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Jalen McMillan (born December 24,1994) is an American record producer, recording artist, songwriter and actor. Jalen has very high octane vocals and is known for his ferociously hard pounding production and flamboyant stage presence. His contributions to popular music, fashion along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure. With a very diverse subject matter, Jalen is able to create universal mass appeal for the older and younger generation of music lovers.
Born in the small town of Peekskill Ney York, Jalen was the first born to a African American-Jewish infused family. Jalen developed an interest in music at an early age, writing his first song in the shower at age 9. Throughout his teenage years he would partake in singing at weddings and performing for his Church, often called young genius or יונג געניאָוס ( Yiddish ). At age 14 Jalen tried out for his Middle School's talent show. Upon taking the stage, Jalen began crying and ran off the stage. After taking a class in 10th grade at his local high school, Jalen learned the art of producing and composing a song. He also began taking guitar and saxohone lessons around this time also. During the 2013 school year, Jalen enrolled in his school's "Black History Show" later being voted the host and a musical act. Jalen sampled a beat from YouTube and along with three friends created a Hip-hop song with 4 verses, one per person. The show was presented to an audience of approximately 4,000 students. It is best remembered by Jalen's flamboyant and commanding stage presence often said to "Automatically catch the eye". Multiple recordings were took for the performance. The popularity of these videos helped to bring the then-relatively-new school to fame.
After several successful demos’ Jalen decided to sell his productions to local Miami artists. His first fully produced mixtape featuring several artists from Miami was released mid 2012, entitled " Swag Godz ". The then 17 year old Jalen used over 3500 different synthesizers and drum machines to fully complete the project. Several other mixtapes were released but failed to gain mass attention. Being a perfectionist, Jalen was very unsatisfied with the quality and result of the recordings. Jalen decided to record his own vocals on his production, following the footsteps of his favorite artist Prince. On March 2013 he recorded his first hit single " Tonight " at a popular local Miami studio. After releasing the single on his Youtube and Soundcloud page to extremely positive feedback, he decided to continue along his music career.
His second single "Like You" released on July 2013 Jalen gained an even wider audience and fan base along with his first official music video uploaded to his YouTube channel. The single is written and produced entirely by Jalen himself. Recorded at the EOS studios " Like You" was written after Jalen experienced a terrible heartbreak by his then girlfriend. After "Like You" was released Jalen was voted a "heatseeker" on the very popular website AllHipHop.com. Gaining thousands of views overnight he was landed on the front page above other top artists such as Drake and Justin Beiber.
Following the success of "Like You" Jalen decided to release his next single "Instagram" on his YouTube channel. Accompanied with a Music Video shot by Roberto Mario "Instagram" was shot in West Perrine Florida over the course of several days mid July 2013. "Instagram" was a global instant success showcasing Jalen's signature production and fast rhyming abilities. Recorded at the EOS studios in Miami Florida, Instagram was written and recorded the same day. Despite the positive reviews, Instagram failed to chart.
Jalen's voice is "unique and powerfully intriguing" according to multiple online publications. Jalen's music has been compared to artists such as Drake,TheWeeknd and Kanye West. Influenced by rock, R&B, soul, funk, hip hop, blues, new wave, electronica, disco, psychedelia, folk, jazz, and pop. His artistic influences include Prince, Parliament-Funkadelic, Kanye West, the Beatles, Miles Davis, Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, the Isley Brothers,Drake,Lil Wayne, Curtis Mayfield, and Stevie Wonder.