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i'm Jamal Vickers, a new to the game sync agent. i was first introduced to the world of sync licensing through the creative academy - the remix project. at the time i was a young artist manager trying to learn how to put an album out. during my time there, i learned a multitude of skills to complement the tools and relationships i have been developing over the years. the area of the music industry one that spoke to me the most was licensing + sync. with already a deep-rooted fascination with tv shows, films & video game scores, this seemed like the natural evolution in my career. since my introduction to sync in 2013, i have found success within this industry as the representative of black music within canada. going on to rep 20+ artists, my catalog consists of r&b & soul, rap/hip-hop, reggae, soca, and afro-beats, as well as various integrations of these sub-genres. one of the policies at JVG is that we ensure all music is ready and easy to clear before songs are made available in our catalog. check out some of the artists and their music above, feel free to hit me up for anything you may need.
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Named one of XXL’s “10 Canadians to Know”, DillanPonders is carving a unique lane in hip hop with his distorted and hazy, yet cutting and perceptive sound. A trapped-out poet with a powerful delivery, Ponders’ music is versatile, with songs perfect for a party or sombre solo listening.
Ponders has performed across North America, as part of festivals like SXSW, Mondo.NYC and on the Smoker’s Club tours, as well as alongside some of hip hop’s left field leaders, including Flatbush ZOMBIES, Pouya and Father. Without a major deal or co-sign, Ponders has built his cult-like following one person at a time.
Singer and songwriter, Jayd Ink immigrated to Canada from Jamaica at 8 years old. She started singing when she was 10 and knew from then that she wanted to share her talent with the world. Her soothing voice attracted admiration and curiosity. Although she was heavily influenced by the 90s music era that she grew up on, two of her biggest musical inspirations were legendary icons, Lauryn Hill and Tupac Shakur. Jayd’s first song to hit the radio was “Solo” in 2014. The following year, she released her first EP titled, “Invitation Only” and that’s when the direction of her life began to change. She has an ear for melodies and vocals that fit various genres of music. Jayd began performing at various festivals alongside notable acts in Japan, the UK and the United States expanding her fan base across the globe. In 2016, her song “Deep Under” premiered on the hit TV series, “Power”. After a brief hiatus from the music scene, in 2018, she auditioned for the tv show “ The Launch” - Can you make a hit song in 48hrs? Jayd won her episode after revamping “Codes” which landed at #4 on the Itunes charts. She’s most known for her hit song “Dark skin” showing her versatility with powerful lyrics and the art of story telling. Jayd recently released her new EP “ Bound by Nothing” with six captivating tracks that allow you into the depths of her soul. She continues to navigate as an independent artist while working on other business ventures to help elevate her brand.
Derin Falana is a young rapper/singer from Toronto, Canada. In 2016, his debut EP Live From Rocky Mountain premiered 2 months early by 500 fans who signed up to a Thunderclap page within 48 hours of its launch. The project has since been featured on publications such as HotNewHipHop, Ebro Darden's Beats One radio show on Apple Music, Complex, FADER, REVOLT, Pigeons and Planes as well as television shows Greenleaf on the Oprah Winfrey Network and Noisey: Toronto (Viceland). His sophomore EP titled “Don’t Save Me” includes production from his Vinci Circle collective and frequent collaborators such as Jordon Manswell. The project’s standout single “Heard Things” has been featured on renowned Spotify and Apple playlists. The young rapper has built a following that spans several continents and in addition to the music, Derin and his Vinci Circle imprint have also partnered with notable brands such as Peace Collective and more.
