Gospel influenced Artist, J. Jamal releases his triumphant EP, “ILIKEME’
Driven by faith and a determination for change, J. Jamal is a young artist creating his own path and finding his own sound. Cultivated by the California sunshine, his desire is to present a largely genre-less sound. Influenced by gospel greats such as Donnie McClurkin and Kirk Franklin, and soulful crooners like Luther Vandross, Jamal spreads a message of faith, hope, inspiration, and love, that he calls his “LoveStyle”.
From singing solos as a toddler in church alongside his siblings to recording the first of what he hopes to be many projects as an adult, J. Jamal has shown his ability to be smooth and soulful, with a Baptist vibe. He had the humblest of beginnings, singing his first solo at 2 years old, under the direction of his first choir director, his godmother. At 17, as a member of the St. Andrews Missionary Baptist Church, he accepted the call to preach and to use his voice in a brand new way. It took quite a while for him to find his voice, but that never muted the song in his heart. As his pastor states, he’s not a singer who can preach. He’s a preacher who can sing. He’s used this to his advantage, performing as a contestant on the Next Up Concert Series in Inglewood, CA, and other performances throughout the fall and winter of 2018. The best is truly yet to come.
J. Jamal’s debut EP, iLikeMe, is available on all streaming outlets and can be heard across multiple applications digitally. Birthed out of a place of tragedy, this project signals his transition into the man he has become, and triumph over the difficulties that came along with that transition. As he says, this is his first step on the road to the good life. He’s laying the groundwork for what he feels his story will become. This is only the beginning. And from here? The sky’s the limit.
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