He is only 27 years old, but already JABALANCE — the conscious youth from the hills of St. Ann — has made a name for himself as a promising newcomer to the roots & culture genre of reggae. With a new 14-track album to follow his single release on the More Life Productions label JABALANCE has been mashing up the scene with smash performances at shows and clubs across Jamaica. Born Lance Dehaney, January 10, 1985 in Port Antonio, he moved with his parents to St. Ann, where he attended Marcus Garvey Tech High School. The family home moved to Savannah-La-Mar, and he attended Savannah-La-Mar High school.
It was there that his love of music began, at around age 14. JABALANCE says he and his friends would ‘beat desk’, making rhythmic beats on their school desks over which they would rap lyrics. These informal sessions were held during lunch hours for a growing group of enthusiastic school friends, but sometimes when their popularity with fans cased performances that extended into school time, JABALANCE would often be taken out of class as punishment.
At the encouragement of his student fans, JABALANCE performed at school concerts and fair days, gaining more experience and popularity. His first big break came at the 1999 Bling Dawg Summer Hype, held in Portland. JABALANCE, then only 16, was backstage when Fancy Cat recognized him, knew his talent and invited him to come on stage. “At first, the response was slow,” says JABALANCE of that moment, “but as the song continued, the response grew until by the end I knew I had done OK and Fancy Cat could feel good about calling me up.”
For JABALANCE, the show he enjoyed most and on which he made the greatest impact of his career was Spectrum 2005 at the University of the West Indies Students Union, when the students gave him roaring ovation. Another show he was proud to perform at was the Royal African Celebration of Love, held February 2007, at which Sizzla Kalonji was the featured entertainer. He has also performed on Western Consciousness, regularly appears on shows and at clubs held in St. Ann and Portland, and recently performed on the IRIE-FM island-wide School Tour.
JABALANCE is a member of the alliance of St. Ann-based artists known as “The Marcus Movement”, a group that have pledged a unity to record and promote the works of artists based in St. Ann and inspired by St. Ann-born National Hero Marcus Garvey.
He credits More Life Productions Producer/ Mix Engineer, NattyMegs for having enough faith in him to have produced Jabalance’s debut album and current single "Quarter Pound A Collie", as well as being grateful for the support of his friends and fellow artists at Cutstone Studio in St. Ann's Bay.
With the album release and performance tours taking his career to another level, JABALANCE is an artist to lookout for.