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Entertainer 'Powerful' anxious for a 'buss'

Published:Saturday | March 7, 2015 | 3:00 AM

The journey for Jamaican entertainers to reach the top is usually a demanding process that requires perseverance and commitment.

One budding entertainer, who is determined to reach the top is 31-year-old Sean Johnson, who adopted the stage name 'Powerful' because of the power of the lyrical content of his songs.

'Powerful' who hails from Fairview in St Catherine, combines singing with rapping, a style he said has made him unique in the business.

The last of three boys and one girl for his parents, he started his quest to become an entertainer at the tender age of 10, after the death of his father, by performing at concerts and school functions.

"I consider myself a very good entertainer, I just want a 'buss' but it is hard when you don't have the right person to manage you," Johnson told Rural Xpress.

According to him, he has been writing his own songs since 2010 and has gone to the studios twice recording two singles: Just Another Day on the Lock The City label and Youths of Today on the Leaf Of Life label, both CDs as far as he knows, got some amount of airplay.

"I don't know what is happening with these singles, you see, because I sound nice, I was invited to do these songs, but I really don't know about the business aspect of the thing," he conceded.

Johnson disclosed that he has enough songs to make two albums, but will only be putting another single out on the Qure Kool label titled I Never Know. He said he is taking this approach until he gets a management team to guide the promotional and business aspect of his career.

The young entertainer revealed that he is no stranger to live performances having got his first opportunity in 2010, when he performed at 'Ochie Invasion' in St Ann. This was followed up by two performances on the Sagicor promotional shows. He also appeared in a music video with Turbulence and others.

At the moment, 'Powerful' is anxious to find an outlet to exhibit his talent. "With the right management, I have a lot of confidence that I can become international. Right now, I am just hoping that I will find that person," he confessed, adding that the uplifting lyrics he writes will be a positive influence on the nation's youths.

He has a message for the youth: imploring them to stay positive and never give up but try to do something to make tomorrow a better day. He encouraged them to have faith and believe that when there is life there is everything.

Looking to the future Powerful who plans to put all efforts into developing the professional side of his career so he can be counted among the great entertainers whom he said have set the pace.

- Ruddy Mathison

rural@gleanerjm.com