Jamaica “Kahncept” Smith
Jamaica got his start while singing and playing the drums in church. He later attended Davidson Fine Arts School in Augusta, GA and earned a collegiate scholarship majoring in vocal performance to Kennesaw State University. Singer, producer, writer, arranger and engineer, the school of music taught him musical theory; harmonic expressions, syncopations and complex intervals.
Armed with such a diverse musical gravitation and collectively influenced by a wide range of musical greats from Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Kathleen Battle, Kim Burrell to Portis Head and God Smack, he prides himself a risk taker in the creation process. His sound is a mix of soul, pop, country and R&B well balanced with a broad spectrum of musical aesthetics.
Though, from seemingly humble beginnings, he’s had the opportunity to work with such industry talent as Prince Royce, Sevyn Streeter, Amber Riley from Glee, Luke James, Nate “Danja Hands” Hill (Super Producer), and India Arie (Universal Republic). Nominated for a Grammy Award in 2015 for Best R&B song, he is sure to be a major force in the future of music.