Jahn TI , (Reggae Artist)
"all photos courtesy of Jhan Ti "
Jahn TI, aka John Taylor was born in Clarksville TN. After being moved to Houston TX. shortly after birth, he was raised by his single mother who struggled every day to provide a good life for him. She was an inspirational force and taught him how to overcome the obstacles that are thrown at someone in life. He started singing in a church choir at a young age, which is where he first began to learn what his gifts and talents from the Almighty were. Soon after, everyone learned that he was a natural-born entertainer. Jahn TI was a boy who grew up fatherless, so he starved for true guidance. By the age of 14, he started gravitating in the direction of conscious Reggae music.Reggae was coined in Jamaica,which has it's influences in U.S.A. and Africa.The Kings music was speaking to his soul. He was counseled by lyrics from various artists such as Bob Marley,Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, , , etc. and through the teachings of H.I.M. This is what he used to develop his character and enhance his moral and spiritual values. Houston has a large Caribbean community, which exposed Jahn TI to live reggae music acts as they passed through town. Acts such as Burning Spear, Culture, Wailing Souls, etc. are some of the first acts that helped to shape and mold Jahn TI, and show him the Rastafarian way of life. In his early 20's, John found himself in a three-part harmony trio named BUFFALO SOLDIER. In 1993, they released VISION OF LOVE, which was recorded in Kingston, Jamaica at the MIXING LAB with the ROOTS RADICS backing. He wrote three songs off the album titled (included on the playlist), In the Ghetto, and Road of Life. During this time, they performed at different reggae festivals with large audiences where he shined through with his performance, catching attention from local promoters that led him to even bigger venues, and huge reviews in the press.
Jahn TI has recently been working with different engineers ,producers, and musicians from Jamaica including Christopher Reid aka Zabrick, Baby Lee, Soljie Cegrica Hamilton, Judia and Joshua Manning (Gappo) who wrote the instrumentals for TRUE LOVE. Jahn Ti also works with the Roots Radics, and Ras Goudie. In the U.S. he is working with Teddy Bishop from Urban Rockstars who has produced for the likes of Toni Braxton, , Usher, B2K, Johnta Austin, Aaliyah, , Jagged Edge, Letoya Luckett, Dave hollister, Whitney Houston and many, many more.Urban Rockstars have already worked with artist such as Letoya Luckett, I-15 of Zone 4/ Interscope Records, DeepSide of Jive Records, , Shareefa of DTP, Monica, London of Universal/ Motown Records, Just A Girl of Rowdy/ Universal Records, Chili of TLC, and many, many more. Jahn Ti's upcoming video will be directed and edited by Scott Sawyer out of the Atlanta area.