Unlike the trend of past decades, where international reggae artists turn to dancehall instead of roots reggae because of its upbeat sound and easy adoption to America’s main stream music, a new voice has been surfacing among the U.S Caribbean community. Jermaine Fagan is an artist who has been educated through the American school system but has been able to identify with the poor because of his humble life. He has taken the route of legends like Bob Marley but with an intellectual flair. Jermaine is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA with a Bachelor in MIS.
Born in St. Thomas, Jamaica, he migrated to the United States in 1999 to pursue a career in Information Technology. In contrast, while attending the University he began to take his musical career, which began as a hobby in Jamaica, much more seriously. Recording tracks daily after classes and performing at local shows on the weekend became his prime interest. After graduating from Temple in 2004, Jermaine started putting his album “More 2 Life’ together. The album was released in 2006, creating a line of hits like More 2 Life, Life and Cease the Talk. After years of endless recording and a line of performances the artist is now preparing to release his second album “Just A Simple Man”. The highly anticipated album has already created a buzz on the internet as one of the most controversial reggae albums. “The album speaks of spiritualism as oppose to religion practiced in the western world” said Jermaine when asked about the concept of the album. The album is scheduled to release on October 31st, 2007.