Short Biography: My name is Andrae Corey Johnson performing as Jah Mason aka Fyah Mason aka Farmer Man. I was born in Green Prospect, Manchester, Jamaica. Vegetarian place (farming district planting vegetables), I used to go to church with my mother until I came to realise my own faith which is Rastafari’s faith.
Gav Pauze: When did you first start singing?
Jah Mason: I started singing from a young age. As I mentioned, I grew up going to church with my mother and my biological family. Singing is something embedded. Most artists will say this, the whole genetics of singing is within me, it’s a family thing for me. It’s part of everything because my mother always was singing and cooking, singing and working. Singing is like another hobby for everyone in the house. Professionally I started singing when I was 21.
Gav Pauze: Did your family encourage you?
Jah Mason: Yes. Well I was already encouraged, then my brother and sister encouraged me to press along and keep up the good work. It was positive, leading the youth and dem into the right pathway so they encouraged me to continue. My family was there to support.
Gav Pauze: Who else in your family sings?
Jah Mason: Well as you may know Tony Rebel and I are biological family. We are cousins.
Gav Pauze: Who are your musical inspirations?
Jah Mason: My inspirations are all the elders from that time – the great Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh and Capleton. Name them, all of them are my icons. I look up to them and glorify their works, the way they appeal to I and I to pass the baton down to the next generation.
Give thanks for the interview. Bless up.
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