Chronixx

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Chronixx
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Background information
Birth name Jamar Rolando McNaughton
Born (1992-10-10) 10 October 1992 (age 22)
Origin Jamaica
Genres Reggae, dancehall
Occupation(s) Singer, DDD
Years active 2003–present
Labels ZincFence
Website chronixxmusic.com

Jamar Rolando McNaughton Jr (born 10 October 1992 [1]), popularly known as Chronixx, is a Jamaican reggae artist. His stage name replaced the name "Little Chronicle" which he was given because of his father, the singer "Chronicle".[2][3]

Chronixx and his music has been branded as a "Reggae Revival," alongside other reggae musicians including Dre Island, Jah Bouks, Jah9, Protoje, Kelissa, Jesse Royal, Keznamdi and Kabaka Pyramid, his lyrical content revolves around themes of anti-war, romantic declarations and resiliency.[4] [5]

Early life[edit]

McNaughton began songwriting at an early age and his father Jamar McNaughton Sr, known professionally as "Chronicle", began to nurture his musical aspirations.[2] McNaughton wrote his first song, "Rice Grain", at the age of 5.[6] During an interview with Okay Player Chronixx spoke on his early life

"My music come from early beginnings, from childhood days. I used to sing at school, in church, and then my whole family sings. My daddy, Chronicle, caused me to be very exposed to music from a very tender age. That’s where the music started for me. Professionally now, that’s when I was in high school. I started producing. Making riddims. But the music go from then until now. When I was 15, 16 I started producing and it was a great vibe for me."[7]

He attended St Catherine High School in Spanish Town.[2] He started his recording career at the age of 11, recording a Gospel track with producer Danny Browne (which was not released), and went on to provide harmony vocals for artists such as Lutan Fyah as well as beginning production work, creating rhythms used by artists such as Konshens.[2][6] At the age of 14, he began producing and building riddims, including the Freezer riddim for Ice Box Records.[2] In 2009 Chronixx's brother died which led to him writing with Romaine 'Teflon' Arnett of Zincfence Records.[2]

Career[edit]

His popularity grew throughout 2012, with significant airplay in Jamaica, and performances at festivals such as Reggae Sumfest and a show in December at the Tracks and Records nightclub/restaurant in Kingston, which was attended by Usain Bolt.[4] He was featured on the Major Lazer-curated mixtape Start a Fire.[8] In 2013 he had hits with "Smile Jamaica" and "Here Comes Trouble", and he toured the United Kingdom (including a BBC 1Xtra concert in Leeds) and the United States with his Zincfence Redemption Band.[6][9][10] In March 2013 he travelled to Kenya, where he has a large fanbase, as a Peace Ambassador during the country's general election, and performed at the Tuka Rada Peace Concert in Nairobi.[11] He again performed at Sumfest in 2013, in front of an audience of almost 10,000.[12]

His EP, Dread & Terrible, was released on 1 April 2014, and topped the Billboard Top Reggae Albums charts on the week of 18 April.[2][13] Prior to his promotion of the EP, Dead & Terrible had accumulated sales of 1,000 downloads in the US, following his appearance on the Jimmy Fallon show and his Central Park concert the EP saw significant gains selling 12,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, earning a number two position on the Digital Reggae Singles chart.[4] The EP returned to the number one spot on the Top Reggae Albums chart with total sales of 5,000 units, according to SoundScan.[4] Before these high profile performances, the EP had moved just 400 units.[4]

In May 2014 he won Culture Artist of the Year, Best New Artist, and Entertainer of the Year at the Linkage Awards in New York.[14] In July 2014 he performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on US network NBC.[15] He followed this with a concert in Central Park attended by over 5,000 people.[16] In September 2014 he was nominated for a MOBO Award in the Best Reggae Act category.[17] The following month he won awards for Best Song (for "Smile Jamaica") and Best Music Video (for "Here Comes Trouble") at the 33rd International Reggae & World Music Awards.[18]

