I-Octane nabbed three Awards at the seventh annual staging of the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards which was held on Saturday, March 12, 2011 on the East Lawns of the historical Devon House in Kingston. I-Octane, who was nominated in four categories, walked away with a majority of the awards he was nominated for – except Culture Artist of the Year that went to Tarrus Riley. Octane won Singjay of the Year (Male), Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Song of the Year (Reggae) for “My Life.” The singjay, who was unable to attend the award ceremony due to a previously booked event, was overjoyed at the news. I-Octane remarks, “Much thanks to those who voted for me in each category, your support is really appreciated. I also want to thank Richie B, because without his vision, hard work and dedication there would not be an EME Award show. My only regret is that I was not there to represent and personally received my awards. Nonetheless, I am very happy about the recognition. I can’t say thank you enough.”
I-Octane also received three (3) Linkage Awards for Entertainer of the Year, Most Consistent Artist and Song of the Year for “My Life” and a Carivibez TV Award for Video of the Year for song “Lose A Friend.” However the recognition does not stop there, the singjay has been nominated for an International Reggae & World Music Award (“IRAWMA”) in four categories: Best Music Video, Best New Entertainer, Most Promising Entertainer and Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer. The 30th Anniversary of the IRAWMA celebration will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the National Academy for Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
What next? The singjay returns to Jamaica to perform at several shows and return to the studio Thereafter, I-Octane will continue his “My Life” tour. Remaining performances include : March 26th Ocho Rios, Jamaica; April 9th Brentwood, MD; April 16th Tampa Bay, FL; April 23rd Brampton, Canada; April 29th Poughkeepsie, NY; April 30th St. Elizabeth, Jamaica; May 6th Dorchester, MA; May 7th Los Angeles, CA; May 13th Orlando, FL and May 14th Kingston, Jamaica. Additionally, the singjay will be promoting his new single, “Once More” and the soon to be released video for single “Nuh Ramp Wid Wi.”