Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
While the Supreme Ventures-run Cash Pot draw is perhaps the most popular lottery game in the country today, emerging singer Jay Edge is hoping his song, which celebrates what that lottery means to poor people, will reap similar success.
Twenty-three-year-old Jermaine Williams, whose stage name is Jay Edge, has just released his debut single called Mek It Play (Cash Pot) and he has a good feeling about it.
"Basically, it's social commentary about the fact that poor people do whatever they need to do to survive," he said. "For many, Cash Pot is a way of survival. It is a means to send their kids to school and put food on their tables."
He intends to make a video for the song in the near future and hopes that both song and video will help raise public awareness of who Jay Edge is.
"It's a catchy song," he said.
Jay Edge produced the song, which is released on the Kingyard label. He is not some fly-by-night entertainer looking for a hustle. He is a talented singer/musician who has music in his blood.
Ever since he was a young boy growing up in May Pen, Clarendon, Jay Edge has always had music in his life, helping out with his church choir, as well as his fellow students at Denbigh High, as they prepared for the nationally televised All Together Sing. "I basically taught the students how to sing and I also played the keyboard during school devotion," said the dreadlocked artiste.
At the age of 14, he made the finals of the JCDC Children's Gospel Competition.
Shortly after he graduated from Denbigh in 2007, Jay Edge enrolled in the five-year bachelor's programme in Music Education at the Edna Manley School for the Visual and Performing Arts.
However, with two years to go, he dropped out of the programme as his music was pulling him in another direction. He has no regrets.
"Edna Manley really taught me a lot," he said.
Within a year of dropping out, Jay Edge became a fixture at the Wyndham Hotel as the resident singer, and performed on Tuesday nights with the Capstone Band. He has also played with 2012 Heineken Inspire winners Mystikal Revolution Band, as well as Kuttin Edge.
The aspiring star's most recent venture involved him playing keyboard as a member of the Subkonshus Band, the backing band for dancehall star Konshens.
Subkonshus recently returned from a jaunt in Europe where he took the opportunity to spread word about his own talent.
"I'm always doing my thing," he said. "I brought along my CD trying to get my big break."
His talent and ambition have caught the eye of Lydon 'Kingy' Lettman.
"He is a talented musician. I think the industry has a space for him," said Lettman, who also manages the burgeoning career of former Rising Star singer Chris Martin.