He founded his own ZincFence Recordz production house along with producer Romain "Teflon" Arnett and co-producer/engineer Ricardo "Shadyz" Lynch.[4] As well as Chronixx, ZincFence has produced hits by Jah Cure, Kabaka Pyramid, and Protoje, and had worked with Maverick Sabre, Mavado, and Nomaddz.[19]

In January 2015, Chronixx appeared on "Belly of the Beast" a song which featured on American rapper Joey Badass debut album B4.Da.$$.[20]

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Start a Fire (2012) - with Major Lazer and Walshy Fire

EPs[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[21]
US
R&B
'Hooked on Chronixx - -
'Dread & Terrible 179 1

Singles[edit]

  • "Mi Alright" (2013), Chimney - with Kabaka Pyramid
  • "Access Granted" (2013), Notice
  • "World Under Siege" (2013), Roots Tribulation
  • "Alpha and Omega" (2013), John John
  • "Most I" (2013), Don Corleon
  • "Thanks and Praise" (2013), Lifeline
  • "Here Comes Trouble" (2013), Overstand
  • "Selassie Souljahz" (2013), Royal Order Music - with Sizzla, Protoje, and Kabaka Pyramid
  • "Smile Jamaica" (2013), Silly Walks Discotheque
  • "Ain't No Giving In" (2013), Chimney - B-side of Tarrus Riley's "Gimme Likkle One Drop"
  • "Perfect Tree" (2014), Royal Order Music
  • "Prayer" (2014), Israel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chronixx Biography". Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Jackson, Kevin (2014) "Chronixx tops Billboard’s reggae chart", Jamaica Observer, 12 April 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014
  3. ^ Jeffries, David "Chronixx Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved 10 May 2014
  4. ^ a b c d e f Meschino, Patricia (2013) "Is Chronixx Jamaican Reggae's Next Big Thing? Chris Blackwell, Diplo Think So", Billboard, 25 September 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2014
  5. ^ Bakare, Lanre (2013) "Chronixx puts Rastafarianism back into Jamaican reggae", The Guardian, 11 October 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2014
  6. ^ a b c Henry, Krista (2012) "Chronixx Begins Doing His Part", Jamaica Gleaner, 15 January 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2014
  7. ^ http://www.okayplayer.com/interviews/new-reggae-artist-chronixx-interview.html
  8. ^ "LargeUp Premiere: Major Lazer Presents Chronixx & Walshy Fire [Mixtape]", okayplayer. Retrieved 10 May 2014
  9. ^ Johnson, Richard (2014) "Chronixx carries the torch", Jamaica Observer, 10 February 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014
  10. ^ "Chronixx makes outdoor debut in New York's 'Groovin'", Jamaica Observer, 7 March 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014
  11. ^ "Chronixx Named Peace Ambassador to Kenya", 96mixx.com, 22 March 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2014
  12. ^ Dreisinger, Baz (2013) "Jamaica's Hottest New-School Reggae Artists Return To Roots", NPR, 29 December 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2014
  13. ^ Meschino, Patricia (2014) "Chronixx Tops Reggae Album Chart Following 'Tonight Show' & Central Park Performances", Billboard, 31 July 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014
  14. ^ "Chronixx, I-Octane top Linkage Awards", Jamaica Observer, 7 May 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014
  15. ^ Jackson, Kevin (2014) "Here Comes Chronixx", Jamaica Observer, 24 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014
  16. ^ Campbell, Howard (2014) "Jagger comes out for Chronixx", Jamaica Observer, 29 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014
  17. ^ Jackson, Kevin (2014) "5 For MOBO Reggae", Jamaica Observer, 24 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014
  18. ^ "Chronixx takes two IRAWMA", Jamaica Observer, 8 October 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014
  19. ^ Jackson, Kevin (2014) "Behind the Zinc Fence", Jamaica Observer, 16 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014
  20. ^ "Amazon.com: Joey Bada$$: B4.DA.$$ (LP): Music". Amazon Music. Retrieved January 9, 2015. 
  21. ^ http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/record-labels/6206814/billboard-200-chart-moves-jack-whites-vinyl-sales-still

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