According to international recording artist Jaway, he had to be dragged kicking and screaming to his first musical experience. At age five, he was recruited into the church choir against his will by the directress—his mother. “You see, it wasn’t so much that I didn’t want to sing in the choir—I was just more interested in sports and other things like all my friends were”, he exclaimed.
Jaway was born and raised in Liberia, West Africa by a single mother and grandmother. The choir was the initial tool used by them to teach him hard work, disciple and keep them close as a family.
Nine years later came a 14-year civil war that tore his country apart. Jaway turned to writing to get his scared and wondering mind through those frightful days and dreadful nights. It was his way of escaping reality. A reality that one of his best friends and entire family were getting massacre right down the street while his neighbor and her mother were getting raped next door.
Fortunately, six years into the war, he got the opportunity to come to the U.S.A. After Jaway arrived, he continued to write, sang in karaoke bars and at weddings, but never thought of becoming a performer. Jaway held on to singing because it was safe, comforting and enjoyable. Growing up in Liberia, he was told to become successful one must become educated. So he pursued his education and, after obtaining his MBA, he moved to Los Angeles to accept a job offer. Everything changed one day at the gym when a gentleman heard him singing and made provisions that convinced Jaway to pursue a career in music.
Jaway has emotions and feelings so strong and deep within and has done his best to reflect them into his debut album- Decontee, which means there is time for everything, in his tribe- Kru.
When asked what he’s seeking from music, Jaway said, “The opportunity to share my passion and soul with the world and make a positive difference.”
LEA- nominated Jaway as Liberian- Artist of the Year-2009.