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MORTIMER – BIOGRAPHY
Mortimer is a Jamaican recording artist on the rise; a promising singer with an enthralling voice, who is equally comfortable creating traditional roots reggae as well as contemporary Jamaican music, and who dances between the two to reveal a sound that blends his old-soul sensibilities with a progressive youthfulness. Mortimer’s voice effortlessly glides between a raspy, smoky alto and a silky falsetto, with an unhurried delivery that has become signature of his sound.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, but raised in the rural district of Whitehall, St. Elizabeth (Jamaica), as a youth, Mortimer had dreams of becoming a soldier or an auto engineer, but these aspirations soon took a back seat to music.
Mortimer released his first project Message Music in 2014 via VP Records, a four-song effort produced by Jay Crazie Records. The release earned favorable reviews and cemented his commitment to a musical career.
An introduction to Jamaican recording artist Protoje, a forefront figurehead in the “Reggae Revival” movement, resulted in the recording of the collaboration “Protecion”, the opening track to Protoje’s critically acclaimed third album Ancient Future, produced by Winta James.
Mortimer continued to work with producer Winta James, featuring on the latter’s Mile High Riddim with the song “Nice Up Di Scene”, as well as a second collaboration with Protoje on the single “Truths & Rights”, included on Protoje’s newest album A Ma0er Of Time.
Other notable releases by Mortimer include “Warning” (2015), “Ganja Train” (2016) and “This Feeling” (2017).
Mortimer is currently expanding his catalog with Winta James. Their next joint release comes in the impressive single “Careful”, to be released October 19th via Overstand Entertainment/Easy Star Records. “Careful” is a cautionary tale, with Mortimer drawing on personal experiences as he ponders trust and betrayal amongst family and friendships. With heavy drum and bass, and fuzzy distorted guitars, the instrumental provides a dark, aggressive backdrop to Mortimer’s sobering and evocative lyrics.
According to Mortimer, music has been a major source of inspiration for many years, beginning at age eight when he sang on his church choir.
“I do music because it is my first love and where my passion lies. For me, it’s about a message… One of love, hope, kindness, selflessness, and also an opportunity to share a piece of myself with others,” he says.
He sites Bob Marley, Jacob Miller, Donny Hathaway, as well as contemporary hit makers such as Stephen Marley and John Legend as influences.
Mortimer has performed on events such as Protoje’s Ancient Future Live and For The Culture Live, Capleton’s St. Mary Mi Come From, and Arts In The Park.
He most recently recorded an acoustic performance for David Rodigan at BBC Radio 1Xtra.