K'sangel aims for the stars

By Sade Gardner
Observer writer

Monday, September 24, 2018

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Singer K'sangel is excited about her freshly inked record deal with United States-based label Gold and Goal Production. The partnership was made official last month, and K'sangel has already hit the ground running with her latest release Rumpari.

“I was independent before and being a part of a label is definitely better because I'm now working with a team of different people with different ideas targeting different things,” she told the Jamaica Observer. “People have been loving the song and it would be great if it can cross over, I want it to go as far as it can. I want people to know my name and get familiar with me and my sound.”

K'sangel's reality was almost a shattered dream as she recalled a family friend telling her “music isn't a real job” when she was in high school. Things changed after she discovered the musical side of her family.

“I met my dad's side of the family and discovered my grandpa played the trumpet and my cousin is a DJ — that brought me back to music,” she told the Jamaica Observer. “I'd tell children who face a similar issue to never give up on your dreams, music can be a real job, just keep focused,” she added.

K'sangel, given name Sherene Salmon, said her moniker stems from “Kids' Angel”, a nickname she received years ago based on her love for and interaction with children.

Does she feel pressured to be a role model?

“I feel that from people. I remember growing up where people would talk about mature stuff that kids shouldn't listen to but because of how it was put together you wouldn't know,” she said. “It just comes down to how you put your material together in a way where it isn't so barefaced, that's the vision I have for my music. I do music to inspire people, I put my struggles in my music, it's not just happy or party music, it has substance too.”

K'sangel is working on her debut EP for release early next year.

She started her music career seven years ago with releases including Can't Take This and Thinking. She was raised in St Catherine, Kingston and Clarendon by her grandmother and mother, and has attended schools including Lennon High School, St Jago High School, and Dunoon Technical High School.

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