"Inspired by the fearless truth-telling of Nina Simone, and projecting the ethereal aura of early Erykah Badu," according to billboard.com; Jah9 has become a femiNINE icon of a movement based on universal consciousness. Deeply mystical, Jah9 has emerged from a chrysalis of poetry and dub of Jamaican roots reggae. Her philosophy- profoundly spiritual, and her style - "Jazz on Dub".
Born Janine Cunningham, Jah9 spent her first 9 years in Falmouth, Trelawny, on the rural western edge of Jamaica before moving into the city of Kingston, where she ventured inward and found an outlet for her feelings in the words that she wrote... Jah9 became a staple on Jamaica's underground poetry scene by 2009. The empty spaces of instrumental dub allowed a young Jah9 to find her voice, and her demos caught the attention of the legendary singer Beres Hammond as well as popular producer Don Corleon; meanwhile the passion in her live performance and her love for live music caught the attention of her peers and assisted in jump starting what is known to the world as the 'reggae revival' Jah9 has gone on to successfully release two albums; 'New Name' (2013) & '9' (2016). Her debut album, 'New Name' produced by pioneer selector Rory 'Stone Love', was voted album of the year by AchisReggae.com and brought forth the playful hit, 'Avocado'. In that same year Jah9 released the single "Steamers A Bubble" which has become an anthem for herb users worldwide. '9' album represents Jah9's shifts in energies to unveil a deeper more personal development of her 'Jazz on Dub' sound. The album was voted #2 Reggae Album of the Year by billboard.com.
Described as "black magic," Jah9 and her dub inspired band, The Dub Treatment, is a staple on European and American reggae and world music festivals having performed at Boomtown (UK), Roskilde Fest (DE), Paleo Fest (CH), Rototom (ES), Caliroots (US) among many others. A certified yoga instructor trained in Kemetic, Ashtanga and Iyengar methods, Jah9 has been known to compel her audiences during her live set to pause, breathe deeply and feel empowered. Intimately engaging with her fan base, Jah9 also curates an organic music-based yoga experience she calls 'Yoga on Dub'. Jah9 is rooted in her African heritage and driven to serve. In 2015, while on tour in Italy and Malta she was intent on engaging with African refugees, sharing with them insight on the new environment they would face, natural wellness as well as yoga/breathing as healing therapy. Jah9 is currently working in studio with legendary producer Clive Hunt on her follow-up to 2016's '9' album. So far two singles have been released; "Love Has Found I" and " Feel Good". They will be both be featured on an exclusive vinyl EP dubbed "Feelings" to be released in the summer of 2018.