now”, “Headlines”, “Kryptonite”, “Missing You Too” & “Not Giving Up” by a number of blogs including, Soulcultures, Yin & Yang, Stuff People Like, Barrel House Brooklyn, Inspire Magazine, Street Radio Mag and many others, who had over 150,000 accumulative downloads.

Q: How is your style of music different from other artists in your genre?

A: One thing I realised after I did “Then And Now” with Chipmunk for his Transition album is how signature my voice and writing style is. It doesn’t say “featuring Jermaine Riley” on the back, but I got calls from everyone saying “That’s you on that Chipmunk song right?!!”. I was really surprised at how many people knew it was me regardless. So I’d say my tone and style of singing/writing helps me to stand out. Hopefully that continues to shine through.

Q: If you had to choose to work with anyone in the music industry, who may that be?

A: Right now, I’m a huge fan of Ed Sheeran’s work. I’m loving his album and the way he writes. He makes you believe he’s lived every lyric and his melodies are amazing. I think we’d come up with some great stuff if we worked together.

Q: What is the inspiration behind your most recent album?

A: The inspiration behind ‘Hello Earth’ is simply my love for both music and comic books, Superman in particular. I really tried to give the best of me on this project and let the world know what I have to offer, creatively and vocally, as well as salute all my influences over the years; Michael Jackson, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Boyz II Men, Drake and more.

Q: What type of message do you speak through your music?

A: That every artist should stay true to who they are and never give up. The journey’s never gonna be easy but true talent and passion will always prevail. Show the world that passion with every song, with everything you do. - STREET RADIO MAGAZINE


The release of Jermaine Riley’s highly anticipated music video “THERE’S ONLY ONE ME”, taken from his forthcoming free album HELLO EARTH. Produced by US producer CJ Blair, this catchy club banger is sure to set the dance floor alive, as Riley sings from a frustrated Superman’s perspective. - STUFF FLY PEOPLE LIKE


Jermaine Riley puts out a video to his new single “There’s Only One Me” from his upcoming album coming out in January. This song is dope. Jermaine Riley takes the cliches out of R&B music and sings about what is real to him rather than about general stuff, which I really like. The content is more like Hip Hop music. The video is cool too. I’m really feeling the black and white themes. It worked well for the video. - EXTRAORDINARY FIGURES


Former UK band member Jermaine Riley from Fundemental, has been a solo artist for quite some time, trying to create his own fan-base & get his music out there, and with his new video ‘There’s Only One Me’ out, hopefully it makes a impact on the UK scene.

The choreography by Ivan Blackstock makes the video more appealing, and the professional video shots from directing team Reel Words Media, gives ‘There’s Only One Me’ visuals that final polish.

The upbeat electro pop instrumental made by producer C. Blair from Los Angeles California, could potential make this track something to grab the attention of the UK music scene.

The release of his Mixtape entitled ”Nine 10 Eleven, The Refixes” in October 2011 is just a piece of Jermaine Riley’s solo story so far which can be found and downloaded on www.jermaineriley.bandcamp.com/album/nine-ten-eleven-the-refixes and with future projects named ‘Hello Earth’ Out January 2012, which will be classed as a free album NOT a free mixtape! The only way is up for Jermaine Riley - LINKUP TV


Releasing this visual on Remembrance Day, we will not be forgetting this track anytime soon. UK R&B sensation Jermaine Riley, gives us one to remember as he let's the people know "There's Only One Me" in his brand new music video - JUMPOFF


If there has ever been a truer saying in Jermaine Riley‘s recent career, it would have to be “the show must go on…”. Since leaving FDM, who were at one stage signed to Ne-Yo‘s Compound Entertainment, the British R&B crooner has released a bunch of songs, remixes (“refixes“) and his well received Nine Ten Eleven: The Refixes mixtape to the masses as an appetiser to his forthcoming project Hello Earth. Before the tape hits the internet in January 2012, the burgeoning R&B star has unleashed the visuals to the project’s first release; “There’s Only One Me.” - SOULCULTURE


On Monday 3rd October, to the surprise of his followers and bloggers across the world, Jermaine unleashed the news of his pre-album mixtape entitled "Nine Ten Eleven - The Refixes" - THATSHIPHOP.com


A trio comprised of Jermaine, Varren and Kyle, FDM, first known as Fundamental were the UK urban boyband with potential. Plagued with potential, it turned out. Three young, good looking guys who could dance, sing and really perform; they were the ones who could really break through, many thought, as news spread of the trio’s signing to Geffen and R&B star Ne-Yo’s label Compound Records.

Unfortunately months — then a couple of years — of tumbleweed followed, it’s roll only slowed by a well-received independent mixtape released by the group last year, titled The Pudding.

Now Jermaine Riley emerges solo and on a mission to save. The music? The fans? Or perhaps anyone who’s ever needed to fight for a new beginning. You watch and decide, watch the emergence of a new hero in the making; performed to the sound of “Laugh At You,” produced by Dready, from his forthcoming debut solo album Hello Earth. - WIARD FM


Formerly from the British group, FDM (Fundamental), singer songwriter Jermaine Riley releases a remix of Chipmunk's Dready-produced track, 'Then And Now', that he originally sang the hook on.


To listen to Jermaine's 'Then And Now (Remix)', the free download is available on www.jermaineriley.com. In the meantime, have a look at the track's new promo video below: - SOCIAL WRITERS


Some of you may remember Jermaine Riley as the frontman of former UK R&B group FDM’03 (Fundamental). He also was an uncredited featuring artist on Chipmunk’s “Then & Now” on the album “Transition”.

Jermaine is now breaking out as a solo performer releasing a remix to Chipmunk’s album cut “Then & Now”.

Take a listen and note your thoughts below… - NEWSIK


British-bred singer-songwriter Jermaine Riley(one third of R&B group FDM), has released his first single taken off his highly anticipated EP titled“Hello Earth”,"Then & Now" is a remix version of Chipmuck`s song taken from his latest album "Transition". Which Riley actually co-wrote and sang on the hook, the track was produced by Dready. He sang the song with so much emotion, honesty and he has some great pipes on him. - ZIONOLOGY


Jermaine Riley, formerly of the British R&B group FDM, is back with the remix of Chipmink’s Then and Now, produced by Dready. Jermaine will be making his American debut very soon, what do you all think of him? - LAVISH EXPOSURE


A trio comprised of Jermaine, Varren and Kyle, FDM, first known as Fundamental were the UK urban boy band with potential. Plagued with potential, it turned out. Three young, good looking guys who could dance, sing and really perform; they were the ones who could really break through, many thought, as news spread of the trio’s signing to Geffen and R&B star Ne-Yo’s label Compound Records. Unfortunately months — then a couple of years — of tumbleweed followed, it’s roll only slowed by a well-received independent mixtape released by the group last year, titled The Pudding.

