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Jah9 in concert, October 10, 2019, Het Depot Leuven, Belgium
Jah9 in concert, October 10, 2019, Het Depot Leuven, Belgium
Background information
Also known asJanine Elizabeth Cunningham
Born (1983-05-23) 23 May 1983 (age 41)
OriginMontego Bay, Jamaica
Roots reggae
Years active2011–present
LabelsVP Records

Janine Elizabeth Cunningham (born 23 May 1983), better known as Jah9, is a Jamaican singer and also a yoga teacher.[1]



Jah9 was born in Montego Bay in Saint James, Jamaica. Her father was a Baptist minister and her mother was a teacher and social worker. She spent much of her childhood in Falmouth, Trelawny. In 1991 the family moved to Kingston. After a period at the university she commenced realizing her musical passion. Her music is often described as "jazz on dub", because her singing voice is influenced by Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, partly combined with the dancehall sound of Sizzla and the more potent dub rhythms similar to those of Augustus Pablo.[2] In 2013 her first album New Name appeared.[3][4] She has recorded three albums for VP Records including New Name (2013), 9 (2016) and the recently released Note to Self on March 13, 2020.[5]




  • New Name (2013)
  • ‘’9’’ (2016)[6]
  • ‘’Mad Professor Meets Jah9 - In The Midst Of The Storm’’ (2017)[7]
  • ‘’Feelings‘’ (2018)(mini-album, vinyl only)[8]
  • ‘’Note To Self’’ (2020)[9]


Jah9 in concert at Vooruit in Ghent, Belgium
  1. ^ Schwind, Gary (17 March 2020). "JAH9 DISCUSSES NEW ALBUM 'NOTE TO SELF', TRUSTING YOURSELF AND MORE (INTERVIEW)". Glide Magazine. Retrieved 19 August 2020. I'm a teacher of yoga as well. Having to do that work with my body helps my mind.
  2. ^ "Bio | Jah 9". jah9.net. Archived from the original on 16 September 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Album launch. New Name is Jah9′s perfect blend | BigUpRadio Streaming Reggae Music". 19 August 2013. Archived from the original on 19 August 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Jah9 9 Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  5. ^ Meschino, Patricia (14 February 2020). "Jah9 Premieres Video for Highly". Billboard. New York. Retrieved 19 August 2020. the release of three outstanding albums for New York City based reggae independent VP Records, New Name (2013), 9 (2016) and Note to Self, due on March 13.
  6. ^ "Jah9 – 9". Discogs.
  7. ^ "Jah9 – Mad Professor Meets Jah9 - In The Midst Of The Storm". Discogs.
  8. ^ "Jah9 – Feelings". Discogs.
  9. ^ "Jah9 – Note To Self". Discogs.