“Keep On (Game of Life)” by Jamaican singer/songwriter Cezar has recently been awarded 2nd place in the finals of the ISC (International Songwriting Competition) in the category of World Music. The song was entered into the ISC last year in the World Music category since no reggae specific category exists at this time. This is a big achievement, considering over 15,000 submissions were made.
Cezar is a Jamaican singer/songwriter/producer whose sound is a fusion of musical influences that balances his pop and R&B infused vocal style and guitar riffs with hardcore dancehall beats. He was born to musically inclined parents Rupert & Sonia Cunningham, co-founder Ashanti & Bamboo Records (London based reggae labels), and in 2003 Cez returned to Jamaica to fulfill his vision of reggae soul. His first release ‘Sexyways’ on the Greensleeves Records compilation was put into rotation on BBC radio’s reggae & dancehall show in the UK . His lilting ballad ‘Take the Fall’ is now broadcast globally on BETJ.
Cezar has written for other artists such as Tami Chynn, Wayne Marshall and Machel Montano. His fan base continues to grow significantly thanks to having his videos in heavy rotation and performances and appearances at such events as Air Jamaica Jazz n Blues 06, RE High School Tour, Antigua Splash, Temptation Live, RE Unplugged, Negril Spring Break & CVMs Tha Party, Weekenz, Tuesday Nite Live at the Village Café and other local and international shows. Cezar has collaborated with popular producers such as legendary producer Tony Kelly, Steven “Gibbo” Gibbs, Renaissance, Flabba, Master Lee, Gee-Jam studio’s Alborosie, and Grammy nominated producer David Kennedy, with whom “Keep On” was recorded.
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual songwriting contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels, and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate.
ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry. This year’s judges included: Rock & Roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis, Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys, Darryl McDaniels founding member of Run DMC, grammy winning singer/songwriter Macy Gray , Monte Lipman president of Universal Records, Charlie Walk president of Epic Records, Tara Griggs-Magee Executive VP Gospel/Urban Music at Sony Records, Barbara Sedun VP Creative EMI Music Publishing, and Steve Lillywhite Sr VP A&R/Producer Columbia Records (credits include the Rolling Stones, U2, Morrissey, Phish, Peter Gabriel, and more), just to name a few.
The song “Keep On” and an interview with Cezar is now available with the current issue of Ragga Magazine (France) which distributed 40,000 copies of the promo CD with their magazine.
Contact: Julia Vaz Campbell 876-841-2986 (JA), 860-819-3558 (US)