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 “When Jah9 sings, hearts and minds awaken. Old school blues improvisation, meets hard hitting lyrical prowess, in a rich imaginative blend of vocal clarity and complexity. She sings with a voice that belies the dimensions of her physical body, from a soul much older than its current vessel. Her philosophy is profoundly spiritual, and her style is Jazz on Dub.”

Jah9 was born Janine Cunningham in the Western rural town of Falmouth to a social worker mother and preacher father. College brought her into town, the campus introduced her to Rastafarians, dub and roots reggae.  Taking her childhood nickname of Jah9, she became a staple of Jamaica's progressive poetry scene, while recording demos with producer Sheldon Bernard led her to the legendary Beres Hammond. Through Hammond, she signed with Don Corleone Records in 2010 and recorded the singles "Warning" and "Keep Holding On" with producer Donovan Bennett. Her breakthrough year came in 2013 when her track "Brothers" shared a single with Chronixx and his song "Smile Jamaica" on the flipside, then her debut album, the aptly titled New Name, landed on Rory "Stone Love" Gilligan's label.  A year later she released the compilation Singles, and in 2016 she joined the VP label with  her new Full length CD Simply Titled “9”.

With 2 years of solid touring behind her and landing headlining slots on European and North American Festivals in 2015 and 2016, 2017 looks very bright for 9.

 Jamaica’s best-kept secret” – as Mikey Bennett of Grafton Studios once called her - is now out in the open. With New Name, Jah9 takes a journey through Jazz on Dub passing deep into the heart and mind.   With “9” released on VP Records in September 2016 the journey continues.




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