While enrolled in the University of Charleston,West Virginia; Nicholas Murray found himself auditioning for the school's choir. It was here that he discovered the potential of his vocal talent; "The choir director told me I had a very good and powerful baritone voice, and after my first session I was hooked," the afro wearing singer remarked ardently. With no doubts in his mind and dreams bigger than his hair, it was then that he decided to pursue a musical career.
The young musician has his ambitions set as high as they can go, hoping to someday tour Europe and the world by extension, "I would describe my music as 'feel good' reggae," said the square jawed singer, "I want to perform in front of thousands of fans, and portray a more positive image of Jamaican music, to be a true ambassador for reggae," he stated determinedly.
In fact he chose a stage name that would reflect just this aspiration; to conquer the world through music, a musical 'Conkarah'. The crooner whose rugged yet breezy voice is just as much of a paradox as his gentle demeanor and passionate performance, was first introduced to the music arena with the video for a demo he recorded in England called Runaway. Thereafter the artiste found himself back to his roots in Jamaica to further hone his newfound musical talent.
In the same vein as the legendary Bob Marley the young artiste sways towards the more acoustic side of the genre. His unique sound in addition to his distinctive appearance easily separates Conkarah from his counterparts. In this distinctiveness he finds much satisfaction, as conforming to the status quo of the Jamaican music industry is by no means within his scope. "To me music is my form of freedom," says the enthusiastic artist.
In spite of his adamant intent to remain an individual, he admits to the impact of other artistes on his work. Conkarah professes that German reggae sensation Gentleman is very influential to his craft adding, "I would love to work with Gentleman, he is the boss!"
The vocalist currently works with budding producer of Lifeline Music, Nicholas 'Niko' Browne who produced his debut single 'Forever'. To date he has collaborated with Mr. Vegas on a rendition of Jimmy London's A Little Love for the Steely and Clevie Memories album.
Thus far the artiste describes his musical journey as being "Exciting and refreshing". Though he acknowledges that there are vices within the industry he commented that, "I wouldn't necessarily say that there is anything 'unattractive' about the industry however, it can be challenging - but this pushes me to be creative and innovative. My love for music and the people that appreciate it makes it worthwhile, every day."
The artiste is quite focused and ready for the fruition of his efforts in his upcoming album. In closing Conkarah told the IrieZine that he is working hard in the studio saying "Everyone can look out for more good music from the team." Readers can also check out the video for his debut single Forever which was recently shot by yet another talented newcomer, director Darren Scott.