Now Jermaine Riley emerges solo and on a mission to save. The music? The fans? Or perhaps anyone who’s ever needed to fight for a new beginning. Watch the emergence of a new hero in the making; performed to the sound of “Laugh At You,” produced by Dready, from his forthcoming debut solo album Hello Earth.

What a great shame that these guys have split! I remember watching them perform years back, they had the voice, looks charisma and dance moves! Very talented guys!….Gosh and who is the UK left with?? J Bloody L S!!! KMT!….Anyway Jermaine is still doing his ting! - BROWN EYEZ


Oh no, i'm actually a bit sad that this has happened!!

UK R&B group FDM (aka Fundmental 03) have split up. The group consisted of three members, Kyle, Jermaine and Varren, and were predominantly known in the UK for their singles "Playground" and "Jump Off". I think many of us were expecting big things from this group, especially when they were signed to the label of Grammy award winning artist, Ne Yo's, Compound Music. However, clearly nothing came of that, so the group are no more (boo hoo!!).

Really liked this group, I was hoping they would kick JLS ass! Oh guess I have to suffer more "Breath Again" chest pumps and Aston "Dark N Lovely" relaxer perm for a bit longer (jus jokes, I like them boys too!)
If you are an FDM fan, the boys may have gone their separate ways, but they are still very much involved in music. Group member Jermaine Riley has been working with UK producer Dready. He has already posted a taster of what's to come from him on YouTube. Check out Jermaines solo offerings below. - THE LALA REPORT


Former FDM member turned solo R&B singer/songwriter Jermaine Riley hits us with some brand new heat to start off the week with a refix of Diggy Simmons debut single “Copy Paste” entitled, “Kryptonite” - WE BLOG DAILY


Jermaine Riley to brytyjski piosenkarz r’n'b. Na swojej stronie internetowej zamiescil utwór „Kryptonite”, który mozna pobrac calkowicie za darmo tutaj. Piosenka stanowi zapowiedz jego nadchodzacego solowego albumu „Hello Earth”, który równiez ma byc udostepniony za darmo do sciagniecia w sieci. Przed pobraniem poniezej utwór do odsluchu. - JAZZ SOUL


On the verge of releasing “HELLO EARTH” his free album, Riley drops “KRYPTONITE” a refix of Diggy Simmons “COPY PASTE” produced by Andrew “Pop” Wansel, Warren “Oak” Fielder. Using KRYPTONITE as a metaphor, Riley tells the story of a woman who is weakness. Fans of Riley eagerly await HELLO EARTH following the release of “THEN AND NOW” and “THE HOMELESS HERO” if KRYPTONITE is anything to go by they are in for a treat! - ENGLISH SONGZ


Jermaine Riley - Not Giving Up (Promo) - R&B SPOT


Being Superman is a huge responsibility, but that doesn’t mean he cares any less whilst getting the job done. Continuing the hero theme, Riley returns with “MISSING YOU TOO” a refix of Drake’s “DREAMS MONEY CAN BUY” that contains a sultry JAI PAUL sample taken from “BTSU”. - PEACE MAGAZINE


British-bred singer/song writer (and 1/3 of UK R&B group FDM), Jermaine Riley has been looking up to many a hero of R&B/pop culture for quite some time now. Michael Jackson being the first, as Jermaine spent hours in front of the TV as a child, emulating the icon. “I wouldn’t go anywhere without my white socks and black plimsolls, it didn’t matter what I was wearing.” he says. “I wanted to be him.”

Not only an adept dancer and entertainer, Jermaine’s song writing and unique tone have garnered the acclaim of fans, artists and producers far and wide. Most recently, such noteworthy talent skipped managers and publishers but landed him on platinum UK rapper Chipmunk’s new album Transition, as the voice behind the emotive autobiographical track “Then And Now”.

On the verge of releasing “HELLO EARTH” his free album, Riley drops “KRYPTONITE” a refix of Diggy Simmons “COPY PASTE” produced by Andrew “Pop” Wansel, Warren “Oak” Fielder. Using KRYPTONITE as a metaphor, Riley tells the story of a woman who is weakness. Fans of Riley eagerly await HELLO EARTH following the release of “THEN AND NOW” and “THE HOMELESS HERO” if KRYPTONITE is anything to go by they are in for a treat! - STREET RADIO MAGAZINE


On the night of the LONDON RIOTS, Riley and brother Shaun were home recording and were appalled to see his home town in flames and places he frequented with friends completely vandalized. The senseless destruction compelled Riley to air his thoughts on the situation through his music and penned a refix of Drake’s appropriately named track “HEADLINES”. - STREET RADIO MAGAZINE


Jermaine Riley (formerly of UK R&B group FDM aka Fundamental) is back with his remix of Chipmunk’s “THEN & NOW” produced by Dready.

Jermaine wrote and sang the hook on the Sony release taken from Chipmunk’s 2011 album “TRANSITION” that also featured international chart toppers such as; “CHAMPION” feat Chris Brown and “TAKE OFF” feat Trey Songz.

Twitter: @supersays
Facebook: jermainerileymusic
Youtube: SUPERspectiveTV - RnBXCLUSIVE


On the verge of releasing “HELLO EARTH” his free album, Riley drops “KRYPTONITE” a refix of Diggy Simmons “COPY PASTE” produced by Andrew “Pop” Wansel, Warren “Oak” Fielder. Using KRYPTONITE as a metaphor, Riley tells the story of a woman who is weakness. Fans of Riley eagerly await HELLO EARTH following the release of “THEN AND NOW” and “THE HOMELESS HERO” if KRYPTONITE is anything to go by they are in for a treat! - RnBXCLUSIVE


British R&B singer Jermaine Riley (formally of FDM) just released his latest free album called “Nine Ten Eleven – The Refixes”. Download the free 10-track album now. - THE TURN MAG (TEEN UNIVERSAL RESEARCH NETWORK)


British singer/songwriter Jermaine Riley (1/3 of R&B group FDM) has released his first song “Then And Now (Remix)” from his highly anticipated EP “Hello Earth”. As the voice and pen behind the hook of Chipmunk’s emotive “Then And Now” (taken from his latest album, Transition) Jermaine Riley offers up his very own rendition of the song. - THE TURN MAG (TEEN UNIVERSAL RESEARCH NETWORK)


Unsigned and I manage myself with 2 singles under belt and 2 videos which have been aired on Box, Kiss, MTV, Flava, Choice FM, Radio 1, Kiss…is my achievement to date but I wont be stopping there.

