ATLANTA, GA – When Jamaris “Jaymar” Jackson isn’t feeling straight and can’t seem to motivate himself to do something, listening to music almost always changes his mood.
More often than not he’ll listen to some of the old-school greats – such as Luther Vandross or Smokey Robinson. He’s also fond of Usher and female artists like Anita Baker and Beyonce. Over the years their music has served as inspiration to him, so that today this up-and-coming musician from Atlanta is ready to bring his own unique sound of R&B and Soul to the table.
His first EP, “The Ride Home,” is the perfect demonstration of that unique sound. It’s a project that includes six songs that display, as he says, “The way my mind works.”
“I tend to wonder from one thing to another, and this EP is kind of like that in that it explores a lot of different elements,” Jaymar said. “It talks about heartache and love and making love and just various elements that came together. Ultimately it’s an album that’s a tribute to the way music touched me. And I hope my music in some way can touch others in the same way.”
The first single off the EP is called “Another Lie.” It’s a song about being cheated on, and he knows that most people who hear it will be able to empathize with the lyrics in some way or another.
“I’ve been writing that song for the longest time,” he said. “I’ve been writing it for the people who have been in situations like that. It started when I was dating someone and found out a lie about them, and ultimately that experience was my motivation to get back into the studio and write. I needed to release some energy instead of just sit around and mope, so I reached out to some producers in Atlanta and got in the studio and let that energy flow.”
Jaymar first realized he could sing at the age of when he participated in a school talent show. It wasn’t until age 15 that he started to write his own music. He said he can still remember the first song he ever wrote, called “Slow Ride,” because of how funny it was. From that day forward, music has been a part of his life. And though today he spends his days working in Information Technology to make ends meet, it’s not his ultimate dream.
“I can have a career in IT, but I really want to do something for me – something that gets me out of bed in the morning and allows me to leave my mark on the world,” he said. “Music is it. And my voice is different … in a good way. When you combine everything – the lyrics and melodies and beats and extras that I put into it – I think you’ll be intrigued and take interest in it. You’ll see what I mean when I say it’s a different sound, and you’ll like it.”
Fans who want to sample Jaymar’s music can do so by searching jaymar_music on Soundcloud. Fans can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram @thatsJaymar.