JMSN

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JMSN
JMSN @ The Intersection 10.28.12.jpg
Background information
Birth name Christian Berishaj
Also known as Christian TV, Snowhite
Origin Eastpointe, Michigan, United States
Genres PBR&B, electronica
Occupations Singer-songwriter, producer, engineer, mixer, music video director
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, violin, drums[1]
Labels White Room Records
Associated acts Love Arcade, Boldy James, Ab-Soul
Website iamjmsn.com

Christian Berishaj, better known by his stage name JMSN (pronounced Jameson), is an Albanian American singer-songwriter and record producer from Eastpointe, Michigan. Also a multi-instrumentalist, music engineer and mixer, JMSN's debut album Priscilla, was released in 2012. He wrote and produced the album by himself, as well as directed the music videos accompanying its release.

Life and career[edit]

Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Berishaj was raised in Eastpointe, Michigan by his mother, Crystal Lutz and his first stepfather.[2] Lutz and Berishaj later left him because he would physically abuse her. They had to rely on welfare to get by.[1] His biological father, Nick Berishaj is of Albanian descent. Nick bought Christian a guitar when he was in the fourth grade.[1] Christian started working on Pro Tools at the age of twelve. He began writing songs which he recorded on equipment bought by his father, who had reconnected with Christian and was funding him for such purchases.[1]

He also learned how to play other instruments and began holding neighborhood garage performances with a band, Snowhite, he formed with three other members.[1] He attended South Lake High School in St. Clair Shores.[1] Eventually, he began mailing demos and performance videos to record labels, having his mother cold call A&R representatives.[1][3] By eighteen, Berishaj had written and recorded a whole album, Love Arcade, on which he plays all the instruments.[3] He secured a recording contract with Atlantic Records, after turning down an offer from Sony Records, along with his band in 2005.[2][4][3][5] His demos had impressed David Wimmer and Leslie Dweck of Atlantic, who were taken by Berishaj's drive and ambition.[1] Love Arcade was released in 2006 with the band credited as Love Arcade, the other members served as the touring band only, not performing on the record.[3] He was known as Snowhite while in the group. After three years together, the band broke up.[5]

Berishaj then left Detroit for Los Angeles. He began working on his solo debut with Luke Walker of The Summer Obsession.[4] His song, "1, 2, 3, Turn Around" was featured in the 2009 film, Fired Up. He used the money earned from the licensing to fund a music video for the song "When She Turns 18", which resulted in him signing to Universal Motown Records as Christian TV in January 2010.[5][6] On July 29, 2010 Christian TV made his network television debut, performing "When She Turns 18" live on So You Think You Can Dance.[4] In October, Berishaj released his first mixtape entitled "Who The F*ck Is Christian TV" for free. During this time he also went on tour supporting Pete Wentz and his new band Black Cards in the UK. Berishaj began working on his debut album, Diary of an 80's Baby with production by Kevin Rudolf, No I.D., co-production with Luke Walker and Berishaj himself. He also co-wrote a song for Japanese pop singer, Hitomi's album Spirit. Universal Motown was later shut down and he did not appear on the rosters of the resulting Universal Republic Records or Motown Records.[7] In 2013 his North American tour took him to over 20 different cities where he both headlined and opened for different acts.

2012: Priscilla[edit]

After leaving his label, Berishaj started his own White Room Records and adopted the moniker, JMSN.[8] He released his debut album, Priscilla in early 2012. The album was written and produced by Berishaj himself and is of the R&B genre as opposed to pop-rock and electropop of his previous projects.[9] He also pursues darker emotional themes in lyrics over melancholic melodies and beats that The Guardian described as "spaced out" and compared to fellow R&B artist The Weeknd.[9][10] Self-directed videos for "Alone", "Hotel" and "Something" were released to accompany the album's release, while a video for "Girl I Used to Know" was released under his previous stage name.[11] In April, R&B singer Usher told music magazine NME that JMSN was his "favorite new act".[12]

2013–present: Unit 6[edit]

In October 2012, JMSN, who previously produced "Nibiru" for Ab-Soul earlier in August, for what his label called "TDE Fam Appreciation Week", announced he and the rapper would be releasing a collaborative project together.[13] The lead single for Ab-Soul and JMSN's collaborative album, Unit 6.[14] The song, titled "You're Gone", features vocals from both artists, as well as production from JMSN.[15] JMSN was also part of Pray . A song released on Jesus Piece by The Game which also features J Cole.