3rd single coming soon - SUPER HUMAN produced by TRUTH (BOE) & co -written with JERMAINE RILEY. - BIANCA SIMMONE


Check out this mixtape from up & coming British singer, Jermaine Riley. Riley has been tearing up the Internet music scene with his releases called the “refixes”. These songs are a combination of vocals and lyrics sung by Riley over tracks from the likes of Kanye West, Beyonce, Drake, and Jay-Z. Jermaine takes a collection of his “refixes” and cover songs to make one the hottest mixtapes out, entitled “Nine Ten Eleven”. Riley gives us a taste with “Nine Ten Eleven” a free mixtape, as he prepares to release his debut out coming soon. Check it out and download it for free on his bandcamp. - UNHEARD VOICES


Up and coming British R&B vocalist Jermaine Riley has been burning up the Internet the past few weeks and months releasing what he calls 'refixes;' songs that are a combination of new vocals and lyrics sung over music that was previously recorded by artists like Drake, Beyonce, Jay-Z and Kanye West. Well, now Jermaine has gathered together a collection of his refixes as well as some straight-up cover songs, and released them as a digital album. Nine Ten Eleven - The Refixes, can be downloaded for free at Jermaine's official Bandcamp.com page. The release is the precursor to his official debut album (which will also be free) and is due out in the coming months. You can stream Nine Ten Eleven or download the songs individually or as a set via the link below. - Mark Edward Nero


Every hero has a weakness. For up-and-coming British R&B singer Jermaine Riley that weakness is, of course, a woman. Or to be more specific, a certain woman who's made his life more difficult by walking out on him instead of trying to work things out. And so over the beat for the Diggy Simmonds rap song "Copy, Paste," Jermaine addresses the situation via a track he calls "Kryptonite." "I wouldn't have saved your ass if I knew you was gon' turn into a bitch," he sings bitterly. Jermaine, who's one-third of the British R&B group FDM, is working on a solo album called Hello Earth, which will be released for free later this year. And sticking with the free theme, "Kryptonite" can be downloaded or streamed for free via the link below. - Mark Edward Nero


When things get difficult in relationships, it’s easy to throw in the towel and walk away, however it takes a Superman to stand and fight for love. For the one he wants… Jermaine Riley stands steely eyed, cape flapping and “Not Giving Up” – with his latest refix, this time flipping Drake‘s “Club Paradise” for his latest free teaser as the R&B entertainer formerly of UK trio FDM warms up towards releasing his impending Hello Earth project.

Exclusively premiered on SoulCulture, download your free copy of “Not Giving Up” below. - SOULCULTURE


We already brought you an exclusive in the form of “The Homeless Hero“, now the former FDM member turned solo R&B superhero Jermaine Riley hits us with some brand newness to kick of the week in the form of “Kryptonite” his refix of Diggy Simmons? recently released debut single “Copy Paste”. Riley tells the story of his personal Kryptonite (one of two things that can hurt/kill Superman, the other is magic *Geek 101*) which in Jermaine’s case is a woman. - SOULCULTURE


A trio comprised of Jermaine, Varren and Kyle, FDM, first known as Fun*dmental were the UK urban boyband with potential. Plagued with potential, it turned out. Three young, good looking guys who could dance, sing and really perform; they were the ones who could really break through, many thought, as news spread of the trio’s signing to Geffen and R&B star Ne-Yo‘s label Compound Records. Unfortunately months – then a couple of years – of tumbleweed followed, it’s roll only slowed by a well-received independent mixtape released by the group last year, titled The Pudding.

Since then no group has quite managed to fill the void – and now Jermaine Riley emerges solo and on a mission to save. To save… The music? The fans? Or perhaps anyone who’s ever needed to fight for a new beginning. You watch and decide – premiered exclusively on SoulCulture.co.uk today, watch the emergence of a new hero in the making; performed to the sound of “Laugh At You,” produced by Dready, from his forthcoming debut solo album Hello Earth.

Below, Jermaine expands on what happened to his group Fun*dmental, their deal with Ne-Yo and why he’s now flying solo.

SoulCulture: How did your initial deal with Ne-Yo/Compound come about and what did you expect from it?

Jermaine Riley: Well as FDM we had quite a buzz in the UK, which eventually caught the attention of Geffen Records in the US. After signing with them in ’07 we spent a bit of time in the LA recording and performing. At that point we had no idea that Ne-Yo/Compound had noticed what we were doing and had been keeping a watchful eye on our movements.

After speaking to the label heads at Geffen, he offered to take us under his wing and sign us as his first international act and first group. We inked our production deal with Compound in at the beginning of 2009 and Geffen remained our record label.

Obviously, with being acknowledged and mentored by such an amazing singer/song writer, with multiple Grammys to show for it, your expectations are fairly high for what’s to come. But it was never a situation where life became easy. We stayed humble and just expected to continue working hard and be able to eventually show the whole world what we had to offer with the help of the bigger platform provided.

SoulCulture: What happened with the deal and the group?

Jermaine Riley: Honestly, nothing happened. We were just there. What we expected just never materialised. It’s not the first time that’s happened to an artist and more than likely won’t be the last. Whether it be about budgets, direction or miscommunication, that situation just didn’t work out. Like I said in my remix of “Then And Now”, when there’s too much cooks in the kitchen, nothing ever gets done. However, I think I can speak for the rest of the guys when I say we’ve learned a lot and are grateful for the experience.

As for the group, we parted ways amicably and felt it best to change the plan, after 8 years of ups and downs. As a grown man at 25/26 sometimes you have to face the music, so to speak, before your passion dies. Thankfully we still talk, hang out and support each other whole heartedly. They’ll always be my brothers.

SoulCulture: What can we expect from Hello Earth?

Jermaine Riley: What can you expect??? A body of great music! Something for everyone. The challenge when putting together an album/mixtape is giving the people what they want and at the same time catering to your own needs as an artist. I think I found the perfect balance with Hello Earth.

Hopefully die hard FDM fans will be satisfied and new fans of mine will feel like they jumped on board just in time for the party. I want it to be that album you have an “Oh my God, this is my tuuune!” reaction to at the beginning of every song. Hahaha!

You can expect to hear Superman’s story told through R&B music, which has never been done before, not like this anyway. If you don’t already know by now, I’m a HUGE comic book enthusiast and Superman is arguably the most iconic. I released a mixtape back in ’08 entitled “Goodbye Krypton” and that was the first time I made the connection between the superhero and the music.

Ever since then fans have been asking me to put out a follow up. This is it. I’m grateful to have received great production from the likes of Dready, Harmony and Parker & James just to name a few and I’ve got some amazing featured artists on there too, but I don’t wanna give too much away right now.

SoulCulture: If you’re superman, who are you here to save?

Jermaine Riley: Myself… and the fans that never got an album from me/us. I also think it’s important to show people you can keep moving forward after going through bad times, even if it means starting all over again. Take the experience, learn from it and become stronger. It’s good to encourage other artists on the rise and those just starting out. I think I can be some kind of hero in that sense. Maybe, we’ll see.

