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Jimbolee releases 'Treasure of Love' and more

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Jimbolee

Ocho Rios-based reggae/dancehall singer Jimbolee has signalled that he is ready for the big times with the official release of his latest single, Treasure of Love, along with extra tracks, My Life and Bad Mind.

The singer has also released Never Give Up, which was available on his Colour of Love album, along with a rerelease of I Wish, from the Mixed Feelings album.

The new singles are from the singer's upcoming album, Jimbolee 2016.

Jimbolee has been dubbed by his management team (BlueSides Entertainment) as "reggae's next big thing", because of the high-quality and the quantity of work the singer has put into his career over the years.

According to a release from the team, with a new reggae star coming to the fore each year in Jamaica, 2016 should be the year for Jimbolee to achieve his much-deserved dream of being a huge reggae artiste.

 

NEXT BIG THING

 

"Simply put, he is a reggae singer. The burning desire is not necessarily to succeed, but rather to get his music to the ears of the world and let the world decide what happens after that. But we believe, in all sincerity, that he is reggae music's next big thing," the release states.

"We have released Treasure of Love officially as a single because we believe that, given the right promotion, it will be a big hit in 2016," says Jimbolee, whose real name is Philip Dain Wilmot.

According to the singer, "Releasing three songs simultaneously from my upcoming album, Jimbolee 2016, is all about having a bigger impact, reaching more people with my music. If you don't hear one, you will hear the other. If you don't like one, then definitely you're going to love the other. And the thing is, I have so much good music within me, I just don't feel like holding back anymore. It's my time now."

 

EARLIER YEARS

 

Jimbolee is originally from Exchange, Ocho Rios, St Ann, and like many singers throughout Jamaica's musical history, was introduced to music via the church while attending Exchange Pentecostal, where he fell in love with singing.

Later, at Exchange All-Age and Ocho Rios High School, he continually expressed his love for singing by grabbing at every opportunity to perform.

After high school, Jimbolee relocated to CuraÁao and made a name for himself on the small island, recording several hit songs, some in that island's native language, Papiamentu. The track E'Muraya firmly established Jimbolee as a favourite artiste in CuraÁao.

But inspired by Bob Marley, Dennis Brown and Beres Hammond, Jimbolee longed to become a reggae star in his own land, and returned to his birthplace in 2009 to relaunch his career.

He established his JLee Productions in 2009 and has been recording several songs since then, but not getting the desired results from them.

With the release of Treasure of Love, Jimbolee is hoping that it will be the breakout single that he has been yearning for.