Following the release of a handful of singles throughout 2021 and into the new year, soul/funk/pop newcomer Jeverson finally dropped his debut self-titled EP just last month. Although only six songs in length, the collection of music finds the emerging artist experimenting with different sounds and genres while paying homage to the music that he grew up listening to in Grenada. The EP is a perfect taste test for what’s to come and proves that Jeverson is capable of just about anything.
Having been compared to artists like James Brown, Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak, and with influences ranging from Otis Redding and James Brown to Michael Jackson and Prince, his diverse sound hits every single mark. His soulful roots include a unique blend of sounds inspired by his Island roots with a pinch of Soca and a dash of Reggae. With Jeverson out now, we caught up with him to discuss the EP’s inspiration, his musical upbringing and plans for the future. Read more and listen to the EP now below.
Prelude Press: You just released your debut EP last month! Now that it has been out for a few weeks and you’ve had some time to reflect on it, what are some of your favorite things about the EP?
Jeverson: I love that it’s a mix of different sounds. You never really know what’s gonna play next.
You released a handful of singles throughout the past couple of years, but the EP marks your first full collection of work. With it being your debut EP, was there anything you set out to accomplish when you began working on it?
Not really. I just wanted it to be a collection of music I could be proud of as someone who recently picked up the craft of songwriting.
You’ve mentioned before that you had a very musical upbringing – what first inspired you to pursue it as a career?
When I was handed my first tip from singing at a hotel restaurant. I knew I could sing but, I really only sang in church and in choirs and never really got paid. This man came up and tipped me and went on and on about how good it was… it was my first real gig.
How do you feel the music you grew up listening to affected the songs on the EP?
100% affected the sound of the EP and it will influence every other project I work on. I think whatever I listen to would come out in the music I make, somehow.
Were there any sounds that you knew you wanted to incorporate into the EP?
Honestly, I just knew I wanted the music to feel good. I love the idea of taking the feeling of older music from Otis Redding and James Brown, Michael Jackson and Prince with some Caribbean vibes and bringing it to my generation.
Did you come across any challenges when working on the EP?
I think the biggest challenge was believing that I could do it, and that it would be great. I would wonder at times if my writing was up to par, but I just kept working on it as well as myself.
What was the most rewarding or exciting part of the songwriting process?
Hearing a song go from a hum and tap on the leg, to a fully produced track that I could dance to or sing along with.
With the EP out now, do you have any other big plans for the rest of the year?
I’m gonna tour for a bit while working on my second project. I know it’ll be a busy time for me, but I’m looking forward to getting the music and myself out there!
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you for allowing me! I would like to encourage readers/fans to keep following my journey, because it’s just starting and it’s about to be really exciting! Thanks again!