Rising star Vershon has a lot to be thankful for in 2016. The artist born as Adrian Brown took the Jamaican airwaves by storm with his dynamic hit “Inna Real Life,’’ a song we named No. 4 on our list of 2015’s Best Dancehall Tracks. The dynamic deejay also has a compassionate side, having provided meals with Food for the Poor to feed hungry people in Kingston’s inner city. Now, he is cooking up new music in the studio with Birchill Records for his upcoming album entitled Unoffical. Take a moment to get to know the humble and vibrant spirit behind this outgoing dancehall emcee. —Leanne Fairweather
How would you describe your sound?
My style and image is different. I would describe myself in these words: talented, easygoing, and humble.
Tell us a little bit about the place you come from…
Kingston 11. I’ve lived a simple life. I went through some hardships, being raised by my mother, and my father was not present. However, I have a lot to be proud of.
Tell us about the moment where you knew you had broken through as an artist…
From when I was in high school, I won competitions at the Fair Day and talent shows. My teachers would encourage me, and compliment my singing voice. I started taking it as a career from 14 years old rapping with my friends.
What were your highlights in 2015?
Definitely “Inna Real Life” – I got a big break with the song. Some other releases I had were “Boom” and “Ruff Up the World.” But it was definitely “Inna Real Life” that launched my exposure. Everything happened so fast. It was quite unexpected, but I owe it to the fans that supported it.
What should we expect to see and hear from you in 2016?
A lot of projects: Especially more music for the ladies. There will be new songs, videos, and plenty of visuals. Also look out for a release date for my album, Unoffical.
What artists are you watching in 2016?
Well you know I as an artist Vershon nuh really watch artist. But my main influences are: Vybz Kartel, Supercat, Beenie Man, and Bounty Killer.