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What could it be about fast-rising sing-jay, G-Mac, why he is highly favoured by music industry types, including the big names of the business? From cultural sing-jay Sizzla to crooners Natty King and Bushman, G-Mac has been embraced by some of the most influential music practitioners, several of whom are solidly in his corner, rooting for G-Mac's ascension to the top. But it is not only music industry types who are impressed with the superstar on the rise, as fans of reggae and dancehall have latched on to the music of the comely sing-jay. His breakout, critically acclaimed number, Vampires, has been burning up the airwaves and flying off the shelves. G-Mac's follow-up, Girl You Got Me Going On, produced on his very own Royalty Records, has also garnered radio staple status. The singles have been keeping the dancehall crowd dancing, becoming a favourite of the most prominent sound systems and selectors. This newfound success G-Mac accepts with graciousness. "I just give thanks to all the people who have been supporting the cause," he submits. "I am happy that my works are being appreciated. There is no greater joy than knowing that what I put out there is being accepted." With disarming good looks, crisp, distinct vocal attributes and personable characteristics, G-Mac is knocking down the doors of superstardom while knocking everyone off their feet. His brand of music spans the gamut from cultural, reality message music to party floor themes and affairs-of-the-heart lovers odes. No surprises, since G-Mac's guiding principle is centered around a penchant for versatility. He says he refuses to be pigeonholed. "To be labeled and categorized is not my wish. I am about music that can inspire and elevate, but I am also about fun music that will help people release the stresses of life," he notes. Those who have come in contact with G-Mac's music will attest to the fact that the rising sing-jay possesses the uncommon ability to master all of reggae's sub-genres. From hardcore dancehall to soulful lovers rock, G-Mac glides comfortable across the scales, ably wrapping his edgy vocals and imaginative penmanship around every demand. This comfort level might be attributed to G-Mac's long flirtations with music, harking back to the sing-jay's formative years. G-Mac's brushes with musical inclinations first became manifest as a thirteen-year-old, when he was enlisted as a member of the six-part gospel singing group, Shade, connected to Harbour View's St. Boniface Church. It was while a member of the gospel group that G-Mac took his first taste performing for an audience, and it was a baptism that prepared him well. After leaving Jamaica for New York in 2000, G-Mac was featured on a concert in Buffalo, alongside Live Wyah (Progression Posse), and it was then that his stagemanship became undeniably evident. Three years later, upon his return to Jamaica, G-Mac was introduced to famed cultural sing-jay, Sizzla, and a new path was opened. G-Mac took his first step down that path when Sizzla invited the young sing-jay into his August Town recording studios. The result was a further honing of G-Mac's microphone skills. In fact, Sizzla was the first to spontaneously hand G-Mac a microphone. Since then, Sizzla has become a mentor and tutor. "He has taught me the intricacies of the business. He even showed me how to write and structure a song, and he has given me books to read," G-Mac reveals. One important lesson learnt in his emulation is the necessity for adapting to varying genres and styles. "I respect Sizzla because he is so versatile. Sizzla does culture, lovers rock, hip-hop, jazz and even rock music. He is my Idol," G-Mac confesses. Already, G-Mac has recorded the single, Life is Priceless, for Sizzla's Kalonji Records label. Other recordings include Nothing More Nothing Less for guitarist Gibby's record label, as well as the duet, Any Means Any How with dee jay Alozade. Some of his biggest achievements include the Too Bad Tour in Canada performing alongside Buju Banton. Performed at the biggest show in Jamaica Sting for two consecutive years. At Spring Break performed the hit song "Question" featuring Sizzla Kalonji. Performed at the Reggae Sumfest in 2009 and 2010 to notable reviews and in Europe 2011, where he wowed the audience with his spectacular voice and style in Belgium, Napoli, Sicily and Taranto Italy. So dynamic was his performance that he achieved the recognition to facilitate his own tour, the Gmac Citylock Tour from December 2012 to February 2013. Returning from his tour, he was in great demand and had five shows in Austria, eight in Germany, four in Italy, Amsterdam, Paris France, and Belgium. Some of his most notable collaborations are with the reggae legend Ken Boothe, and a remix of his hit song "Everything I Own", three collaborations with Sizzla Kalonji, including the remix of his hit song "Holding Firm" which garnered rave reviews and accolades. Other collaborations include one with Hurricane Chris, the platinum selling rapper in the USA, and another with Junior Reid. G-Mac is fast becoming a sought-after act for concert appearances, making live stage deliveries at various events across the island of Jamaica. It is an indication that G-Mac is oiled, ready and well prepared to take off to dizzying heights.
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