Born on the island of Anguilla, Jahmings started out singing with his school choir and playing the harmonica. Later in life, he would relocate to New York City. There, at 216 W. 42nd Street Movie Theater, it all happened during the
late 70's and early 80's. This is a place
where a bunch of youths used to go to
work after school. I guess you can say
to "stay out of trouble" or "stay off
the streets, but he was one of them.
During that time period he was going to
a Music School in the upper West side
of Manhattan, when he ran into a group of singers working
at the Theatre who asked him to join their group. They
called themselves "The Lover Boys".
Photo & text courtesy of Liquid Cyber Records.
It didn't take
him long to find out that the group name represented what
they were really all about, more about girls than the music,
and after the group had a few incidents with girls, Jahmings
left the group and started to concentrate more on the guitar
and songwriting. One night at the Theatre while the late
show was on Jahmings was in the lobby where it was pretty
bleak so he decided to pull out his acoustic guitar and was
playing some Reggae riffs on a song that he was writing at
the time. A Reggae musician who had just been hired heard
him playing. His name was Paul Henton and he came down
the stairs to the lobby and congratulated his playing. He
then went back up stairs to tell his friend Cliff O'donoghue
about his playing. They both came back downstairs to the
lobby and invited Jahmings to come down to Brooklyn the
very next day, where they were putting together a band
called "Rhythm Dimensions". They had a jam
session and Jahmings eventually joined the band. That
same week Paul Henton invited him to go to Angel Sounds
Recording Studios in Manhattan to record that same song
he was working on in the movie theater lobby that night
entitled "Rebels" that went to the top of the Anguillian
Radio Stations charts that year.
Studio 45 was the home of
in Mid-town Manhattan. The
band emerged out of several
"Creation", about late
1981 early 1982. The band
opened for acts like "Ken Boothe", "Alton Ellis",
"The Meditations", "Israel Vibration",
"Dennis Brown", "Culture" and many more. They
shared the same stage and tour with groups and bands like
"Michigan & Smiley" and "Mojanya".
After the seperation of
Joe, in the middle of Cliff and
Jahmings, try to put the band
back together, but with very
little success. The fire was
burning out of control.
In 1984 Jahmings put together a
band called "The Enforcers"
who did mostly studio work for
Bullwackies Artists like "Max
Romeo" and "Sugar
Minott". This was the same
time period he ran into singing
group "Love Joys", "Leroy
Sibbles" and "Hopeton Lewis", who invited him
down to his studio in Montego Bay, Jamaica to do some
In the fall of 1987 Jahmings headed
west to Los Angeles California to
attend Dick Grove Music School to
continue his musical education.
Jahmings was there from 1988 -
1990. During his time at Grove he
signed a songwriters contract with
"Sunrise Records" and
wrote a single for "Buddy Raye" entitled "Yesterday"
that came out on an album entitled "Hollywood Sessions."
Also in the summer of 1989 Jahmings went
back to New York City to record the track title:"Isn't This Love" at his friend Paul Henton's home studio, and to some shows. After his
days at Grove he did some TV shows and wrote a string of songs in Los Angeles. In 1991 he flew back to New York City to record the
track title:"Doomsday" with his friend Paul in his home studio. In 1993 he took a break from writting and recording to put together his
home recording studio in the California Valley where most of the tracks for the "New Way" CD was pre-recorded.