I’d just like to thank Soul Culture for endorsing the project and supporting my music. This past year has indeed been filled with ups and downs but music is definitely my therapy.

Being able to voice my feelings and vent my emotions on a song like “Then And Now” (Remix) is something I’m grateful for. That was merely a fist in air, so to speak, for all the artists on their grind who have to deal with the ever changing climate of this industry.

Don’t let it defeat you. Just learn from it and keep ploughing through. I know from experience that love, respect and experience are waiting on the other side. You just have to stay positive.

Having parted ways with the other members of FDM, I’ve no choice but to find a kind of inner strength and my supporters, my ‘heroes’, help me to do that. Thankfully, me and the boys are still great friends and support one another. We’re all for progression, growth and forward movement.

It’s all positive and I’m still growing. I’m happy to still be doing it and humbled by the opportunities I’m blessed with. My personal journey begins right now and honestly, I’m really excited!

HELLO EARTH, THE FREE ALBUM, COMING SOON! Live good. - SOULCULTURE


Following on from his 2008 solo release Goodbye Krypton: The Mixtape, Jermaine Riley (formerly one third of UK R&B group FDM) returns to the solo arena with the first taster from his forthcoming free album Hello Earth. The young singer/songwriter/entertainer takes on the Dready produced cut “Here And Now” from Chipmunk’s album Transition, which Riley originally featured on and co-wrote giving us his very own solo rendition where he addresses the questions surrounding the FDM split, his frustrations and issues with Ne-Yo’s Compound label (who signed FDM and did absolutely nothing with the talented trio) and his commitment and determination to succeed alone.I’ve been a big fan of Jermaine Riley and FDM for years now and really felt that the kids should have been bigger stars than a lot of the crap that’s been forced down out throats lately and when I heard they had signed to Compound Music I thought it was about to be the beginning of something spectacular. Alas the group sat on the shelves in label limbo, but I’m willing to put money on the fact that Jermaine Riley will rise from the ashes and become a force to be dealt with in the UK & global R&B scene. - SOULCULTURE


“Being Superman is a huge responsibility, but that doesn’t mean he cares any less whilst getting the job done.”

Following on from his refix of Diggy Simmons “Copy Paste” entitled “Kryptonite”, the former FDM member and our favourite R&B superhero Jermaine Riley continues his Superhero balancing love theme with “Missing You Too”, his take on Drake’s “Dreams Money Can Buy” (that originally sampled “BTSU” by Jai Paul). - SOULCULTURE


As promised the former FDM member / R&B Superhero Jermaine Riley follows up his “Kryptonite” and “Missing You Too” releases with this perfectly timed and titled mixtape Nine Ten Eleven: The Refixes released today (09/10/11 duh). Re-crafting recent hits by Drake, Beyoncé, Diggy Simmons?, JAY Z & Kanye West and more the young London based singer songwriter gives us 10 cuts to keep us satisfied till he unveils his forthcoming free album release Hello: Earth. - SOULCULTURE


It was a major shock for me when I learned that FDM had split. After all, I do remember viewing their website and seeing that they had plans to dominate the US music scene. They had all the makings for greatness, but just like that, they were gone. TWITTER is more up to date than any other social networking site, so when I saw the news I knew that it was true. Jermaine Riley, one third of the dynamic trio is back and ready to move forward with his own solo effort and it made complete sense for In-spireLS to catch up with him and to delve a little deeper to establish why the group ended, what makes his music different to the sound that he had within the group and most vitally what in-spires him as a performer.

Although, we will miss the group as a whole, it has always been clear that you each had immense talent in both singing and dancing so a solo career would be the most obvious choice. Saying that, having been in a band for so long, how have you adjusted to such a dramatic change?

I’m still adjusting. Everything’s fairly brand new and I’m still being educated despite all my past experience. I can now see both sides of the fence. Being solo is very different but with so many supportive people around me, it’s made the transition a lot easier.

Will the music you will be releasing now still have a sound reminiscent to the music you made within FDM or are you striving to find and create your own unique sound?

I think the music we made as FDM was just organic. We never tried to have a sound and I don’t feel like I’m trying to do that now. I’m just going to put out music that I love and that’s true to the artist I am. Hopefully the world loves what I love.

As a youngster, your musical inspiration was the King- Michael Jackson and you emulated his every move, trying your best to capture his style of dress and dance moves. Having talent is one thing, but what was the definitive moment for you when you realised your talent had to be shared with others?

I can’t remember how often we had them, but in primary school we had talent shows during assembly sometimes and I’d always go up and dance like Michael Jackson. I didn’t have the Dangerous album, but I always asked a friend of mine to bring in her cassette tape into school so I could do my thing. I don’t know why but I was never shy and the reaction from my teachers and classmates always gave me a boost. That definitely made me want to always be on stage.

Your career within the group has seen you do shows within the UK, major parts of Europe and the US. Although it must be difficult to choose, what would you state as your most memorable experience within the group?

Being in the studio with Ne-Yo for the first time. Not just because he’s an amazing artist and mentor to have, but you have to understand where we come from. South London. With no money, rehearsing almost everyday in a church building with no mirrors. Just being in Atlanta, seeing Ne-Yo behind the mic, through the glass referencing “Lonely”, a song he wrote for us and looking at Varren and Kyle thinking “Flamin’ heck fellas, we’ve come so far.”
I’ll never ever forget that.

Being a solo star is not easy and you have made a major leap by stepping out on your own. Have you always been brave and daring in your actions, or has the experiences you have had in life so far prepared you for the unexpected?

I haven’t always been like that so yes, I’d say the industry has kind of instilled that within me. I don’t like to wait around. From my experience, nothing beneficial ever comes from it. That’s why they call it “Chasing” the dream. The world, particularly this industry, keeps spinning. You’ve got to keep up. Sometimes I wish I was “brave and daring” a lot sooner in my career, for all our sakes, but everything happens for a reason so… I’ll try and continue to be headstrong from this point forward, since it’s the only way I ever see results.

What would you say is the best thing/s about being you and why?

Hmmmm… I think the best thing about being me is my creativity. Because it’s allowed me to survive and keep my supporters, my ‘heroes’, excited and interested about my music. I’m always coming up with new ideas and I can get inspired by the smallest things.

For the remix of ‘Then and Now’ you got the opportunity to work with highly renowned UK producer Dready who is one of the few if not the only UK producer to work with a wide array of UK and US talents including: Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, Young Jeezy, Lloyd Banks, Jay Sean, Estelle, The Game and Rah Digga! now he can add Jermaine Riley to his list ;) For you as an artist, what was it like working with him on this project?

Dready’s an amazing friend and an incredible producer. I feel blessed to have him as part of the project and have him fully endorse my talent and potential. As creative people, there’s not much we don’t see eye to eye on, which is why our working relationship is a breeze! He makes the beat. I write the song. That is all. I wish the world could hear all the other music we’ve created together. It’s CRAZY! I have no doubt that he’s one of the best producers in the world.

