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Samantha J, The New Face of Jamaican Pop

Samantha J, The New Face of Jamaican Pop

Posted by Shanelle Weir on April 11, 2014

She might prefer to be at home in Ocho Rios, indulging in some of her mother’s jerk pasta, but Jamaican singer/songwriter Samantha J has been hard at work out on the road since her debut single “Tight Skirt”  became an instant hit earlier this fall. LargeUp recently caught up with the 17-year-old as she stopped into Vanity Projects in New York City’s Chinatown to get her nails tun up during her stateside promo tour with YouTube star Andrea Russett.

Clad in a black leather vest with matching boots, the seemingly reserved teenager discussed everything from her personal style to how she balances her school work with recording, as nail artist Raquel Nevarez embellished her fingernails with the Jamaican flag, the title to her hit (and, thus far, only) song, and other designs. Her initial sweet and soft-spoken demeanor was soon discarded, as she opened up and performed “Tight Skirt” and upcoming single, “Run Come,” accompanied by guitarist Ranoy Gordon. Watching her command the attention of the entire room, you would never suspect that this multi-talented highschooler (she paints, too!) had performed in front of her first live audience just a few shorts weeks ago.

Our camera caught her unplugged performance of “Tight Skirt” and, if you were skeptical of her singing abilities, this clip will definitely change your tune. Watch the video here, and read our full Q+A with Samantha J below:

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