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I Atom looks at Minimum Wage

Saturday, December 23, 2017

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I ATOM is stirring up debate with her new single and video No Minimum Wage .

According to her, the track urges working-class people to elevate themselves above the financial shackles created by a minimum wage.

“People love it, they say it is meaningful, and every Jamaican and other nationalities globally can relate to what I am saying, 'we nah work for no minimum wage'. I once worked for minimum wage, but you can't settle; set yourself higher goals and move on to a higher level,” said I Atom, whose given name is Careen Hanchard.

In 2016, the national minimum wage was increased from $5,600 to $6,200 per 40-hour work week.

Born in the Nine Miles community of St Ann. She attended Ferncourt High before matriculating to the College of Agricultural Science and Education, where she read for a degree in agricultural science.

She did an internship at Rural Agricultural Development Authority and three months later, landed a job, at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Two years ago, she walked away from her job she resigning to migrate to the US where she planned to read for a master's degree in agriculture before divine intervention set her on the path to pursue a music career as a gospel and cultural singer.

“An angel spoke to me and told me I was not mentally prepared to spend another four years in the classroom. I was shocked because I am not from a musical background and I had never written a song or even tried to sing. But I never doubted the voice of the angel,” she said.

The next day, she began to pen songs and within a week, she had written several songs, enough to compile an EP. She hit the recording studios in January 2015 to record a demo for one of the songs, Too Much Corruption.

“I've come to realise that I was born with a purpose. God wants to use me as a vessel to spread positive messages throughout the world. I was to be an ambassador for positive reggae music. God has blessed me with the gift of music. Music called, I answered,” she said.

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