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A fluid amalgam of neo-roots reggae and contemporary sounds, Mortimer emerged out of Jamaica's capital in 2014, releasing his own debut EP, Message Music, and guesting with Protoje. Over the coming years, he and producer Winta James issued string of respected singles including 2015's "Warning" and 2018's "Careful."
Mortimer McPherson was raised near the Red Hills Road district of Kingston, an area known for producing Buju Banton and Red Dragon. He grew up in a religious family and sang in the church choir, but was soon captivated by heavy hitters like Bob Marley, Donny Hathaway, and more contemporary R&B artists like John Legend. He made his recording debut in 2014 with the Message Music EP. Around this same time he befriended neo-roots star Protoje, who invited him to collaborate on the song "Protection," which appeared on Protoje's Ancient Future album. With the help of producer Winta James -- whom he had met through working with Protoje -- he built up his profile with the singles "Warning" (2015), "Ganja Train" 2016, and "This Feeling" (2017). He and Protoje resumed their collaboration in 2017 with the single "Truth & Rights" and in 2018, Mortimer returned with his own single, "Careful." ~ Timothy Monger