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Permanent lives up to name

Wednesday, January 29, 2014    

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PORTLAND-BASED singjay Permanent has high expectations for his sophomore set Ain't No Love Like Your Love.

Produced by Atlanta-based Kingstonian Records, the five-track album was released earlier this month.

"The title track is about unconditional love. It's about someone sticking with you through the good times and the bad. Everyone, worldwide, can relate to it," said the 31-year-old, whose given name is Lenroy Kirkland.

Ain't No Love Like Your Love includes Weh We Do Babylon, Wolf In Sheep Clothes, Hollywood and the title track.

"I try to do songs that will remain for a lifetime... hence the name Permanent. Songs that will uplift and inspire," he told the Jamaica Observer.

He said the other tracks are a mix of social commentaries and true-life experiences.

Permanent, who hails from Reich district, attended Fair Prospect High School in Portland. Inspired by reggae greats Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, he said he knew music was his calling from an early age and performed at several concerts.

"I was encouraged by friends and family to follow my dream," he said.

His career got a boost when he met Derrick Stewart, president of Kingstonian Records back in 2010.

The meeting would see the release of a six-song set entitled No More Chain the following year. He, however, feels his latter production reflects a more mature artiste.

"These are life stories that will last forever."

-- BB

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