Influences[edit]

Berishaj has listed Prince, Phil Collins, Fiona Apple, Radiohead, Hatiras and Boys Noize as influences on his music.[2]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B CAN UK
Priscilla
  • Released: January 11, 2012
  • Label: White Room Records
  • Format: Digital download
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

EPs[edit]

List of extended-plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B CAN UK
Pllajë
  • Released: November 5, 2013
  • Label: White Room Records
  • Format: Digital download
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
"You're Gone"[16]
(with Ab-Soul)
2013 Unit 6
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" 2012 Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
"The Art of Peer Pressure"
"Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst"
"Real"
"Pray"[17] Game, J. Cole Jesus Piece
"Make It Last" 2013 Ta-Ku Make It Last
"All We Do" Kaytranada Kaytra Todo
"Late" Beat Culture Forgive
"Drive Fast, Live Young" Tyga Hotel California
"Death From Above" Kastle Kastle
"Make You Stay"
"Separate"[18] Deniro Farrar The Patriarch II
"Affection" Sango North
"Slo Swerve" 14KT, Buff1 Nickel & Dimed
"IV" Blue Sky Black Death Glaciers
"W.R.O.H." 2014 Ab-Soul These Days...

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2009 "Drop Dead Gorgeous Jaimie" Christian TV
2010 "When She Turns 18" Original David Yarovesky and Christian TV
"When She Turns 18" Ethan Lader
"Let's Just F*ck" Christian TV
2011 "Love2Baby"
"Girl I Used To Know"
"Hotel" JMSN
"Alone" JMSN[19]
2012 "Something" JMSN
"Fallin" JMSN / Kenneth Brown
"Let U Go" / Priscilla Trilogy David Yarovesky
"Jameson" Green Glow Films
2014 "The One" JMSN[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Smith, Brian. "Music: Teenarama". Metro Times. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  2. ^ a b c [1][dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d Apar, Corey. "Love Arcade". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  4. ^ a b c ":: arjanwrites music blog ::: Free MP3 Download: Christian TV "When She Turns 18"". Arjanwrites.com. 2010-08-14. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  5. ^ a b c [2][dead link]
  6. ^ Labrecque, Jeff (2010-05-14). "New artist Christian TV's 'When She Turns 18': Could this be a summer smash? | The Music Mix | EW.com". Music-mix.ew.com. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  7. ^ "Ethiopia Habtemariam Named Senior Vice President of Motown Records". Billboard.biz. 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  8. ^ "Who's That Girl? | Life + Times". Lifeandtimes.com. 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  9. ^ a b TSSCrew (2012-02-16). "JMSN Priscilla Album Review | The Smoking Section". Smokingsection.uproxx.com. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  10. ^ Tim Jonze (2012-02-18). "Tim Jonze On Shuffle … R&B | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  11. ^ http://www.offtheradarmusic.com/2011/07/christian-tv-new-single-video.html
  12. ^ http://hustlegrl.com/blog/2012/04/usher-says-jmsn-is-his-favourite-new-act/
  13. ^ "Ab-Soul and JMSN Working on Collaborative EP". Music News. SoulCulture. October 22, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  14. ^ ""You're Gone" - Single by Ab-Soul & JMSN". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Ab-Soul – & JMSN - "You're Gone"". 2DopeBoyz. January 21, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  16. ^ ""You're Gone" - Single by Ab-Soul & JMSN". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  17. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (November 17, 2012). "Game "Jesus Piece" Tracklist & Cover Art". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  18. ^ http://hypetrak.com/2013/06/deniro-farrar-featuring-jmsn-separate-produced-by-ryan-hemsworth/
  19. ^ "JMSN - Alone". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  20. ^ "JMSN - The One". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 

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