On his debut album, Chasing Forever
delivers an odyssey of original compositions. Jeremiah held a deep desire to create a classic album. He also wanted to tell stories about the most powerful universal force – love. Music gave Jeremiah the inner strength to overcome not only his physical challenges but to inspire others to overcome their own struggles.
Born in Rochester, N.Y. , Jeremiah, one of 12 children, was influenced by classical, gospel, jazz and R&B music. It was the discovery of Sarah Vaughan
, Nina Simone
, Anita Baker
and Daryl Coley
that solidified Jeremiah's love affair with music. His mother, a former pianist for renowned, late opera singer William Warfield, encouraged his gifts. He attended the Rochester School of the Arts, with other talents Taye Diggs
and R&B vocalist Tweet
While attending college on scholarship in opera, Jeremiah made contributions to indie label SUR compilations, Mosaic and No Cover Before Nine. He has had the honor of sharing the stage with George Michael
, Michael Bolton
, Yolanda Adams
, Chuck Mangione
, Amel Larrieux
, Robert Glasper and recently Frank MacComb and Rachelle Ferrell
. "Jeremiah is a gem," says Rachelle Ferrell, "He touches my soul, I feel him. He is me and I am him," she adds, "His talent is endless."
Working on Chasing Forever was a gratifying experience for Jeremiah. "I knew it was important to take my time and capture who I am in a live setting," Jeremiah notes, "With the organic textures of strings and other acoustic instruments we were able to create a wealth of emotions that are a journey." Jeremiah is also joined by many guest musicians on this album including Jay Fenix (Stephanie Mills
), David Guidice (Tony Bennett
, Bobby McFerrin
), Steve Styles (Keyshia Cole
, Toni Braxton
) Raymond Angry (Lauryn Hill
, Joss Stone
) and Chris Eddleton (Claudio Roditi, Saul Williams).
Jeremiah entered the studio early this year with Siri Music CEO, Chauncy Jackson (Tamia
, Deborah Cox
) to complete the album with "Hope (The Reason Why)," and the powerful "I Don’t Know You." The album also includes the duet, "Love For A While," with R&B songstress Shanice
. "Working with Jeremiah has been an amazing experience," says Jackson . "To be a part of this record is an absolute honor."
"I hope to be more than now but rather the impetus for change. Music for me is the continuum," says Jeremiah.
Artists of this caliber are a rare gem in an industry of unjustifiable hype. Join the masses as we celebrate the long-awaited arrival of one of the most authentic voices of today.
AUDIO: Love for a While feat. Shanice