by Howard Campbell
[SOUTH FLORIDA] – The Paddington Terrace neighborhood in Kingston where Joanna Espeut grew up is a snapshot of Jamaican society. Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga and University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor Rex Nettleford were among the upper class.
Known in South Florida entertainment circles as Joanna Marie, she said there was another side to her old playground.
âThe community was both privileged and disadvantagedâ¦ It was a normal way of life where you experience the good and the bad, every day,â she revealed.
Jeanne-Marie has been a singer and publicist for over 30 years. She has worked on some of South Florida’s best events and is a co-owner of Reggae Global Radio.
The Espeut family is of French origin and has been present in Jamaica since 1798. They have played a major role in the country’s commercial sector.
One of his cousins, Peter Espeut, is one of Jamaica’s leading environmentalists. Suzanne Couch, another cousin, was a respected singer and businesswoman.
Music entered his pre-teen life.
âI went to Holy Childhood (main Catholic high school) which was very progressive, especially with reggae musicâ¦ I played with various groups. A huge learning experience was having the opportunity to play with various popular bandsâ¦ Ainsley Morris, Pluto Shervington and Dennis Brown to name a few, ârecalls Joanna Marie.
Influenced by Third World, Carlene Davis and Sade, her recording career began in 1986 after moving to South Florida. Single girl, produced by influential disc jockey Clint O’Neil, was his first song.
Joanna Marie’s only album, Simply irresistible, was released in 1999.
âMy involvement in music can be described as a double involvementâ¦ because I am also involved in music and the music industryâ¦ I am above all a musician, singer-songwriter, producer, also involved in music. branding, marketing and promotion of artists. ” she said.