J Carlyle has already proven himself as a true all-rounder, blending his love for rap and poetry into a unique sound that makes him stand out from the hundreds of hopeful upcoming musicians putting themselves out there.
He’s already one step ahead of the game, having received praise from big names such as BBC Introducing and GRM Daily for his fusion of genres; he hopes he can further establish himself as one to watch within the UK rap scene with the release of his new single.
Carlyle is no newcomer to music, having started writing tracks at the age of 15, drawing influence from a range of styles such as Reggae, Old School Dub, R&B and Dancehall, he even spent time exploring as a grime MC before eventually falling into the fusion sound we hear from him today.
2020 was a big year for the artist and brought the release of his debut EP ‘Calculating the Ifs’, which racked up impressive streaming hits and only encouraged him more to keep pushing to release more music.
The inspiration for Carlyle’s tracks often comes from his experiences working in a hospital dealing with mental health issues – something that he has also battled with himself. He hopes his music can provide support and an escape for those who are also struggling.
Speaking on the importance of speaking out about mental health, he explained:
”I consider myself an advocate for Mental Health because it’s a topic which is extremely close to me. OverJ Carlyle
the last 10 years I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum from working in one of the largest mental health institutions in East Midlands, looking after people from all walks of life whose mental health has deemed them a risk to society or/and their own well-being. I myself have suffered with mental health issues also. This journey prompted me to work with Channel 4 and local council to create a music programme for the youth.”
‘Intruder Alert’ is perfect for those looking for a vibey, laid back R&B sound with reggae influence and the catchy lyrics and funky beat will have the tune running through your head from the first listen.
His previous single ‘Forever Girl’ was produced by platinum-selling ‘Mantra’ who is known for working with legends such as Future and Rhianna. With the praise that Carlyle has been receiving, he could well be on track for similar levels of success.
As well as several new tracks, he also has a book of poetry and spoken word pieces in the works, gearing 2021 up to be a huge year for him.
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