If given the opportunity who would be your dream artist to collaborate with and why?

Probably, Usher. Mainly because he’s been a huge influence ever since he put out “Think Of You” from his debut album. I’d be honoured to hear him sing something I’ve written.

Within FDM you made plans to conquer the US market and for a time relocated to the US to make your album. Now you have embarked on your own solo path. Is conquering the US market still in your sights or are you focusing on the European market first?

I’m just focused on the world really. I’ll go wherever my music is embraced. Obviously I’d love to venture back over to the US, but I’m just getting started so I’ve been focusing on making the best product possible. Hopefully the US does fall into the pipeline, since most of my influences are born and bred there. It’d be a blessing to have that acknowledgement from overseas.

There are a number of UK artists who are making major waves overseas. Does this encourage you in your own endeavours?

Definitely! I feel really proud to be British! We’re doing amazing things, like never before. Just makes it clear that you can come from this little island we call the UK and make a worldwide impression. It’s really motivational.

In-spireLS Magazine love individuals who have faced adversity in someway or another and who have overcome many barriers that life has thrown at them. For you Jermaine, so far in your career or your life in general. Have you had to face any barriers and if yes, what steps have you taken to overcome them?

I think the main barrier I/we have faced is being the underdog, no matter how much we proved ourselves. Not getting the recognition we deserved. But that also kept us going in a way. I think we overcame by remaining tight as a unit and motivating each other through the ups and downs.

What drives and motivates you?

My family and friends… and the success stories of those I look up to. I love a good E! True Hollywood story! Haha!

Who or what in-spires you the most?

Great art, whether it be someone’s music, a picture or an idea. Or when I see someone face adversity and go from nothing to something. Makes me want the same for myself.

Away from dancing, singing and being and all-round entertainer, what other hidden talents do you have under up your sleeve that many do not know about?

Honestly, I’ve kind of made all my talent clear for the world to see. Haha! Granted I’m still growing as an artist and plan to learn new things, but I don’t see the point in hiding talent up my sleeve at this stage in my life/career. It’s all or nothing.

How supportive are your friends and family as you embark onto the next chapter of your life and career?

Extremely supportive! Everyone’s anxious to hear the album and see what direction I’m taking. They’ve really helped me to believe in myself.

How have your fans taken the news of your departure from FDM and do you see your leaving having an impact on your career or are your optimistic and ready for what’s to come?

Surprisingly, the common reaction I’ve experienced from the fans is a mixture of shock, disappointment and understanding. Our truest fans have watched us achieve a lot over the years but have also witnessed the struggle, and towards the end it was just struggle, for me anyway. So I think a lot of people expected something to happen, be it positive or negative. I’m optimistic and excited about a new chapter for all of us.

Your album is actually ‘superman’ themed which fits perfectly with our interview- we honestly couldn’t have planned it better! How did you come up with the ‘Superman’ theme for your album?

Well, I’ve had the ‘Superman’ alter-ego thing going for a few years now. Hello Earth is kind of the sequel to the mixtape I put out in 2008, Goodbye Krypton. I remixed Snoop Dogg’s “Sensual Seduction” as “Superman Seduction” and that snowballed into a whole conceptual project. I just didn’t want to make a regular R&B remix. I like the idea of making something that’s a lot more creative and stimulating than what’s expected.

Do you have any positive quotations or mantras that you apply to your life. If yes, what are they?

In regards to being a perfectionist, Frank Ocean once said to me “I don’t care who it annoys, ’cause at the end of the day they’ll get over it and the music lasts forever.”

What can readers expect from you in the coming months?

I just shot the video for the first single off the album, “There’s Only One Me”, which was a great experience! I had a blast! I’m currently brainstorming ideas for the next one and I’m also excited that the album’s almost finished and I’m at the stage where I’m working on my live show. To be on the road again, but by myself is definitely going to be memorable!

Your website is great but it doesn’t state whether you are on any social networking sites- if you are, what sites can fans connect with you on?

My website actually houses all my social networking sites! My Tumblr blog, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Formspring can all be accessed in the different sections. Just click and explore! It’s a one-stop shop for everything ‘Jermaine Riley’… there’s no need to go anywhere else. But since you asked… the best place to connect with me is www.twitter.com/SUPERsays and be sure to Like me on www.facebook.com/jermainerileymusic.

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Superman: FDM Star Jermaine Riley

It was a major shock for me when I learned that FDM had split. After all, I do remember viewing their website and seeing that they had plans to dominate the US music scene. They had all the makings for greatness, but just like that, they were gone. TWITTER is more up to date than any other social networking site, so when I saw the news I knew that it was true. Jermaine Riley, one third of the dynamic trio is back and ready to move forward with his own solo effort and it made complete sense for In-spireLS to catch up with him and to delve a little deeper to establish why the group ended, what makes his music different to the sound that he had within the group and most vitally what in-spires him as a performer.

Although, we will miss the group as a whole, it has always been clear that you each had immense talent in both singing and dancing so a solo career would be the most obvious choice. Saying that, having been in a band for so long, how have you adjusted to such a dramatic change?

I’m still adjusting. Everything’s fairly brand new and I’m still being educated despite all my past experience. I can now see both sides of the fence. Being solo is very different but with so many supportive people around me, it’s made the transition a lot easier.

Will the music you will be releasing now still have a sound reminiscent to the music you made within FDM or are you striving to find and create your own unique sound?

I think the music we made as FDM was just organic. We never tried to have a sound and I don’t feel like I’m trying to do that now. I’m just going to put out music that I love and that’s true to the artist I am. Hopefully the world loves what I love.

As a youngster, your musical inspiration was the King- Michael Jackson and you emulated his every move, trying your best to capture his style of dress and dance moves. Having talent is one thing, but what was the definitive moment for you when you realised your talent had to be shared with others?

I can’t remember how often we had them, but in primary school we had talent shows during assembly sometimes and I’d always go up and dance like Michael Jackson. I didn’t have the Dangerous album, but I always asked a friend of mine to bring in her cassette tape into school so I could do my thing. I don’t know why but I was never shy and the reaction from my teachers and classmates always gave me a boost. That definitely made me want to always be on stage.

Your career within the group has seen you do shows within the UK, major parts of Europe and the US. Although it must be difficult to choose, what would you state as your most memorable experience within the group?

Being in the studio with Ne-Yo for the first time. Not just because he’s an amazing artist and mentor to have, but you have to understand where we come from. South London. With no money, rehearsing almost everyday in a church building with no mirrors. Just being in Atlanta, seeing Ne-Yo behind the mic, through the glass referencing “Lonely”, a song he wrote for us and looking at Varren and Kyle thinking “Flamin’ heck fellas, we’ve come so far.”
I’ll never ever forget that.

