The brightest UK x JA link up arrives as Vershon releases 6-track ‘Only One’ EP, marking an evolution of sounds and styles between the two counties with the artist at the helm. With a bountiful collection of music releases to his name already, tipping over 11 million streams, Vershon’s visionary musical flair explores two countries rich with musical heritage and buzzing with talent. To celebrate the EP launch, Vershon threw an exclusive online party, hosted by BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Seani B, and featured Trillary Banks and executive producers The FaNaTiX as he delved in to conversation about the creation of the project, giving fans an upfront listen of previously unreleased tracks.
Ahead of the EP release, Vershon, who has previously been tipped for stardom on the BBC Radio 1Xtra’s ‘Hot For’ list, dropped introductory track ‘Original’ before teaming up with UK rap star Chip on ‘Reality’. Most recently his single ‘Stick By Me’, co-written by BRIT & Ivor Novello award winning singer/songwriter Plan B, premiered with Wonderland Magazine and was also chosen by Yasmin Evans as her record of the week on BBC Radio 1Xtra as the “dancehall-inspired rhythm with smooth vocals and romantic lyricism” (Won-derland), grasped hold of its listeners with loving intent.
Executively produced by UK production trio The FaNaTiX, the ‘Only One’ EP musically ex-poses Vershon in varying perspectives. From the bold, bass-heavy menacing tone of ‘Original’ that insists on taking the rap capabilities of Vershon seriously, to the senti-mental undertones of ‘Stick By Me’ that provide a counter-balance of emotion and per-fectly crafted melody, the 6-track record is an arrival at an organic, meaningful and careful-ly crafted destination. Highlighted further by the magnificent feature list, which includes Busy Signal on ‘Thingz’ and Y Cee on ‘Shake It Up’, the instrumental elements stirred in with the wealth of artists delivering an array of genre experience sees the records deco-rated with chinks of dancehall, soca, R&B, grime and afrobeats
Celebrating his unique, equivocal style, ‘Only One’ masterfully balances Vershon’s credi-bility with an international pop sensibility, bridging the gap between London and Jamai-ca assisted by a carefully curated line-up of contributors.
Following on from ‘Original’ and his collaboration with UK’s Chip on ‘Reality’, Vershon gives us ‘Stick By Me’, which marks the third single release in the run up to his ‘Only One’ EP.
Stick By Me was co-written by BRIT and Ivor Novello award winning artist and songwriter Plan B, in a studio session in Jamaica with producers The FaNaTiX (Giggs – Baby, Pa Salieu x Backroad Gee – My Family, Chip x Young Adz x Young MA – Lumidee),
STREAM/PURCHASE: VERSHON – STICK BY ME
Continuing the sensuous side of Vershon that we saw in 2017 with his global smash ‘Inna Real Life’. ‘Stick By Me’ highlights Vershon’s versatility as an artist, while maintaining the emotionally charged lyricism we are used to from him, coupled by his melismatic vocals.
The music video is a modern-day love story filmed in Fort Lauderdale, downtown Miami where Vershon now resides. It’s a flag in the sand moment for Vershon creatively as he shoots ‘Stick By Me’ in his new hometown, marking the beginning of a new journey in his life.
Speaking on ‘Stick By Me’ and working with The Fanatix and Plan B Vershon says “Stick By Me’, is my third release from my new EP and was created whilst working with producer artist team ‘The FaNaTiX’. The FaNaTiX were in Montego Bay running a writing camp and on one of these occasions, Plan B was there working with them, they introduced us and encourage him to get involved in our session. Plan B joined us at the table with a bunch of laptops, a microphone set up and a room full of vibes and energy. It was days later, when my managers and FaNaTiX sent me links to his music, that I learnt who he is, his musical achievements, his work in the Film Industry as an actor and Director, and his charity work with young people, Plan B/Ben is cool and humble.”
Vershon has a unique style and lyrical choice and his name has quickly become synonymous with that of infectious music, his forthcoming six track EP masterfully balances his credibility with an international pop sensibility and bridges the gap between London and Jamaica assisted by a carefully curated line-up of guest features.
Wildly talented, heavily streamed, yet still in the throes of international discovery, Jamai-ca’s musical sensation Vershon releases new single ‘Reality’ featuring the UK’s front run-ner in Rap, Chip.
Previously named as BBC Radio 1Xtra’s ‘Hot For 2016’ artists alongside J Hus, Kehlani and Mabel, Vershon made his first chink in the armour of global breakthrough with his hit single ‘Inna Real Life’. His music profile has since built to include over 11 million streams, 346K followers on Instagram and his own YouTube channel is home to over 44 million views, yet it is the release of his forthcoming ‘Only One’ EP, which also features Trillary Banks and Busy Signal, that is set to bridge the gap between Jamaica and the UK.
Taken from ‘Only One’, produced by award-winning British trio The Fanatix, responsible for cuts with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Popcaan, Vybz Kartel, Giggs and Stylo G, the genu-ine Caribbean vibes run to the very roots of ‘Reality’. The track comes as the second up-front slice of the highly anticipated 6-track, released via Saint Music/Parlophone in his first freshly inked deal with a major label, and arouses the heat on the sensuous side to Ver-shon as he divulges his enamour for no-filter, natural beauty. Having previously released the bold and gritty ‘Original’, ‘Reality’ offers an insight in to the lyrical dexterity and musi-cal diversity of Vershon, demonstrating that he’s equally as skilled at hitting out hard bars with a livewire spark as he is at articulating tender moments and emotion.
Featuring a delicate pulsating key synth and serene bird-like calls, the stripped back in-troduction puts a spotlight on to Vershon as he confidently takes the stage, lyrically ca-ressing the track with tangible lyricism before the deep tremble of bass begins to stir. Although raised in London, Chip’s Jamaican roots have always maintained a strong influ-ence over his music and whilst he is a master at skipping rings around any beat and bar-ring with the best, his inclusion on ‘Reality’ highlights the capabilities of the duo and their ability to command an exhilarating record.
“I am grateful to be given the opportunity to show the world different sides of my lyrical versatility. My upcoming EP “Only One”, showcases a little window into my lyrical and musical diversity and I am quietly buzzing to begin this new chapter in my career. I am very anxious to see how my fans and a wider audience will react to the music and diversity, but there’s much more to come – going to need bigger windows lol” – VERSHON