Active: Jamaican Reggae Musician Name: Jah Cure Genre: Reggae, Lovers Rock, Roots Reggae BirthDate: October 11, 1978 Place of Birth: Hanover, Jamaica
After being shaped by his Jamaican roots, Jah Cure started a career in Reggae in 1997. The following year led to turmoil and a prison sentence that fueled his art. Days after a 2007 parole, “True Reflections… a New Beginning” kick-started a headline performance and set Jah Cure on the path to a 2016 Grammy nod.
After growing up in Kingston, Jamaica, Jah Cure paired with Sizzla for a duet single, “King in This Jungle,” which dropped in March 1997. The project’s producer, Beres Hammond, took Jah Cure under his wing and helped hone his distinct sound. That led to the release of numerous singles that earned Jah Cure a following with the streaming audience and critical acclaim. In 1998, Jah Cure took to the stage to build a live performance following while touring Europe and the Caribbean Islands, maintaining a musical connection with Beres Hammond and the Harmony House Family.
Jah Cure’s rise cut short in November 1998 when police in Montego Bay stopped him, charging him with robber, rape and gun possession. That led to his April 1999 prosecution in the Gun Court, where he was found guilty and given a sentence of 15 years in prison.
Jah Cure was transferred from St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre to the Tower Street Adult Correctional Center. This move allowed him to continue making music and drop three albums and several hits singles that made their way to the top of the Jamaican chart. His debut album, “Free Jah’s Cure The Album the Truth,” dropped in 2000. He followed that up in 2003 with “Ghetto Life” in 2005 with “Freedom Blues.” The singles, “Love Is,” “True Reflections” and “Longing For.” and “True Reflections.”
Artist Music Career
After Jah Cure served an eight-year sentence, he was paroled on July 28, 2007. It only took three days for his fourth album, aptly named, “True Reflections…A New Beginning” to drop. His career picked up steam with a live headline performance at the Reggae Sumfest in August of 2007.
After signing with Iyah Cure Productions and VP Records, Jah Cure released “Hot Long Time,” featuring Junior Reid in 2008. It was followed by a mid-2009 release of his fifth studio album, “Universal Cure.” The project was released in the United States on April 14 of that year and generated single hits “Hot Long Time” featuring Flo Rida, Junior Reid and Mavado, along with “Journey” and “Mr. Jailer.”
At the end of 2010, Jah Cure featured Phyllisia on his single “Unconditional Love.” SoBe Entertainment then teased Jah Cure’s next album, “World Cry,” with “Like I See It,” a single featuring Rick Ross and Mavado.
On August 7, 2011, Jah Cure married Kamila Mcdonald, television producer and host, in Sandy Bay Hanover. The following February, the couple bade hello to their daughter, naming her Kailani Belle — “Beautiful Chief from the heavens.”
As the 2012 holiday season drew near, SoBe Entertainment dropped a digital release of “World Cry,” in December. Jah Cure’s sixth studio album hit shelves in hardcopy on January 29, 2013.
Jah Cure’s July 2015 release of “The Cure” worked its way to the top of the Billboard Reggae Album charts after just one week. It also earned a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album of 2016.
Artist Major Works and Achievements
“The Cure,” topped Billboard Reggae Album Charts in July 2015
“The Cure” garnered Jah Cure a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album of 2016