With an amazingly fresh and crisp voice, and an unexpected fusion of reggae, soul and a hint of jazz, FARAJI brings a unique new sound to the market. His unforgettable vocal range and his passionately delivered ballads often leave his audience mesmerized. Born on the beautiful island of Jamaica, the foundation of FARAJI’s style is a strong reggae backdrop but is heavily influenced by the combination of an alternative British sound and American R&B.
By the age of 5, FARAJI was already destined for music, singing on his verandah in Kingston for anyone who would listen and especially for his parents who adored and encouraged his talent. Inspired by international reggae singer Jacob Miller and several other artists including Donnie Hathaway, Bob Marley, Beres Hammond Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendegrass and Prince, FARAJI continued to hone his musical talent, taking advantage of every opportunity to perform in Jamaica and abroad.
Since then FARAJI signed with MCA records and this milestone collaboration officially marked the beginning of his formidable career as a singer. FARAJI has headlined events with Millie Jackson at the Apollo Theater in New York and Maxi Priest in Honolulu, Hawaii. Additionally he has served as the opening acts for Kenny Lattimore at Webster Hall and for reggae artist I-Wayne at S.O.B.s – one of New York’s premier venues for world music and entertainment. He was also a Headline act at the 2006 Jamaican Reggae Sunsplash. Most recently he was given the honor to be the guest of honor for the Miss Jamaica World 2014 pagentry.
One of the highlights of FARAJI’s career was when he was awarded the “Best Male Vocalist” at the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA/WorldStars) Festival in Burbank California, competing against representatives from over 42 countries. His first official single and corresponding video release was a "Reggae-Soul" version of Careless Whisper in which he collaborated with Paul Kastick of NativeXamaycan Muzik/GrooveGalore Productions (originally done by Wham).
The name FARAJI means “to console” and so it is no surprise that his exceptional vocal talent can only be overshadowed by his natural gift for writing powerfully memorable ballads that reflect on the ebbs and flows of life and love, and pull at the heart-strings of everyone who hears his lyrics (especially his female audience). His original work began with a very prophetic song called Come Again which explores the notion of having black leadership in power. Other works include Don’t Falter, Rastafari Chanting and a collaboration with reggae artist Sizzla and Fame titled Don’t Let Go. More recently, FARAJI was engaged to write and co-produce the title track for a new movie
Principled in his Godly beliefs, FARAJI’s spirituality and family support has helped to keep him grounded with a strong sense of virtues, in an industry which can sometimes be unforgiving. His volunteer work in various nonprofit and youth organizations are a testament to his kind spirit and passion for making an invaluable contribution in serving others.
When it comes to FARAJI, the story of his talent is just unfolding…