Roots singer Jahdon turned to music for solace

Still recovering from the most heartbreaking event in his life, roots singer Jahdon turned to music for solace. From his pen came Pain, a song inspired by the recent death of his daughter.

Pain was released October 13 by the artiste’s Broomie LLC and Look Ya Now Entertainment, and distributed by Tuff Gong International. It came out even as Jahdon and his wife Francine continue to mourn the loss of their only child who was 17 months-old.

While writing and recording the song was heart-wrenching, he said it was also therapeutic.

“Absolutely. For my wife and me, music isn’t just a passion; it’s a lifeline. The process of creating Pain became a sacred space where we could pour our grief and find a sense of peace within the storm. Being surrounded by the rhythms and melodies allowed us to express what words alone could not,” Jahdon explained. “The studio became a sanctuary, and every note we played or sang was a step towards healing. The love and energy our musical family put into this project wrapped us in a warmth that transcended our loss.”

He added that, “The song is a testament to our daughter’s memory and the transformative power of music that carries us through the darkest times.”

Jahdon, who hails from rural Clarendon parish in central Jamaica, is known for roots songs like Broomie and Congo Bongo, which are expressions of his love for a rustic, Rastafarian lifestyle.

Because he was raised without a father, becoming a parent was even more special for Jahdon. He admits it will be a big test whenever he performs Pain for the first time on stage.

“The thought has crossed my mind, but I’ve always seen music as a realm where emotions aren’t just felt; they’re shared and multiplied. Pain is a deeply personal narrative, and bringing it to the stage will undoubtedly stir emotions, not just for me but hopefully for the audience,” said Jahdon. “When I perform Pain, I’m not only honouring my daughter’s memory, but also reaching out to anyone who has experienced loss to let them know they’re not alone. It’s a moment of collective empathy and strength.”

By Howard Campbell For