Being a solo star is not easy and you have made a major leap by stepping out on your own. Have you always been brave and daring in your actions, or has the experiences you have had in life so far prepared you for the unexpected?

I haven’t always been like that so yes, I’d say the industry has kind of instilled that within me. I don’t like to wait around. From my experience, nothing beneficial ever comes from it. That’s why they call it “Chasing” the dream. The world, particularly this industry, keeps spinning. You’ve got to keep up. Sometimes I wish I was “brave and daring” a lot sooner in my career, for all our sakes, but everything happens for a reason so… I’ll try and continue to be headstrong from this point forward, since it’s the only way I ever see results.

What would you say is the best thing/s about being you and why?

Hmmmm… I think the best thing about being me is my creativity. Because it’s allowed me to survive and keep my supporters, my ‘heroes’, excited and interested about my music. I’m always coming up with new ideas and I can get inspired by the smallest things.


For the remix of ‘Then and Now’ you got the opportunity to work with highly renowned UK producer Dready who is one of the few if not the only UK producer to work with a wide array of UK and US talents including: Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, Young Jeezy, Lloyd Banks, Jay Sean, Estelle, The Game and Rah Digga! now he can add Jermaine Riley to his list ;) For you as an artist, what was it like working with him on this project?

Dready’s an amazing friend and an incredible producer. I feel blessed to have him as part of the project and have him fully endorse my talent and potential. As creative people, there’s not much we don’t see eye to eye on, which is why our working relationship is a breeze! He makes the beat. I write the song. That is all. I wish the world could hear all the other music we’ve created together. It’s CRAZY! I have no doubt that he’s one of the best producers in the world.

If given the opportunity who would be your dream artist to collaborate with and why?

Probably, Usher. Mainly because he’s been a huge influence ever since he put out “Think Of You” from his debut album. I’d be honoured to hear him sing something I’ve written.

Within FDM you made plans to conquer the US market and for a time relocated to the US to make your album. Now you have embarked on your own solo path. Is conquering the US market still in your sights or are you focusing on the European market first?

I’m just focused on the world really. I’ll go wherever my music is embraced. Obviously I’d love to venture back over to the US, but I’m just getting started so I’ve been focusing on making the best product possible. Hopefully the US does fall into the pipeline, since most of my influences are born and bred there. It’d be a blessing to have that acknowledgement from overseas.

There are a number of UK artists who are making major waves overseas. Does this encourage you in your own endeavours?

Definitely! I feel really proud to be British! We’re doing amazing things, like never before. Just makes it clear that you can come from this little island we call the UK and make a worldwide impression. It’s really motivational.

In-spireLS Magazine love individuals who have faced adversity in someway or another and who have overcome many barriers that life has thrown at them. For you Jermaine, so far in your career or your life in general. Have you had to face any barriers and if yes, what steps have you taken to overcome them?

I think the main barrier I/we have faced is being the underdog, no matter how much we proved ourselves. Not getting the recognition we deserved. But that also kept us going in a way. I think we overcame by remaining tight as a unit and motivating each other through the ups and downs.

What drives and motivates you?

My family and friends… and the success stories of those I look up to. I love a good E! True Hollywood story! Haha!


Who or what in-spires you the most?

Great art, whether it be someone’s music, a picture or an idea. Or when I see someone face adversity and go from nothing to something. Makes me want the same for myself.

Away from dancing, singing and being and all-round entertainer, what other hidden talents do you have under up your sleeve that many do not know about?

Honestly, I’ve kind of made all my talent clear for the world to see. Haha! Granted I’m still growing as an artist and plan to learn new things, but I don’t see the point in hiding talent up my sleeve at this stage in my life/career. It’s all or nothing.

How supportive are your friends and family as you embark onto the next chapter of your life and career?

Extremely supportive! Everyone’s anxious to hear the album and see what direction I’m taking. They’ve really helped me to believe in myself.

How have your fans taken the news of your departure from FDM and do you see your leaving having an impact on your career or are your optimistic and ready for what’s to come?

Surprisingly, the common reaction I’ve experienced from the fans is a mixture of shock, disappointment and understanding. Our truest fans have watched us achieve a lot over the years but have also witnessed the struggle, and towards the end it was just struggle, for me anyway. So I think a lot of people expected something to happen, be it positive or negative. I’m optimistic and excited about a new chapter for all of us.

Your album is actually ‘superman’ themed which fits perfectly with our interview- we honestly couldn’t have planned it better! How did you come up with the ‘Superman’ theme for your album?

Well, I’ve had the ‘Superman’ alter-ego thing going for a few years now. Hello Earth is kind of the sequel to the mixtape I put out in 2008, Goodbye Krypton. I remixed Snoop Dogg’s “Sensual Seduction” as “Superman Seduction” and that snowballed into a whole conceptual project. I just didn’t want to make a regular R&B remix. I like the idea of making something that’s a lot more creative and stimulating than what’s expected.

Do you have any positive quotations or mantras that you apply to your life. If yes, what are they?

In regards to being a perfectionist, Frank Ocean once said to me “I don’t care who it annoys, ’cause at the end of the day they’ll get over it and the music lasts forever.”

What can readers expect from you in the coming months?

I just shot the video for the first single off the album, “There’s Only One Me”, which was a great experience! I had a blast! I’m currently brainstorming ideas for the next one and I’m also excited that the album’s almost finished and I’m at the stage where I’m working on my live show. To be on the road again, but by myself is definitely going to be memorable!

Your website is great but it doesn’t state whether you are on any social networking sites- if you are, what sites can fans connect with you on?

My website actually houses all my social networking sites! My Tumblr blog, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Formspring can all be accessed in the different sections. Just click and explore! It’s a one-stop shop for everything ‘Jermaine Riley’… there’s no need to go anywhere else. But since you asked… the best place to connect with me is www.twitter.com/SUPERsays and be sure to Like me on www.facebook.com/jermainerileymusic.

Any final words to your fans and In-spireLS readers?

Stay positive, be strong and make the necessary steps to achieve your dreams!


Thank you Jermaine for answering our questions. Please round them off by completing these sentences….

I am at my best when….. working with talented people.

I am most passionate about…. my music.

Self belief can…… inspire others.

Focus can…… change your circumstance.

Determination means……. ignoring the negative and creating your own positivity.

I am at my happiest when……… I’m eating.

Three words that best describe me are……….. Creative. Perfectionist. Determined… (I hate this question. Haha!)

