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Vancouver local and direct descendant of the Sikh Guru, Nanak; Jag, possess nearly unheard-of life experience, intertwined with the anchor of music. As a child, Jag sang at temple, as well as school choirs. He began performing his personally written songs at age fourteen. He was introduced to Reggae music by his cousins, and grew an appreciation for music that remained in his heart through the most difficult moments in his life.
The tough and overlooked subject of racism was prevalent in Jag’s upbringing. Although he was fortunate enough to live in a positive Vancouver neighborhood, the issue effected his life tremendously. At as young as three years old, he sensed he was different than the majority of children around him. Everything from his clothes to his appearance made Jag wish to better blend into his surroundings. Jag submerged himself into music at a young age, as it was his outlet to excel. Unfortunately, the young performer was forced to leave his school and church choir due to two different altercations with racist children. Jag faced discrimination again when he started a band with the son of Phil Collins, Simon Collins. He left the band after the group informed him, “We decided we don’t want a brown lead singer”. Jag’s exterior began to toughen and racist slurs pushed him to react. He frequently fought with students, and eventually was expelled from his high school.
At the ripe age of fourteen, Jag found himself hanging around older people and performing at night clubs. He eventually met Moka Only and Prevail at a rap competition, and the trio formed a group called The Article. Inspired by a mixed tape Jag received from a friend born in Trinidad, he began singing and chanting with a Reggae style. The blend of Indian and Jamaican sounds sank into his being and he knew the combination was his true musical identity.
At fifteen, Jag moved to Los Angeles. He joined a gang and lived with his Uncle in L.A. for almost a year. Jag returned to Vancouver hardened and resilient. He re-entered high school, and pursued violence as a means of defence against other students. Jag fought, skipped school, and rebelled. In total, he was kicked out of eleven different high schools in the Lower Mainland. The young artist faced an epiphany at the age of seventeen, realizing music was his only saviour. He began to write again. Jag met Meastro Fresh Wes and became seriously reacquainted with music. He wrote a track that mixed Indian and Reggae music, called, “Coolin’ It”. Jag won a Videofact Award from MuchMusic and his song hit #3 on the Electric City music chart.
Jag was desperately attempting to escape the gang lifestyle when his cousin was murdered. Soon after, Jag was stabbed in the back. He nearly faced death, spent days in ICU, and decided he had to get away from Vancouver. The artist moved to India and lived with relatives for six months. He spent time listening to Bob Marley and examining the vast difference between the poor and the rich in India. Jag once again returned to Vancouver, but with a new attitude. He was inspired to change and spread positive energy through his music. Pressured by his family to attend business college, he was eventually offered a job position with Coca Cola. While working at an event, Jag ran into past acquaints, Swollen Members. He started writing and performing yet again.
Jag has recorded tracks at Vancouver’s Hipposonic Studios, The Armory, and Green House. He has also worked with producer, Bobby Muckle. Jag has collaborated with Chin Injeti and Swollen Members. He has opened for the Black Eyed Peas, alongside Moka Only (2003), K’naan, alongside Chin and Ridley Bent (2004), Tokyo Police Club and Finger Eleven (2005), Damian Marley (2006 Telus Festival), and Apachi Idian (2009 Toronto Desifest). He has won top five in a Seeds Competition through CFox, 99.3 Vancouver radio station, and a MuchMusic VideoFact Award for his song titled, “Love”. The artist has opened for Delhi to Dublin at the Bell Center, and has headlined at Desifest in Vancouver. Since 2010, Jag has been recording music ideas in a studio. 2011 led him to working with HMD Productions. 2012 has brought a collaboration with Culture Shock’s, Sunny Brown, and a signed agreement with Live Vision.
As a spiritual man, Jag believes in the universe. He draws inspiration from relationships and nature. Although his family shows reluctancy in supporting his musical career, Jag presses on to follow his inner voice. He is influenced by Michael Jackson, The Beatles, The Police, Bob Marley, Sade, Chaka Demus And Pliers, Apache Indian, Amitabh Buchan, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Shabba Ranks, Super Cat, Buju Banton, Sean Paul, Punjabi MC, Bally Sagoo, and many others. Having trouble fitting into a specific genre, Jag has created his own name for his personal style: Breghra, a mix of Bahngra and Reggae. His dream is to work with producers and DJ’s alike to create and spread his unique sound. Jag presses on, filling the gaps between cultures in today’s music, and linking people together on an entirely new level.
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- Oct 30 2012
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