Up-and-coming artiste Essae Jv, who is from the Linstead area of St. Catherine, is oozing confidence that his work will one day make him a household name in the entertainment business.
“Every field has its struggles, but once you do what you love, it will push you to work harder than those doing it for money. So, I am confident within myself,” he told The Beacon.
The entertainer, whose real name is Graig Douglas, launched his new EP titled ‘Dreamer’ on March 20. He also released a brand new video for his ‘Trust The Process’ song, produced by Bull Puss Entertainment and Fast Nation Music.
He explained that the song is a motivation for people to persevere. “My song ‘Trust The Process’ is all about doing what you have to do to reach your dream – staying focused no matter what life throws at you,” Essae Jv said.
In explaining the origin of his stage name, the artiste noted that ‘Jv’ is his childhood alias, while ‘Essae’ is based on the name of a group in which he had membership during his high school years. He merged both names.
The former student of Troja Primary, St. Mary’s College and McGrath High School (sixth form) disclosed that his love for music is rooted in the church.
He actually sang on the choir.
At the age of 13, he started entertaining his classmates by belting out lyrics he had written about school life, hardship and the dream for success. The reaction from his peers served as a constant motivation.
Essae Jv envisions himself as a unique and extremely talented artiste, creating music that breaks barriers, gives a voice to the voiceless, and reflects everyday issues.
His favourite artistes are Shaggy, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Bob Marley.
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