Jamaican artist Omi on finding his own sound

    Up-and-coming Jamaican star Omar Pasley, better known as Omi, has adopted his own sound after being on the music scene for years and is ready to release his self-penned album.

    Hailing from Clarendon, Jamaica, Omi said he had a very humble upbringing. He wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a musician, but he didn’t fully get into music until he entered high school.

    “I didn’t even have cable TV at that time, but my friends had it. I would try my best to gain from their experiences and gain knowledge from their knowledge, and this is when I started having an appreciation for different genres of music, music that I wasn’t accustom to listening to,” he said.

    Omi’s music is a strong mix of all the elements that make hit songs, from catchy reggae and pop melodies, his sultry islander R&B voice and even some traces of hip-hop. He fittingly described his music as a fusion.

    “You sound like a million people before you actually own a style, to say, ‘Okay, this is my sound, when people hear this they’ll identify with me.’ That’s how it was initially for me. Now I have owned a style, and when people hear me, they are identifying it with this face, and that’s a big accomplishment for me,” he said.

    Omi is currently working on his new album, which is as yet untitled. He’s penned all the songs, including his two current singles, “Standing on all Threes” and “Cheerleader.” A third, “Fireworks,” comes out this month.

    “My audience knows so much about me already; it comes out in my music. Every time I write, every time I put my materials together it tells a little bit more about my story… As a songwriter, I try to capture my life story as well as others’. It is impossible for you alone to experience everything, so what you have to do is you will have to solicit information from the lives of other people and incorporate it in your writing,” he said.

    Omi’s fans will soon be able to connect with his social network sites through his website, www.omimusiconline.com.

    “My fans have been a major support system, and it means so much to me. I am honored, I am humbled by it,” he said.

    —Kimberley Glascoe



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