Name: Jordan James Amadi-Myers
Birthdate: 24 October 1996
Hometown: London, UK
Fave sport: Football
Fave team: Arsenal
Introducing… J Vessel
“I’ve always believed that music could be used for more than self glorification and uninspired hooks” MOBO Award nominee J Vessel ponders, “If music has the power to change someones mood, it has the power to change their life.”
Jordan ‘J Vessel’ Amadi-Myers made history in 2014 by becoming the youngest ever independent solo artist to be nominated for a MOBO Award as well as an Urban Music Award both in the same year, at just 17. Now 21, he’s had another Urban Music Award nomination, a Premier Gospel Award win and a debut album (Reflections) which peaked at #2 on the iTunes christian chart. He has already been labelled ‘the future of UK urban music’ from music fans as well as some of his musical heroes such as Guvna B.
With an energetic live show and much crowd participation, 2016 saw J Vessel headline schools tours in Slovakia at some of the biggest festivals in the UK, including Big Church Day Out and NewDay. Coming from a christian household J Vessel endeavours to bring the hope he has found in God to the masses. His urban sound has proved to be a big hit with the youth, bursting onto the scene with his aptly titled debut single “I’m A Vessel” in 2012 to his 2014 summer hit “Amazing Love” which earned him his first #1 single on the AStepFwd Charts.
Staying true to his beliefs, J Vessel is an artist that redefines mainstream popular culture. Thematically, one can find inspiration, faith and honesty in his music. But its more than that. If Oscar Wilde was correct when he said, “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation,” its easy to understand the attraction to J Vessel. In a sea of indulgent music, he’s swimming against the tide embracing all the things that make him the man he is, including his faith.
Whether he’s on stage bringing an audience to its feet or off stage fielding interview questions with a potent combination of intellect and wit, it’s obvious J Vessel is a born communicator with music his instrument.
“It is absolutely undeniable that music is an universal language,” Vessel says expressing an unbridled enthusiasm for his artistic vehicle. “It’s so influential because you are able to say so much in such a short period of time. When you stand behind that microphone you have the freedom to say whatever you want. You hold the key. Your words can either bring freedom or bondage for the listener. You have a unique opportunity to give somebody hope. You represent exactly what is deepest and dearest to you and people respond to that. They respond to that realness.”
A native of London, England, J Vessel grew up a troubled kid who was kicked out of public school because of his cheeky remarks and mischievous behaviour. Sports and music became positive outlets for his excessive energy. “I was more involved in football, playing for Fulham FC academy until I discovered an application called Garage Band on my Dad’s computer” he remembers. “It started off as just beats, until I found out that you could record on there too! I recorded my first song ‘Drunk in the Spirit’ with and old microphone and one of my mum’s head scarves for a pop shield and the rest is history!”
Vessel with help from his parents gradually built a studio in his house where he recorded his raps and worked on his craft.
“Growing up the son of a Christian DJ, all I knew was gospel music until about 13 years old and this included gospel rap. So when it came time for everyone to write their favourite rapper down in year 7 and everyone was writing Jay Z and N Dubz but I was writing Guvna B and Lecrae! From early on, subconsciously, I was taught a different perspective on life through music and so when I started writing, positive vibes is what naturally came out!”
J Vessel, originally under the name ‘JAM Productions’ would occasionally get the opportunity to perform at open mic events his Dad would DJ at fuelling his passion and love for music. He recorded a song called ‘I’m a Vessel’ which would prove to be a crowd pleaser as he began making a name for himself. Soon other more established artists were enlisting J Vessel to add his considerable skills to their projects, with features on Ekklesia’s “Happy”, Guvna B’s “Next Ting 140,” and more.
“I remember finding out Guv wanted to work with me,” he says of working with Guvna B. “He sent me a message on Facebook after a friend of his had recommended he get at me after seeing me shut down a show in Birmingham. I sprinted down stairs like ‘Mum, Dad, Guvna B wants me on his album!’.”
Now 21, He just released his own debut album Reflections, which peaked at #2 on the iTunes christian chart.
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