Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica’s notorious Cockburn Pen neighbourhood, Vershon embraced music from an early age. The 29-year-old wrote his first song and sang in church at just nine years old and is one of three siblings raised by a single mother. In 2015 his breakthrough track, Inna Real Life, would mark his global breakthrough and secured him a spot on 1Xtra’s Seani B’s Hot For 2016 list alongside J Hus, Kehlani and Mabel.
Vershon’s latest project, ‘Only One’, is his first project to release on a major label; following his record deal with Saint Music / Parlophone. The six track EP bridges the gap between London and Jamaica assisted by a carefully curated line-up of guest features including the Chip, Trillary Banks and Busy Signal.
How have you been doing with the current state of affairs?
Fine. Being an engineer myself, it has kept me busy, I enjoy mixing my music in my studio although distant from my team. I am also getting used to releasing music digitally which means everything is mostly done online instead of in person, which is different but still allows progression
What is your songwriting process?
My songwriting process starts with listening to the rhythm and feeling for the theme of the music. If it resonates with me, lyrics will come and any additional ad libs and backups or leads can be added anytime before the mixing phase.
If you could work with any artist dead or alive who would you pick and why?
I have lots of artists I respect both present and past but I wouldn’t limit myself to any specific artists as there are too many to mention, I would say that I am all about music and as long as it makes sense, I’m willing to work.
Who/What would you say is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is my mother who has displayed humility, hard work and faith in God as the keys to prosperity and success.
Are your most successful songs also your personal favourites? Or does the reception of your songs feel unpredictable?
Most of my most successful/ favourite songs are mixed by yours truly. The passion that I put behind my engineer work naturally makes me have a personal connection with each song and when I write from experience, the finished product is bound to be a favourite. Music is unpredictable and so I’m never stuck on my feelings on how the audience will respond.
What made you get into writing music?
In church I realized that my talent for singing was more than average and it was then I was convinced at the tender age of 9, that not only I can sing but write and deejay too.
If you weren’t doing music, what would you be doing?
If I weren’t doing music, I’d be six feet under. Lol I’d actually be an electrician because of my degree or a mechanic because I love cars.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
The highlight of my career so far has been moving my mother out of a bad area.
What can we expect to hear about your new EP?
You can expect this EP to be something different from Vershon, mostly because of the many features I’ve included and the fact that I’m working under management from an international Record Label.
What can we expect from you in 2021?
If the pandemic eases up, you can expect many performances of the EP songs and even new music in 2021.
‘ONLY ONE’ IS AVAILABLE ON SPOTIFY