SINGER Jodian Pantry is a survivor. She said she has been through a failed marriage and rises from the ashes with a cover of Michael Bolton’s 1989 hit single When I’m Back on My Feet Again.
“To be honest, my mind remained blank for months. It was my producer Paul Patmore who woke me up when he shared the song with me and told me ‘This song is for you. It’s all you.’ I pressed ‘Play’ and it was only tears after that and a lifted spirit,” Pantry told the Jamaica Observer.
“The bird is no longer caged. Her broken wings have healed and now she’s flying. Now that I’m a single and happy woman, three-and-a-half-year marriage was just a complex exam. I thought I had failed but it turned out I have passed it — and I’m now being promoted to a higher level in life with a great support system,” she continued.
She said the prayers from family and persons who love and care about her have helped with the healing process. She has also utilised self-love to move forward from the experience.
When I’m Back on My Feet Again is produced by Paul Patmore and was released on April 24.
Written by Diane Warren after the death of her father, When I’m Back on My Feet Again was a massive hit for American singer Michael Bolton. It topped multiple charts in Jamaica. It was also a success in Europe, hitting the top 40 in seven countries, number one on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990.
Now 32 years old and a gospel artiste, Pantry shot to fame locally when she participated in the popular Digicel Rising Stars talent reality series. She finished in second place behind Romain Virgo. She later teamed with singer Noddy Virtue (another Digicel Rising Stars alum) for a cover of Bon Jovi’s Bed of Roses, which topped the Jamaica Music Countdown Reggae chart.
In 2001 she entered and finished in second place in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song competition with the song I’ll Give My Heart.