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According to international recording artist Jaway, he had to be dragged kicking and screaming to his first musical experience. At age five, he was recruited into the church choir against his will by the directress—his mother. “You see, it wasn’t so much that I didn’t want to sing in the choir—I was just more interested in sports and other things like all my friends were”, he exclaimed.
Jaway was born and raised in Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa, by a single mother and grandmother. The choir was the initial tool used by them to teach him discipline and to keep the family closer together, including his two older sisters who were also part of the choir at some point in time. It taught him hard work, patience and solidified his upbringing. His mother taught and led by example and Jaway watched in amazement how people gravitated and responded to her. His entire childhood his mother kept him close by her side like her handbag. “We were inseparable,” he said. “I love my mother and family so much and never thought we would ever be apart because I didn’t think I could do without them, especially my Mom.” He went on to say that learning new songs and singing with his mother were always enjoyable; particularly Saturday mornings on their way to the market place. “I really miss those days,” he said.
Nine years later came a 14-year civil war that tore his country apart. Jaway turned to writing to get his scared and wondering mind through those frightful days and dreadful nights. It was his way of escaping reality, a reality that included one of his best friend’s entire family getting massacred right down the street while another neighbor and her mother were getting raped right next door. This made him understand how important family, life and friends are. It also brought him so close to death and made him realize everything here on earth is temporary.
Fortunately, six years into the war, Jaway got the opportunity to come to the U.S.A. After he arrived he continued to write, sing in karaoke bars and at weddings, but he never thought of becoming a performer. Jaway held on to singing because it was safe, comforting and enjoyable. Growing up in Liberia, he was told that in order to become successful one must become educated. So he pursued his education and, after obtaining his MBA, he moved to Los Angeles to accept a job offer. Everything changed one day at the gym when a gentleman heard him singing and made provisions that convinced Jaway to pursue a career in music.
Jaway has emotions and feelings so strong and deep within and has done his best to reflect that into his debut album- Decontee, which means there is time for everything, in his tribe- Kru as well as his new single- Jaway.
When asked what he’s seeking from music, Jaway said, “The opportunity to share my passion and soul with the world and to make a positive difference.”
LEA- Liberian Entertainment Awards nominated Jaway for Artist of the Year-2009 and he topped the LA R&B charts for reverbnation in May 2010 and held it for three weeks.