Versatility, Determination, and Youth; those are the words that describe Toronto's newest up and coming soca artist J-Khan. Born in Couva, Trinidad, Jerome Khan spent his early years in San Fernando before immigrating to Toronto with his family. As a child growing up in Toronto, J-Khan was still very well exposed to Trinidadian culture by his family. Soca/calypso music was the only music he heard around the house growing up and quickly became his passion as he entered into his teens. In a recent interview J-Khan explained "Sometimes I would go to school singing some of my favourite soca tunes and nobody ever knew the songs I was singing, when I tried to explain that it was soca music it was like nobody even knew what soca was".
At around the age of 14, J-Khan began to start listening to music more popular in and around his community such as R & B, and rap. He then realized he had a talent for writing music and start writing R&B, rap and poetry as a hobby, but by age 17 J-Khan decided to return back to his roots and write his favourite kind of genre, Soca. "I realized that I was very good at writing songs when I would receive I prays from friends and family. It was then that I realized, why not make my favourite music, why not create my passion, why not composing and sing soca." J-Khan began singing soca music at the age of 18. As a senior in high school J-Khan became a member of a group called Chosen 1 Sound, a group of young Dj's who performed reggae, rap and of course soca at local shows and clubs in and around Toronto. He is now currently hard at work on his debut album expected to be released mid to late 2008.
J-Khan's style of soca has been described as a Ragga Soca approach, but when asked to describe himself as a soca artist he says "I'm a soca artist with many different styles, I try to always mix and change it up so I don't become boring or repetitive". With the energy of Machel Montano and the fire of Bunji Garlin, J-Khan has developed his own formula for success. When asked what he hopes to accomplish in this heavily competitive soca industry, J-Khan says "I just hope to be a respected figure in the soca industry, locally first and then of course internationally".
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