JahOfYork, a true vocalist at heart, began nurturing his gift of singing at the age of 12. Through dedication and perseverance, JahOfYork developed constructive vocals and lyrics to fill your ears with bold, soothing soul-sounds. Based on true-life scenarios and personal experiences, JahOfYork undoubtedly bangs speakers, eases, and pleases to keep you tuned!
Born in the region of The Bronx on New Years Eve, JahOfYork was raised in New York City. As rare as it may sound, this American of African descent and Antillean heritage, was adopted at the tender age of three, and welcomed into the home of a loving Puerto Rican mother, Dominican father, and their three children.
In his earlier years, he sang for the CityKids Repertory Company, which is known for their past collaborations with Disney, Jim Henson and Nickelodeon. He has trained with New York’s Harlem School of the Arts, and received private lessons from the coach of America’s “Making The Band 4”. In summer 2000, his choir won a first place title in the McDONALD’S U.S.A. NATIONAL GOSPEL COMPETITION. Later that same year, JahOfYork was a principle voice in the Millennium tour celebration in Italy, from which the DVD “All-Star Christmas – From the Vatican (2004)” derived.
JahOfYork’s aunt Jacci McGhee, who provided the original duet vocals in Keith Sweat’s „Make It Last Forever“ and SaltNPeper’s „Expressions“, always provided him with words of inspiration as a vocalist from day one. His other influences stem from deep roots in Jazz, Pop, Hip Hop, Latin and Nu-Wave Electronica…classic sounds like Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson and newer movements like J*Davey, Eric Roberson, Lady GaGa, Beyoncé and Ryan Leslie.
Since 2005, JahOfYork has been constructing an intricate musical endeavor between his hometown and The Netherlands. All of his own original songs have been built up and developed with the support of Dutch and international musicians, singers, sound engineers, lyricists, and residents. His music embodies his travels and speaks very much to the unique musical path he has chosen. An electric experience of Pop, Nu–Jazz and Trip–Hop with a show–tuney ambiance. All self-written and arranged with international peers of equal vision, every bit of his blood, sweat, tears protrudes through his tunes. Signed, sealed and delivered with care for those embracing Urban Electronica and soul-fusion, his first LP, „Stay Tuned” was digitally released in 2009.
Some might only know this New Yorker as a vocalist and performer, but some of you MAY have also seen him on MTVs “Boiling Points” playing an innocent trick on his bestfriend at a New York Delicatessen, a few years back. Or perhaps in 2008 when he co-presented a worldwide National Geographic documentary called “Ultimate Taboo”. A year later, his image was featured in an exhibition called ‘The Jump Project’ at the Melkweg Gallery; followed by yet another appearance in a promo-clip for the new “Heineken Experience” museum. In 2010, he was a poster-face for the international event campaign “Sensation” and modeled for companies such as “Royal Dutch Shell” and Germany’s “Juice” magazine.
Following the release of „Stay Tuned“, JahOfYork immediately got to work on his next project „Il Teknologie“, which made its debut in 2010. This seven-track EP is a playful mix of Pop, Nu-Jazz and Electronic-Soul with a futuristic twist… Toying with the many dynamics of sound, JahOfYork uses different facets of technology to create a whole new experience that goes way beyond just music.
With the first danceable single from the latest „Souuulcosmik LP“, JahOfYork’s „Euromerikan“ released in 2013, and other numbers like “Rideshare” and “Love Rush feat. Rebekka Ling” offers the right amount of vibe, funk and unexpected for an ultimate cosmic ascension. Stay tuned!