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About Jonathan Emile

Montreal, Canada

The Lover/Fighter Document

There’s nothing new under the sun? This stunning 24-year-old, Jamaican-Canadian artist known as Jonathan Emile (“Jon E”), forces listeners to question the true meaning of this ancient proverb. Boldly making waves with lyrical songs including “Babylon Is Falling”, “Lover/Fighter” & “Everything You Want”, Emile pushes levels of musical and intellectual awareness while baring his soul on stage & with records. By sharing his experience of battling cancer, he strikingly addresses current affairs and explores the limitless dimensions of humanity. Covering styles of hip-hop, r&b, neo-soul and reggae, with “The Lover/Fighter Document EP”, Jonathan Emile offers an honest gaze on reality without sacrificing the ‘hype noise’ that the new generation craves. The music is danceable yet reflective, fresh yet inline with the legacy of soul music. The Montreal-based poet-composer-performer offers a new way of listening and living through the company he founded -- based on the elements of mind, peace and love. Mindpeacelove Enterprises is a hub that encompasses Mindpeacelove Records, Mindpeacelove Design (graphics, web design, etc.), and Mindpeacelove Clothing - all of which are driven by the ethos of balance in knowledge, harmony and passion. Jonathan is responsible for producing for artists such as Sonia Soul, Jayremy, Debatista, Fredy V & Preach Ankobia. He is also a respected member of both the Franco Proietti Morph-tet & The Kalmunity Vibe Collective.

Born and raised in LaSalle, on the island of Montreal, Jonathan Emile began rapping at the age of 14 with actor Omari Newton (formerly of Kobayashi Jazz) and was mentored by Poet-Trumpeter Jason “Blackbird” Selman at the Black Theater Workshop. Emile went on to receive various community awards including the Gloria A. Mitchell-Aleong award for artistic achievement.

At the age of 18, Jonathan was diagnosed with cancer. For two years he
underwent intense chemotherapy and treatment to fight the disease. During this period, Jonathan used music as his personal therapy and continued to develop as an artist. Prior to and during his illness, which is now in remission, Jonathan Emile used his music and Mindpeacelove philosophy as a method of expression. During treatment Jonathan founded his company, refined his craft and began making his name known while performing alongside J-Remy in a group known as Île City.

Jonathan Emile’s devotion to hip-hop and creation spawns from his ideology and quest for knowledge. It’s almost as if he does not see himself as a hip-hop artist, but as a liberal thinker with a knack for rhythm & rhyme. “My life and art are not a style. They are a philosophy,” Emile explains. “ I try to live by ‘mind’, ‘peace’ and ‘love’ in everything that I do.” The depth and relevance of his lyrics are only paralleled by his presence, understanding of ‘now music’ and his youthful energy. These are some of the fundamental ideas on his upcoming album entitled “The Lover/Fighter Document LP” (the full album).

Emile’s focus and drive were amplified by what occurred in his life. The time spent in the hospital allowed him to truly test his personal philosophy and branch out with creativity. Jonathan has just begun to make his name known in the national and international scene performing in Europe and Canada. At home in Montreal, he has quickly become a respected emerging artist collaborating closely with Denis Brott, the Kalmunity Vibe Collective and the Franco Proietti Morph-tet. His company is developing new talent which currently includes: Jonathan Emile, Sonia Soul, Preach Ankobia, Debatista,
Jayremy and Île City.



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