Jwahari(pronounced Wa-ha-ree) aka Royce Hall, is an artist like none other. With the combinations of hip hop, funk, afro beat, soul, spoken word, and jazz, Royce blends a distinct recipe of soulful music with passionate lyrics, often described as Mos Def and Jay-Z meets Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Not to mention Royce's versatile rhyme patterns, punch lines , and expertise as a clarinetist, pianist, bass and acoustic guitarist, trumpet,and percussionist in general. Jwahari is Roye Hall, a 24 year old native of Salisbury, Maryland ,currently resides in Tallahassee ,Florida. With the focus and drive of a million men, Jwahari has managed to overcome the many obstacles of life and push forth using those experiences to create a genre of music still undefined. Many female mc's resort to altering their image, lyrical style (message), and overall appearance in general, just to appeal to the "sex sells" masses that often overlook the true gift of music that resides in many of them, but Jwahari has chosen to remain as true self as possible and to not shadow the obvious identity or persona at hand. At the tender age of 8, Jwahari wrote the first rhyme that resulted in the conception of a hip hop trio by the name of Phase III. During those precious years, Phase III was initially created as a means to meet the vibrant three young ladies favorite music group, TLC. Although, that didn't come about, Phase III continued to strive for what they believed was success in the hip hop industry. After four years of being a group and witnessing the drastic changes that accompanied hip hop, the trio decided that music was their life and by any means necessary they would press forward as a group. Time passed, along with various opportunities, until one day Phase III was blessed with meeting Lauryn Hill after a Fugees concert. Just like most meetings with your favorite artist, you exchange some sort of contact info, (back then in 1996) you may perform for them, and everyone leaves the scene hyped. However, as Phase III grew older, so did they grow weary of remaining a musical trio. Throughout these trying times, Jwahari, who was then known as 2real and later El-Jamah (which means "paradise"),continued to dominant the mc battle realm(44 wins and 2 losses) and spoken word scene, with an insatiable appetite to be heard. Even as a child Jwahari was destined to embrace an immeasurable passion for the performing arts. While attending an advanced performing arts preschool academy, later ballet and piano institutes, and finally minoring in music with emphasis in Jazz Studies and Commercial Music Production at Florida A&M University, Royce's motivation for progression and productivity as an artist is remarkable. Currently, Royce is an intern/college rep with Hidden Beach Recordings,Director of Street Team Promotions and Entertainment Management Specialist for the Black College Music Conference(2nd Annual was February 12,2009 @FAMU),Assistant Producer of the upcoming film 'Falling'(Double Visions Production),and will the honor of serving community youth as a Music Production and Scoring Instructor for the AKTION Film Academy and Reel Dreamz beginning Spring 2009 . Not to mention, Jwahari is the founder and CEO of Mahogany Soul Music Group, LLC., SOL LIVE Development,Sista Cipher,Inc.(non-profit) and YO! Royce.. Be Easy Music Publishing Company (ASCAP). Described as one of the most anticipated songwriters of our time, Jwahari is Royce Hall, conceives lyrics for a variety of mainstream,commercial and underground hip-hop ,soul, jazz, funk, r&b, gospel, afro beat, house, lounge, and blues artists/vocalists, leaving not one genre untouched by such an unearthly effect. Jwahari's sound truly reflects an array of influences. Growing up in a household where music of every genre was heard daily, Royce's exposure to various styles of music served as the encouragement her to create one personally; a melting pot of liberation through lyrical expression, instrumentation and truth. Royce's music is a canvas of invigorating testimonies, political consciousness, evolution and the love experience (from various angles). With this being said, please sit back and enjoy the sounds of....Jwahari
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