I am a ‘Superman’ because……… I wear red pants over my jeans in my down time. - In-spireLS Magazine


The definition of ‘true‘ or ‘all round‘ artist varies depending on who you talk to. Some think it is an artist that simply churns out hit records, others think it is an artist that can sing & dance at the same time! I think it requires more than that. I think a true all round artist is one that contributes to every process of his/her musicality, image & direction, always with a genuine focus on what we all want, the music. Jermaine Riley, for me epitomizes the all rounder. The former FDM singer, dancer, songwriter and graphic designer is newcomer as a solo artist but already many are enjoying Riley’s music and are excited to see more. Check out the feature interview with Jermaine after the jump and more on singles ‘Then & Now‘ & ‘Homeless Hero‘ from forthcoming album Hello Earth.

How has the transition been from being part of the group FDM to becoming a solo artist?

It was difficult at first because the group is the reason people know my face and my voice. It’s the reason people want to work with me and hear my new stuff. We achieved incredible things. After 8 years that’s all I knew and I think it’s safe to say that together we were something rare. Walking away from all that is hard, especially when the relationship goes way beyond just working together. We’re family.

Those guys, Varren & Kyle, are my brothers, and I never ever took for granted the fact that I was never alone. Plus, I’m a great team player, I loved being in a group. Now, it’s all on me. I have to create my own magic and my own impact. Although, half way through recording my album I realised that I still have to give people a little bit of FDM, because that’s what they loved and that’s what I’m known for. So I guess it’s still quite challenging. It’s still fresh for me. It’s only been 3 months. But I understand that my dream isn’t gonna wait around for me just because I have talent. I’m chasing it and I’m ready to be back doing what I love.

Describe your music in 5 words?

“Something everyone should be buying.” Hahaha! Nah, um… “An escape from whatever’s boring.”

You are an allrounder when it comes to your music, songwriting, image and direction. Is this something you believe is critical to your success and why?

That means a lot, thank you! I think it’s the reason why my supporters have high expectations of what I do as an artist. By not being a one trick pony. Everyone I look up to takes pride in covering all ground as an artist.

From Michael Jackson to Beyoncé to Usher to Kanye… the FULL package is important, to me anyway. It’s great to be able to bounce between crafts too. Be in front of the camera as the artist one day and then be behind the scenes as a song writer or graphic designer the next. It keeps me busy and relevant.

Your latest single “Then & Now” gives an honest perspective about the realities of the music business. What are some of the main hurdles you have faced and how did you deal with it?

The main hurdle I’ve faced is signing something and it not really amounting to anything. As artists we tend to put all our faith into contracts and deals and I’ve learned not to do that. You can only rely on yourself, and the capable people you chose to be on your team. You have to make and keep yourself valuable to everyone around you. Nothing else matters. You haven’t made it until you’ve made it and that pen to paper just means you just signed up for hard work and it’s all on you. So be sure to stay humble.

What advise would you give to young up and coming artists about what to expect from the music business?

Expect the world to try and put you in a box. But you can break free from it if you work hard and show them why you’re different. No one will ever understand how much we heard “B2K this” and “B2K that” when we first started. Hahaha! But after a short while we stopped being compared to them and other groups and everyone started to appreciate us for us. Being overlooked is to be expected too, but use that as motivation to succeed. If you know you have what it takes, show and prove it. People like surprises. And last but most certainly not least, show love to your fans! They’ve taken the time the watch your video, download your song, come to your show and talk about you to their friends… the least you can do is make them feel appreciated.

Tell us more about your graphic design background & how you bring this out into your music?

When I was in college I taught myself how to use photoshop because the group I was in at the time needed a logo and flyers. I drew caricatures of us, scanned them into my computer and played around with them, using the different tools. The rest is history. A couple years later I started designing logos, MySpace pages and websites for other artists.
Whether it be artwork or videos, the visual side is a big deal in regards to how you perceive the music. That’s what my SUPERspective Ent. imprint is all about really; myperspective. I’ve always had an artistic eye since I was in school and paid close attention to what works or what I think looks rubbish. Like how the colour of an album cover can create a whole vibe for the project in your mind. All the art is relative. My album and single covers (aside from “Then And Now”) don’t have my face on them, purposely. I can pose my butt off all day long but for me that’d be boring and predictable. Haha! The art, concept and music are much more important.

I love the uniqueness & originality of the superman theme that transcends all your music and branding. How did this concept originate and why did you chose to involve it in your music?

Thank you! I’ve ALWAYS loved comic books and I’m still a big kid. Haha! So it’s never left me and my passion for it is something a lot of people tend to notice. When I first designed my MySpace page I used FDM’s signature colours from the “Jump” video (red, yellow and blue). Coincidentally, they’re the same colours of Superman’s uniform.

My friend Katelynn, a fan of the group started calling me “her Superman”. I then thought it’d be cool to photoshop a picture I found of Superboy to look like me and the name just stuck! Everyone’s reaction to the picture made me think “Okay, I like this. This is me from now on.” I never involved it in my music until years later when I heard Snoop Dogg’s “Sensual Seduction”… which I couldn’t resist remixing! I changed the title to “Superman Seduction”, threw it online as a free download and the fans reaction was overwhelming! I enjoyed the song but I didn’t know everyone else would like it as much as they did. Then, I heard Ryan Leslie’s “Addicted”, remixed that as “Super Addiction” and those two songs became the beginning of what is now Goodbye Krypton: The Mixtape, which I put out back in 2008.

The “Homeless Hero” video is centred on this superhuman theme. Is this concept something that you will continue in future videos?

For this project, yes. I’ll have to think of clever ways to incorporate it. It’s my thing now, my niche, so I have to ride this Superman thing out, see where it takes me. Who knows, I might get bored of it after promoting the heck out of this album. Haha! We’ll see.

What can we expect from your forthcoming album “Hello Earth” and when is it likely to be released?

Just great music. 11 tracks you can dance, drive, clean the house or get intimate to. Something for everyone. An interesting take on Superman’s life… through my eyes. It’s crazy because during the writing/recording process I discovered that he must feel how humans do sometimes. Just because he has powers doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel the things we feel. Like humans, he must get frustrated, angry, feel taken advantage of, fall in love and even get horny sometimes. So with that, I know people will still be able to relate to the songs in some way. Right now we’re aiming at September for the release. But there’s a lot I want to do in preparation for it. My followers are really anxious but I know they’d understand if they knew all the plans that I’m trying to put in place for them. It’s all for them, a gift, that’s why the album’s free. I need and love my ‘heroes’. I see every like, tweet and comment. It sounds SUPER-cliche but I don’t care, they save ME all the time! ;-)

- YIN & YANG


Remember RnB group Fun*dmental? Of course, no one could forget those hot dance moves, banging beats and adorable colour-co-ordination! And now one slice of the trio has returned with his debut album ‘Hello Earth’ and is looking even sexier than before…

Jermaine Riley is not only a great vocalist, but a talented dancer, songwriter and graphic designer – multi-faceted is an understatement. The British singer has re-emerged with this new album following the success of his collaboration with chart-topper Chipmunk on the ‘Then & Now (Remix)’, a track Jermaine not only featured on but wrote the hook for. The song taken from the ‘Champion’ singers ‘Transition’ album, was released earlier this year along with a promotional video called ‘The Homeless Hero’ for the upcoming album release. An avid comic book fan, Jermaine’s passion for graphic design and interest in superheroes, particularly Superman, eventually crept its way into his music and has become the theme of his music releases and entire production branding. Jermaine’s SUPERspective project brand saw him release his mixtape ‘Goodbye Krypton’ in 2008 which included his versions of popular songs with his own unique super spin to it.

