By way of Nigeria, England and California,Â JaisenÂ TheArtist aka JTAis part of a growing African influence on the American Rap and R&B scene.
Â Born in Eko aka Lagos to businessman father and raised by his mother in London and California, JTA (JaisenÂ TheArtist), the second of six children, had the early professional aspirations the African parents lay down for their kids.
“When I was 8 years oldÂ IÂ wanted to be a lawyer,” he says. “As I was reaching the age of 13, I was secretly singing, then I got through with high school and I was having a change of hearts. I really started falling in love with music and at age 13. I wrote my song, not that it was a great or the best, but it was my first!”
Graduating high school, where he played soccer, rugby, basketball and did track and field, the sporty JTA attended Woolwich College in south east London and later continues his studies at Heald College in Milpitas, Califonia.
Never on e to follow a direct line, JTA originally studied computer technology, but switched to Barber school in San Jose, California and even did some modeling along the way.
Says JTA: “I believe everything happens for a reason, so whatever is meant to be will be, but it doesn’t mean one should sit around for something to happen.”
This is probably why he describes his most memorable moments in life when he and his good friend decided to move from the Bay Area, California to Atlanta, Georgia and they drove!Mind set on making major networks in the entertainment industry, JTA made contacts with now Akons Konvict Music’s official Dj and Donnel Jones’ personal engineer. JTA had to move back to where is now known as home to him, Bay Area, California a year after settling in Atlanta due to family situation.“My family needed me.”, says JTA.
For inspiration he just looks back at a picture of when his family was living in a 1 bedroom/1 bath apartment and all six of them were listening to the latest and hottest Hip Hop and R&B artists.
And in his mother he has his biggest her.
“Wow we really went through the ups and downs,” he says.
“My mother, being who she is and doing it by herself, raising six kids…I mean what more can I say?
That’s a strong woman; she made sure we were all God fearing no matter what we went through. No matter what obstacles comes my way, i knew that triumph is always on the other side.”Â
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