Jon Vinyl is a 22-year-old artist from Toronto, Ontario whose keen sense of emotion has given his listeners the ability to tap into their nostalgic moments of teenage love, providing his personal soundtrack to those daydreams of past relationships. Jon’s soulful records occupy a sound that has an air of sophistication and vulnerability. Production sounds of strummed guitar chords and waving synths fall into a soft spot between pop and soul, which lays the perfect framework for Jon’s open and honest accounts of his own run-ins with love. For information, visit www.jonvinyl.com
A trifecta of talent, lemin. is a singer, songwriter, and producer. Blending r&b, electronic, punk rock and folk — she’s become a unique force hailing from London, Ontario. Her debut project, “hold A”. “hold A” is a 12 song project, currently being released in 3 acts. Each act representing a post-break up stage: heartbreak, anger, and acceptance. Triggered by memory of love and loss, her prolific on-stage, off-stage presence is no front. She relies on her truths to convoke her art. Ambiguous as seen on social media — the lyricist has captivated fans from various genres through the blurring of musical forms. Currently residing in Toronto, lemin. is working on her upcoming album. For more lemin., visit itslemin.com.
Rapper, producer, engineer, mixer, crooner, Notifi is a consummate artist. Over crisp beats and dark, blitzed-out production, the Toronto auteur brings a fresh, unfiltered level of authenticity to his music; it’s the sound of the 6ix, of life itself, told with open eyes and a bravado that leaves room for self-effacing charm. Born in Montreal, Notifi has called Toronto home since he was months old. Finding his footing in the suburb of Scarborough, the nascent artist began rapping at the age of 14. When his family moved across the city, settling in the Jane and Finch area of Driftwood, he took inspiration from Kanye West, using samples to create musical bedrock while experimenting with a smoother sound. Eventually ditching the samples, Notifi has emerged with an infectious, unique blend of rap, dark pop and R&B, equally inspired by legends Usher and Michael Jackson, as by Toronto cornerstones Drake, Tory Lanez and the Weeknd. Alongside manager and notorious DJ Charlie B, Notifi is a member of the Farewell crew, a brand and upcoming label which represents the idea of ascension, of leaving the past behind and going to a better place. The 24-year-old is currently working on his debut EP, set for release in Fall 2018. It’d be easy to call him a maverick or even Toronto’s next supernova. For now though, he prefers you just call him Notifi.
Bread Doe is a writer, producer and recording artist based in Chicago, Illinois. Having produced, written and recorded with King Louie, Jeremih, Jessie Reyez, Pvrx, MOULA 1ST, Pilla B, Yung Dubz, Jack Flash and others - Bread Doe is getting ready to step out as an artist for the first time in 2017.
Performing in Mexico, The USA and Canada, Bread Doe has shared stages with Waka Flocka, Jessie Reyez, and Frankie Carrera while developing and perfecting his craft. Drawing from diverse musical influences, Bread's personal experience growing up as a "ward of the state" gave him access and insight into a variety of cultures in America before ultimately becoming adopted into his American & Jamaican household.
Navigating all the trappings our world can put in front of a young man - Bread has relied on intelligence, creativity, and charisma to make it through. A graduate and now a program leader at the nascent The Remix Project, Chicago campus - it was in this space that his talent for collaboration really began to shine thru.
Bread Doe is the first artist to emerge from the prestigious incubator's US chapter. Leading the charge with a strong foundation beside him, the future is bright for Bread Doe. A renaissance man of many talents, it is exciting to see where he will grow to next.
R&B singer and songwriter Tiara Thomas, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and a graduate of Muncie, Indiana's Ball State University, set her music career in motion when she crossed paths with Wale at an Atlanta club and handed the rapper a recording. This led to Thomas opening for Wale, as well as a contract with Wale and Le'Greg O. Harrison's Board Administration. Thomas appeared on "The Cloud," a track from Wale's More About Nothing mixtape, prior to being featured on the rapper's 2013 single "Bad," which reached number three on Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart. The song eventually achieved gold status. That June, she left the Board Administration and joined producer and songwriter Rico Love's Interscope-affiliated Division 1 label. In October, she released the five-song Dear Sallie Mae EP. It was followed in 2014 by the single "One Night."
Amaal was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and was raised in a traditional Muslim household, the middle child of seven sisters and two brothers. When the civil war broke out in Somalia in the early 90s, Amaal and her family emigrated to Toronto, Canada in hopes of a better life. Amaal quickly immersed herself in the arts having been exposed to music at school as well as drama classes. She began singing at the age of 16, releasing her first singles 4 years later.