There was a lively discussion on BBC’s 1Xtra recently about Jermaine’s return, showing that his work behind the scenes writing music for other artists and producers had not gone unnoticed, and nor had his potential to make his mark on the UK RnB scene. For the creative talent, ‘Making music and being on stage performing come 2nd nature to me… but doing it by myself makes everything new again. It’s all original material this time. I want people to pay attention.’

Keep a look out for Jermaine’s album ‘Hello Earth’ coming soon. To get more information visit his website and follow him on Twitter @SUPERsays.

Words by Catherine Ababio

- FLAVOUR MAGAZINE


FDM (formerly Fundmental 03) burst onto the scene with the track ‘Jump’ 8 years ago. However over the last few years, unless you followed them closely, they seemed to have disappeared. On the contrary, they’ve been heavy on their grind in the industry and despite fallen opportunities, were a group that were very much in a league of their own. Now group member Jermaine Riley has started his own solo project ‘Hello Earth’ which is a new free album. This is a follow up to a mixtape he released in 2009. There is currently a remix by Dready for the track ‘Then and Now’.

For the ‘Then and Now’ remix and to keep up to date visit: http://www.jermaineriley.com/ - MOBO's


WHEN WE at here! first heard that UK boy group FDM (formerly Fun*dmental) were no more, there were audible gasps around the newsroom.

The talented trio, comprised of Jermaine Riley, Kyle Lettman and Varren Wade, had after all caught the eye of US superstar, Ne-Yo and were reallocating to America to penetrate the US market the same way they had done amongst R’n’B fans on our UK shores. But then, the group disbanded.

Still, there was soon relief when we learned that Riley, the group’s former front man, had decided to go solo and had released a free downloadable mixtape, heralding his return to the music scene.

Nine Ten Eleven: The Refixes is a tantalising taster of what we can expect from the new solo star in the future. With a mixture of reworked hits, including Beyoncé’s 1+1, and original material, including my personal favourite, Missing You Too (sung over Drake’s Dreams Money Can Buy), Nine Ten Eleven: The Refixes will have you dancing, reflecting and bopping your head to every one of its 10 tracks.

For the inquisitive among us, Then and Now narrates the story leading to the group’s breakdown and the singer’s frustration with aspects of the music industry.

“This body of work is dedicated to every artist working their a** off trying to make it,” Riley said. “Don't stop! Live good.”

Nine Ten Eleven: The Refixes is a showcase of UK talent at it’s best. Nice work Mr Riley! - THE VOICE NEWSPAPER


Discography


FDM - "THE PUDDING" MIXTAPE (2010) - http://limelinx.com/files/d3b5d25ec82bca64fea4cbceb58670e9

"GOODBYE KRYPTON: THE MIXTAPE" (2008) & "NINE TEN ELEVEN - THE REFIXES" MIXTAPE (2011) - http://jermaineriley.bandcamp.com

"HELLO EARTH" (2012) http://jermaineriley.bandcamp.com
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Songwriting:

CHIPMUNK - "THEN AND NOW" - (Transition, 2011) - http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/transition/id426996095

MIKE HOUGH - "HERO" - http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/hero-radio-edit-single/id418612457

CHERRI V - "INBOX" & "STOLE MY HEARTBEAT" (Shades of Red EP, 2011) - www.singersroom.com/mixroom/Cherri-V-Shades-of-Red/99

SHAUN RILEY - "LIFE OF RILEY", "LIFE GOES ON" & "LIFE GOES ON... AND ON!" MIXTAPE(S) - http://shaunriley.bandcamp.com

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Bio

British-bred singer/song writer (and former 1/3 of UK R&B group FDM), Jermaine Riley has been looking up to many a hero of R&B/pop culture for quite some time now. Michael Jackson being the first, as Jermaine spent hours in front of the TV as a child, emulating the icon. "I wouldn't go anywhere without my white socks and black plimsoles, it didn't matter what else I was wearing." he says. "I wanted to be him." With MJ at the top, this list soon grew, along with his anticipation to see his very own name on it.

Fast forward to adulthood; hundreds of shows, several tours, a few music videos and an everlasting back catalogue of songs later and you will find Riley flying the skies once again, stronger than ever.

"Making music and being on stage performing come 2nd nature to me… but doing it by myself makes everything new again."

An adept dancer and entertainer (not to mention a professional graphic designer, creating all his album artwork and promotional designs), Jermaine's song writing and signature tone have garnered the acclaim of fans, artists and producers far and wide. Most recently, such noteworthy talent skipped managers and publishers but landed him on platinum UK rapper Chipmunk's new album Transition, as the voice behind the emotive autobiographical track "Then And Now". Giving him the boost he needed amidst turbulent times. "I wrote that when I was broke!" he exclaims. "The irony of it becoming my first major song placement is crazy to me."

Now, amidst penning songs for many different artists and producers, both upcoming and established, Riley has unleashed a trilogy of conceptual bodies of work to date; Goodbye Krypton: The Mixtape (2008), Nine Ten Eleven: The Refixes (2011) and the critically acclaimed Hello Earth (2012), which he insists the world refer to not as a mixtape, but a 'free album'.

"It's all original material this time. I think its quality enough to allow people to put the album stamp on it, despite it being free... "Mixtape" makes it sound disposable to me and I want people to pay attention."

Sprinkled with a star-studded cast of producers (Harmony, Dready, Parker & James) and several notable features from upcoming talent, Hello Earth has achieved over a staggering 150,000 downloads online, with an influx of devoted fans showing sincere support since Jermaine’s FDM days. Consequently capturing the attention of Japanese independent label P-Vine Records and placing the project on shelves in over 600 record stores across Japan. The self-penned offering definitely set a positive tone for his latest set of ear-pleasing "refixes", entitled Ten Eleven Twelve, which sees him set his Superman moniker aside for the first time to focus on the real 'Jermaine Riley'.

“I’m really excited for my supporters to hear this particular project because I touched upon my reality. Whether it’s a serious subject or more tongue-in-cheek, I think the overall project is a great set up for future projects. If you love R&B and enjoy story-telling, I believe you’ll love this.”

With everlasting creativity, an unwavering work ethic and a 2nd album set for 2013, Jermaine Riley's potential for superstardom is substantially apparent. Up, up and away...