It’s a lesson JM has carried with him to the present day. As well as taking influence from Michael Jackson - whose shoes he occupied for 8 months as a young actor - he continually finds himself looking to Prince, Beyoncé, and TLC; all formidable artistic powerhouses who command stages with the sheer force of their personalities, express themselves with bold fashion, and who refuse to be contained within boxes. “Everything has to be a show,” he says. “As an artist, image is everything.”
Debut EP ‘The Deal’ is all about boundless expression. Theatricality and striking visuals centre his music; a diverse melting pot of sensual R'n'B, intimate songwriting and innovative, glossy pop production. Songwriting - at once exposed and empowering - draws on past troubles, and emerges from the storm with his head held high.