Amaal has largely followed an independent career path into the music industry, utilizing social media as an important marketing tool to help push the music. Her songs subsequently went viral on YouTube, Facebook and other social networking sites, which helped introduce her sound to a global audience.
Singles by Amaal include ‘With You’, ‘Mufasa’ and ‘Words Revealed’, ‘Last Ones’, ‘Who Are We’ and ‘Scream’. ‘Words Revealed’ alone achieved 200,000 YouTube hits within its first three months of release, and has inspired cover versions by fans. Another fan favorite, "With You", similarly earned 80,000 views in its first 2 months; ‘Mufasa’ is considered her most viral song to date with views and listens accumulated to over 2 million. Amaal’s lyrics have always been socially conscious, focusing on topics of growth, love/heartbreak as well as global causes. She draws influences from both her personal life experiences and her travels, including a trip to Uganda where she worked closely with women’s groups within local communities.
Born in Toronto, Ontario Devontée is an artist, producer, and writer with a universal sound. Devontée released ‘District Vibe’ October, 2015 led by his self-produced single “Bare Tings” and Jay Glavany co-produced Joey Bada$$ assisted single “Godspeed” bringing Devontée his collective W.O.E which stands for Working On Excellence to the world stage. 2017 collaborating a hit with Bridgit Mendler on "Temperamental Love" Devontée released album entitled “Head Gone” September 14, 2018 which he produced 11/12 songs & followed up with ‘Sun of Dawn’ EP which is a 20-minute meditation of music from his soul.
Wildly charismatic, Pilla B makes street music. Born with a strong sense of melody and an irrepressible charm, Pilla B or Pills turns haunting realities into catchy bangers. Adept at creating hooks and choruses that stick with his audience, Pills’ wit and vocal dexterity booms across speakers and reverberates throughout people. Pilla B. is a new and exciting recording artist emerging from Rexdale, Toronto. An area internationally known as the neighbourhood where late mayor Rob Ford smoked crack – Rexdale is a complex multicultural landing point for many new Canadians and has a deep musical history. Pilla B.’s sound is at-once gritty, visceral and soulful.
A big personality, Pilla B. lights up the room he is in. Fun loving and a joker, his personality belies the trauma and often disguises the pain he carries.
Unapologetic and brash, his last release 6AM booms through speakers and tells authentic stories of Toronto street life. Emerging from the city’s underground, 6am introduced Pilla B as an artist arrived.
His next project, “1 Year To Date” or #1YTD is a reflection of Pilla’s current mind state and progress. To be released on May 11th, 2018 - the project marks one year to the day since Pilla was shot and his best friend and frequent collaborator, Yung Dubz, was murdered next to him.
Produced in it’s entirety by Harley Arsenault, #1YTD is Executive Produced by Noah “40” Shebib - this is the first official project that 40 has Executive Produced outside of the immediate OVO brand.
#1YTD is a public snapshot of Pilla B’s emotional state and feelings over the last year as he has privately worked to grow and progress as both an artist and an individual. #1YTD is produced by Harley Arsenault and executive produced by Noah “40” Shebib.
Lavi$h's sound blurs the lines between hip-hop, r&b & pop music, creating a unique rhythmic fusion which he’s become known for. A young rapper/singer/songwriter, Lavi$h, is one of the most exciting talents to emerge from his class. Recently relocating to Toronto, Lavi$h was born in Lusaka, Zambia and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 2017, Lavi$h brought on a team of producers & management to further accelerate his career. With the release of his Sweeter Life mixtape, a slew of live shows & festival performances, Lavi$h emerged as one of Winnipeg’s most promising talents. Continuing to release music - Lavi$h's growing popularity allowed him to share stages with artists like Bhad Bhabie and 88 Glam. In Oct. of 2018, Lavi$h partnered with RIFF for a headline show in Winnipeg which amassed an audience of 400+, leaving fans with an unforgettable experience. This show was the last major local performance for Lavi$h prior to relocating to a bigger market, in Toronto.
