Jermaine “JayEDGE” Williams was born in Chapelton, Clarendon on March 15, 1990. He moved to the parish capital May Pen at the age of five where he went to the Hazard Primary school. Music for the entertainer began at the elementary school stage, but church played a major role in developing his skills as a musician. JayEDGE started on the drums in church, sang on the choir, and then eventually, with no formal training, started playing the keyboard, one of the first instruments he personally owned.
The entertainer has always had the gift of performing and this was evident throughout his time at Hazard Primary School and Denbigh High School. In his time at Denbigh he was affiliated with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) from which he received numerous medals both for his school and as an individual. He was also a finalist in the JCDC children’s gospel finals at a young age.
Having completed high school, without a doubt the entertainer chose to pursue a degree in Music Education at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMC). At EMC JayEDGE completed the preliminary qualifying year and was enrolled in the bachelor’s program. His schooling was deterred as a result of worthwhile opportunities in the music business. It was at EMC that he became a part of the band Kuttin Edge which resulted in the name, ‘JayEDGE’. The band currently goes by the name “The Subkonshus band”- affiliated with popular dancehall/ reggae artist Konshens. JayEDGE was a keyboardist in the Mystical Revolution Band and the Warrior Love Band also the lead singer at the Whyndham Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica. JayEDGE has left the live music scene to pursue his artist career.
After his premature exit from EMC, JayEDGE ventured into the producing aspect of the music and started to compose his own music. This lead to songwriting and his first official single “Love the Way You Move”, which recording artist Sanjay collaborated on. JayEDGE is a music producer, singer, song-writer and a musician; he wears all three hats, and is currently establishing his own record label.
JayEDGE is a reggae artiste and an instrumentalist which makes him flexible enough to venture into other genres. “Good & positive music” [as quoted by the artiste] is what this talent has to offer to the music industry and is persistent in doing so. Many performances can be expected from JayEDGE as he’s able to accompany himself both on the guitar and on the piano. JayEDGE’s biggest musical influence is Bob Marley, he however has respect for local artistes such as Dennis Brown, Beres Hammond and John Holt; international influences are veterans such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Bolton and Fantasia Barrino.
The artiste released a video for his single “Mek It Play/ Cashpot” in 2014 produced by himself and Kingyard productions. The video was shot by film-maker Kirk Wright. The song and video has gained much traction in the Caribbean since its release.
“My musical foundation and early experience in music is what gives me the edge that is missing from the career of many artistes in the industry and sets me apart immeasurably.” -JayEDGE