Meet Kemar Thompson, aka Jr Pinchers
Artist and entertainer, Kemar Thompson, more popularly known as Jr. Pinchers, was born in Rock Hall, St. Catherine, on the beautiful island of Jamaica, on October 10th, 1982. Born to a beautiful mother and a father who happened to be one of the biggest dancehall artists, the best of his time, Pinchers. Kemar Thompson has always had a deep rooted love for music. Kemar grew up in a family of love surrounded by music. His mother, very involved in the church, has always encouraged his talents as he sang in the church choir. Kemar became well known for his take of ‘Roll Away’, a popular song at church.
In his early years, Kemar primarily lived with his mother, but at the age of seven he went to live with his father, Delroy Thompson, (Pinchers), in Queensborough, Jamaica. He has hit songs such as ‘Agony’, ‘I’m A Don’, ‘Bandelero’, and many more. Early in life, Kemar would get singing requests in and out of school and the neighborhood.
As Kemar adjusted to living with his father in Queensborough, Kemar was very focused on continuing to showcase his talents. He would display his talents at school functions and perform with his father at some of the largest and most popular shows in Jamaica. Kemar always had a natural talent for anything involving music, but it also did not hurt that his father was Pinchers.
For years, many have said that Kemar can easily mesmerize his audience with a few simple notes. As he grew into his teenage years, Kemar started to feel an intense desire to seriously begin developing his musical talents. As a student of Kingsway high school, this talented teenager began battles, locally known as ‘clashes’. The event would start during the lunch under a mango tree, but then it spread to after school in the surrounding neighborhoods. It became so popular that local artists began to join in and watch these clashes. The clashes that once began under a specific mango tree became a staple in the neighborhood and high school.
Kemar always loved everything about music and spent the majority of his youth listening and learning from famous Jamaican singers that were friends of his father. Some of these friends and fellow artistes were: Beres Hammond, Sizzla, Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Capelton and many more.
Passionate about crafting his love of music, Kemar, dedicated most of his free time hanging out and recording in studios, such as Jammys, Scorpio, Cali Bud, Young Bloodz, Tiger Records and many more. Although he already had his own style and flair, it was in these studios where Jr. Pincher’s identity took form. He began writing his own music, and recorded his first hit single ‘She Lose It’ in early 2000. Later that year Kemar met Rachel Bernard of Royal Concert Productions, through a mutual friend. Determined and focused, the pair clicked and, Kemar went on to record his first album called “True Story”. This album included the lead single “Unfaithful Lover”, as well as tracks recorded at Egrem Studio in Havana, Cuba. The song ‘Unfaithful Lover’ was on Richi B’s chart in Jamaica and was one of the most requested singles on IrieFM in 2007. The music video was requested on a regular basis on popular television stations such as HypeTV, RE TV, and was featured on the MTV TEMPO video countdown. In 2008, Rachel bought Kemar to America. ,
As Kemar continued to develop as an artist, he decided to create a collaborative rework of “Bandelero” with his father Pinchers, creating the new song “Jr. Sr. Bandelero”. This song was very important to the two. It was first showcased when Kemar and his legendary father Pinchers, set to take the stage at “Best of the Best” concert 2010 in Miami.
A few years later, Kemar began to take more control of his career and made a risky change. Now, as an independent artist, he was able to work with different producers, throughout the years. On this journey, Kemar, continued to worked hard and became one of the first Jamaican artists to hit the billboard twice for crossover songs. These songs were unique because one was a rock crossover song ‘Neckbreaker’ where Kemar added a reggae twist, and the second ‘Backbroke’, is where Kemar Thompson aka Jr. Pinchers, received the title of ‘King of Electronic Dancehall’. He received this title for creating a song that contributed to the genre now known today as electro-dancehall. Progressing in his career, Kemar, continued to never disappoint, with other crossover records such as “Japanese Girl” in 2012, produced by Exit Sound. His music went on to be played on popular radio, added into rotations on BBC radio UK, Canada, Japan, and Jamaica. Japanese girl was even premiered on E! News on Entertainment TV, on Thanksgiving weekend, in 2012.
As an artist who always strives to be better, Kemar went on to achieve new personal best. After taking a few years to step back and refine his craft, Kemar came back in 2015 not only as an artist but a new business owner. Developing himself as an artist, Kemar discovered he wanted to continue to learn new techniques, try new styles, as well as work on building his business brand. Formidable Music Entertainment LLC was the outcome, along with a debut love song that serenaded women all around the world called ‘Do You Love Me?’, featuring fellow artist and friend Gyptian.
His company, Formidable Music Entertainment LLC, strives to teach independent artist more about the industry services and tricks of the trade. Formidable Music Entertainment has helped to advise many on items such as royalties, contracts, PRs, mixing, mastering, studio sessions, and generally specializing in building work relationships with business partners.
Throughout most of Kemar’s career, he has maintained a great relationship with his first label, Royal Concert Productions. After pursuing a wide variety of styles and producers, he then came back to work with his former label. They began compiling a body of work together for a future album. In 2017, the music for the album was finalized.
Currently, Royal Concert Productions is scheduled to release the project entitled “Dreamland” early 2018. This album is significant for Kemar and founder/ CEO of Royal Concert Productions, Rachel Bernard, because the music was produced after years of music and experiences. The album was created with live instruments, and acoustic flavoring. After a hiking trip in the Rockies, Rachel wrote down a dream she had. Once she got back to Miami, together Rachel and Kemar modified the song and created the track “Dreamland”.
As an artist and a person Kemar always strives to be the best at what he does, and delivers the message through great music. As he always says “mi love every nation, we are all Jah creation”.
Brushy One String
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Kind David the Truth
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The Man from the Eastern parish of St. Thomas dubbed Natty King. Kevin Christopher Roberts, aka Natty King is best known for hits such as “Mister Greedy” and “No Guns To Town”. Believed to be one of the members of conscious music, he draws his inspiration from reggae pioneers The Wailers, Burning Spear, and his personal role model Luciano.
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