The organic singer/songwriter Ishmael Turner presents certified SMASH “Sweet Jamaica.” This song highlights the beauty and struggles of Jamaica and Ishmael’s love for his born land.
Singer songwriter Ishmael Turner grew up in Kingston Jamaica, in a place called Waterhouse. It was in this community, known mostly for sports, music, and violence, that he uncovered his passion for music. While violence was all around him, musical energy captivated his young spirit. As a child he would hang around the older musicians, including his cousin that was a member of The Bible's, and quickly became their "little DJ." Ishmael would put on vinyl records for artists to vibe to on a sound system and watch them rehearse. After a while he started to make his own songs and performed for the first time in his community at the age of 8. Music has been a major part of his life journey ever since. As a roots reggae artist Ishmael Turner carries on in the footsteps of world renown reggae acts from his community, including The Jays, Half Pint, Michael Rose, Junior Reid, Don Carlos, and the legendary group Black Uhuru who won the very first Reggae Grammy. Garth Dennis, a founding member of Black Uhuru and a member of the original line up of The Wailing Souls, is one of his mentors and the Dennis family has become his extended family. Regarding the role that music plays in his life Ishmael says "music has been my savior, my healer, my escape, and my joy. Music has taught me to take things one day at a time."
“I find inspiration all around me. I strive to make my music representative of myself, my generation, and the people that surround me. I love nature and sometimes find it most inspiring when it comes to writing and creating music.”
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