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Minori Izumi Russell born of parents Dawn Marie Hall and Samuel Russell has had an un-dying passion for music from a very tender age. She has been dominating local talent competitions entering from as early as age 7, singing, de-jay-ing and dancing.
Growing up was not without its struggles as she grew up in the very volatile community of (Kingston) Water House “Samacan” to be exact, experiencing a lot of loss and violence she always used music as a tool to express her frustrations and bring light to her experiences growing up. The singer / songwriter grew up listening and loving all genres of music from Bob Marley to Nat King Cole and a host of other artist all of whom influenced her music.
The second of four children Minori grew up in a single parent home due to the loss of her father in 1992 to violence, she later moved to live with relatives at age 18 enabling here to complete her educational process. After graduation she got her first major show playing on a charity event held at the popular Indoors Sport centre amongst world acclaimed Air Supply which always Dain Vassell (legacy_mekas ) was a part of the band accompanied her on the show ,recently the two long time high school / band mate (pembroke hall high ) recently released her new single Jah Jah produce by Vassell (Legacy Mekas ) and Coldrigde williams. On the move she auditioned for several competitions thou no immediate success came not to be deterred the then 21 years old went right into the studio recording her first single Me and You which landed her a three year performing contract with the Voices For Climate Change Education Group giving her the opportunity to tour the entire island. Working, assiduously on her craft she has become one of the favorites’ in the group.
Determined to be heard she again auditioned for the 2011 Taste Talent Trail where she made it out of thousands to the finals, she continued on her role and in 2012 auditioned for the very popular Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall Competition where she again made it to the finals and was a crowd favorite. She has since been busy performing on shows all over the island her most recent being the Super Promo event “Jammin” Reggae and Soul held at the Great Huts Resorts and is presently working on several projects with both local and international acts, one being the very tasteful project titled “Put Your Arms around Me” featuring New York born and RnB singer John Earl and has done work at the legendary Tuff Gong Studio.
The Jamaican born singer music is a colorful fusion of reggae, Jazz and RnB and her music quickly enthralls you due to the sheer power and messages behind her soulful melody. One of her most recent projects “Never Stop Chant” has been receiving raving reviews both locally and internationally and has landed Jamaican native several interviews with prominent radio station both local and abroad alike. The singers has several singles as well as videos working on to be released in the coming year and is very excited along with her team to the responses their are receiving on her new Single release of JAH JAH .