Scamper Dread.
New Way.
Pay The Price.
Leave This Town.

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".

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 "Catch-A-Fire Band" in Mid-town Manhattan. The band emerged out of several bands, "Rhythm Dimensions" and "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 Catch-A-Fire manager 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 recording.

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.

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