Toronto based recording artist, Tasha Angela, is a talented singer/songwriter/pianist/composer. Blessed with a beautiful tone and a gift for melody - Tasha’s writing has an innocence that belies a maturity beyond her years. Ultimately, Tasha treats her ability to create music as a form of healing, “I feel as though it’s the one thing that truly excites me when I wake up. When I hear a melody in my head and put the keys behind it and words to follow, its as if I can capture certain moments and make them last forever,” she tells us
Tasha Angela is a Honey Jam 2017 alumni and has performed on a few other stages in Toronto including showcases with Talent Nation and with Second Nature Group. Confident, youthful and driven Tasha is a special and rare talent at the dawn of her creative journey with so much more to coNature Group. Confident, youthful and driven Tasha is a special and rare talent at the dawn of her creative journey with so much more to come. Her first project is released via Public Records Inc./Universal Music Canada.
Breathing influence from Marvin Gaye to Mura Masa, Ruben Young is a rising modern soul artist and budding songwriter from Canada. Somewhere between his distinct raspy timbre and a Soulection-esq bounce, Ruben has become best known for his debut EP, Dreamstate which features the single "Rachel Green", an ode to 90's dreamgirl played by Jennifer Aniston on 'FRIENDS', which featured American rapper Hodgy Beats from Odd Future. Recently named Apple Music Canada's New Artist of the Week, Ruben's independent releases (through his own label, Young & Lucky) have earned him over five million streams, and a place on stage as direct support for international artists such as touring with @Kiesza in 2019, @Akon, @TheChainsmokers, @Jarreau Vandal, @Nelly, @PhonyPpl, @Classified, @LangstonFrancis and @Jocelyn Alice. From features on Beats 1 Radio, BBC Radio 1 Extra, CBC, to playlist love on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Youtube Music, to steady rotation on Stingray and Canadian radio, and recently performing at premier showcases such as Live Nation's Ones To Watch, School Night (Toronto) and NXNE, Ruben's sound continues to grow - establishing him as one of the top rising soul artists out of Canada. From classic soul to post-Frank Ocean R&B— Dreamstate was woven through an impressive self curated writing trip across North America. Bound together with strong melodies, contagious hooks, and soulful crooning; the project is "music for the hopeless romantics to bounce to".
Just John & Dom Diaz
Born and raised in Scarborough,Toronto Jamaican Canadian Just John is often described by many as the "Renaissance Boy". A multifaceted creative, always learning - Since an early age all John knew was how to be himself - growing up with a deep love for cartoons, comics, theatre and West Indian culture. Just John Forged his sound through the vibrancy of Toronto's D.I.Y Scene. Inspired by social activism, he became the driving force behind Blank Canvas, an art collective that seeks to provide platforms for marginalized artists. With a sound best described through it’s raucous energy, catchy flows and cadences John continues to add new elements to his sound and punk/rap repertoire. In 2018 Just John connected with heavy collaborator Dom Dias - it was the DON Trilogy that propelled his sound to a larger audience. Their record, “Soundboi,” was a revelation, garnering praise for John's live performance where their record was used as the official anthem for the Toronto Raptors Playoffs 2019. Just John's style has never been able to fit into one category: His explosive performance will leave you immersed in high energy raps, smooth melodies, grungy attitude and poetic mantras. Just John is paving a way to shift culture with his new energy.
Patrik is a Canadian rapper and songwriter. He is regarded by critics and contemporaries as a clever lyricist who speaks his mind by relating to the listener. His latest work, Spadina EP, promoted a conscious message through relentless truth and accountability as many of his records do.
Entitled (2017), Diamonds (2018), and Not For Profit (2019) are a shortlist of singles that have earned him great recognition, being cover by Complex Canada, Hotnewhiphop, Hip-hop Canada, Flow 93.5 and more. Patrik, who recently signed a distribution deal with Coalition music, is set on releasing Motive (May 15, 2020) an upcoming single from his anticipated project Endless Summer (2020).