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What do Jennifer Howland, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Amy Grant have in common? They all started off as background vocalists. For the last 3 ½ years Jennifer Howland has been honing her skills as an integral part of the band Christafari, performing over 300 shows in 34 countries. As a lead vocalist she’s been featured on Christafari’s “Reggae Redemption Songs II” and “No Compromise” albums including a solo in the band’s hit video “Try Jah Love.” After years of experience and positive audience responses to her songs, Christafari is now backing Jennifer on her stunning solo debut.
While Jen has been described as “Beyonce meets Bob Marley,” her sound is far more versatile than this. Her “Daughter of the King” album is a multi-faceted recording that adds elements of dancehall, hip-hop, R&B, Gospel, acoustic and Samba to its roots reggae foundation. Over percolating rhythms and bouncy beats, the spunky Howland is genuinely captivating. Whether she softly sings, raps (in Jamaican Patois) or passionately wails, Jen is both sweetness and power in one beautiful package.
“She’s a powerhouse,” says Producer and Christafari founder Mark Mohr, “I think that this album is best described as ‘reggae got soul’ and it’s sure to win souls for the Kingdom.” One thing that separates this project from others is Jen’s candid testimony that peppers the songs. On “No Other Man” she raps; “I used to pop pills and then I’d smoke weed… but out of ashes He made beauty. He gave me some love and some self esteem—And now I am a daughter of the King.”
"On this album I take the listener on a journey through the eyes of a misdirected young girl and follow her transformation into a Daughter of the King. This project is my opportunity to give an honest testimony about my experiences as an unbeliever and share the changes that have taken place in my life since I came to the Lord. My goal is to encourage others to recognize who they really are in Jesus Christ."—Jennifer Howland