Interview conducted by Randy Fisher
Photo: John Ricard
Make-up: Lisa Jones
Designer/Stylist: Jewel Shannon Designs
Born as Malika Forbes a product of the islands (US Virgin Islands) and the New York mainland USA, she fuses her music with bits and pieces of her history, culture and present life. Whether it be Reggae, Dancehall, Hip Hop, R&B or Soca she is sure to reach the masses. Influenced by many present and past entertainers before her like Bunny Wailer, Bob Marley, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Patrice Roberts, Whitney Houston and Rihanna to name a few, she persists to be only JAHMIKA. She has many singles to date available on iTunes and other major online stores. The collaboration with international dancehall phenom Elephant Man has shown her ability to earn her spot as an international artist on the rise. She is scheduled to have many more star studded collaborations but is now focusing on that right single to stand out of the pack. Stay tuned and tune in to this sultry, feisty songstress as she is bound to please the listening ear.
Where were you born, raised and now reside?
I was born in Brooklyn, New York but raised in the island of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.
How did you get started in the music industry?
Well I always had an interest in music my whole life. When I was younger, I used to sing in school choirs and played the flute. My mom then placed me in the performing arts school program at the Virgin Islands Institute of Performing Arts where I took jazz, ballet, and tap dancing classes. At age 17, I wrote and recorded my 1st single “Notice Me” I was convinced that I was destined to become an entertainer. Determined to pursue my dream, I got introduced to Chris Thomas (CEO) of Powermix/IWAAD Nation and I became a signed artist to his company. I have been developing my craft, strengthening my weaknesses and building on my strong points.
What are your goals in the entertainment industry and in your personal life?
Some of my goals in the entertainment industry is to becoming the first female artist from St.Thomas, Virgin Islands to win a Grammy Award. I will also like to explore and pursue an acting career especially in the area of voice-overs. In addition, I want to become more involved in movie scores where I can experiment with different elements of music so it can be placed in movies. In my personal life, I want to become an advocate for people that suffer from depression and for those who have or have tried to commit suicide.
Name some of the artists that you have worked with in the past?
I have to-date many collaborations with established artists. My present single “Secretary” with dancehall sensation Elephant Man (the energy god) is doing very well. There are more to be released but rather not mention names until the business side of things is taken care of…lol
Are you working on an Album?
Yes, I am currently working on my first album entitled Metamorphosis. The production team provided by my label is a phenomenal one…chemistry just right…I know you all will love this.
Are you working on any projects that address the social needs of the community?
Yes, I am featured on a song “Slow your role” with rapper $crilla. It will be placed on a hip hop album featuring amazing artists such as Kendrick Lamar just to name a few. This album is being promoted/released by the Hip Hop Summit Youth Council (H.H.S.Y.C.) headed by Charles and Randy Fisher who are advocates for gun and gang violence in the communities.
How hard is it to make it in the music industry today?
I feel…making it in this music industry now is very difficult because it’s becoming very saturated. Nowadays, everyone wants to be a singer or a rapper. As a result, the artists that have real talent have to work twice as hard..lol.
Can you offer some words of wisdom to those looking to secure a career in Music?
For anyone that is looking to pursue a career in music, it would be best to have a working team that believes in you because you cannot do this on your own. Find your uniqueness because this is what helps you stand out from the crowd and last but not least believe in yourself…pay attention to your art and how you present yourself…the money will come later!
How does someone get in touch with you if they want to know more about your company or your many projects?
You can reach me on my facebook page, my twitter page and my Instagram . For bookings and inquires you can email email@example.com . Thank you Randy Fisher for taking the time out to vibe with me and to help along my journey and to you Island Stage Magazine for this prestigious opportunity to be showcased in your online magazine. To you, my supporters, fans and to you the readers that just knowing me for the first time…stay tune for more of me…JAHMIKA!!!