Jah9 sings, hearts
and minds awaken.
Old school blues improvisation, meets hard hitting
lyrical prowess, in a rich imaginative blend of vocal clarity
and complexity. She sings with a voice that belies the
dimensions of her physical body, from a soul much older than its
current vessel. Her philosophy is profoundly spiritual, and her
style is Jazz on Dub.”
Jah9 was born Janine
Cunningham in the Western rural town of Falmouth to a social
worker mother and preacher father. College brought her into
town, the campus introduced her to Rastafarians, dub and roots
reggae. Taking her
childhood nickname of Jah9, she became a staple of
Jamaica's progressive poetry scene, while recording demos with
producer Sheldon Bernard led
her to the legendary Beres Hammond. Through Hammond, she signed with Don Corleone
Records in 2010 and recorded the singles "Warning" and "Keep
Holding On" with producer Donovan
Bennett. Her breakthrough year came in 2013 when her
track "Brothers" shared a single with Chronixx and his song "Smile Jamaica" on the flipside, then her
debut album, the aptly titled New Name, landed on Rory
"Stone Love" Gilligan's label.
A year later she released
the compilation Singles, and in 2016 she joined the VP label
with her new Full length
CD Simply Titled “9”.
With 2 years of solid touring behind her and
landing headlining slots on European and North American
Festivals in 2015 and 2016, 2017 looks very bright for 9.
best-kept secret” – as Mikey Bennett of Grafton Studios once
called her - is now out in the open. With
New Name, Jah9 takes a
journey through Jazz on Dub passing deep into the heart and
mind. With “9” released
on VP Records in September 2016 the journey continues.