When New Jersey-based reggae singer Jah Jah Yute is introduced to Jamaicans overseas, the first thing he is asked is if he is related to a former Jamaican prime minister. Why? Because his real name is Steadman Shearer and people want to know if this tall, talented and statesmanlike artist is connected to former Jamaican Prime Minister Hugh Shearer. And, yes, they are indeed cousins!
Jah Jah Yute was born in the hills of Hanover, Jamaica and he got an early all-access pass to the world of reggae music because his dad was a sound system operator. After partnering with a number of sound systems and producers, most notably African Symbol in Montego Bay, he migrated to the US where he has been recording in New Jersey and performing locally since, selling thousands of EP and albums at local trade fairs in the New York tri-stat region. To date, he has five albums that are commercially available.
His latest full-length album is called I-Ration (Enel Productions), a set with eleven blazing roots and culture songs. As his career escalates and the buzz builds around him, Jah Jah Yute will be perform on a number of area shows during the summer period so keep your eyes open for the electrifying Jah Jah Yute at a show near you.