J.C. (June) Lodge
@ the Indigo 02
23 September 2011
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British born to a Jamaican father and English mother, J.C. Lodge
was taken to Jamaica as a child. There, the Beatles’ fan soon
became immersed in R&B and reggae, and sang along to everything
She was encouraged to perform in her high school concerts by classmates,
and enjoyed doing so, but felt her career lay either in art or drama.
A relationship with Errol O’Meally toward the end of high
school, however, led her further along the music path.
O’Meally was a budding songwriter, and used her voice to present
some of his material to Joe Gibbs’ Recording Studio. Both
the songs and the singer were well received, and Lodge. was asked
to cover “Someone Loves You, Honey” in 1980. The reggae-country
and western tune topped the Jamaican charts worldwide, and earned
the singer gold and platinum discs in the Netherlands. Such success
convinced Lodge that music should be her main direction.
Nine albums followed, consisting mostly of reggae, but some with
R&B and pop material, too, usually written by O’Meally
or J.C. Lodge’s Producers like Joe Gibbs, Willie Lindo, Gussie
Clarke, Errol O’Meally and Neal Fraser (a.k.a. Mad Professor),
created product which garnered for Lodge several hits and prestigious
awards across the world.
“Telephone Love,” recorded for Clarke in 1988, was the
first dance hall reggae track to cross over in the R&B and hip-hop
markets in the United States, topping the urban charts in New York
and other cities. This led to an album deal with hip-hop label Tommy
Boy Records and the Tropic of love album featuring the hit R&B
single “Home is where the hurt is”.
With O’Meally’s influence and the creative opportunities
of so many albums, Lodge’s songwriting skill was unearthed
and polished. Several Jamaican artistes have sung her original compositions,
and she continues to work toward having overseas artistes do likewise.
Her varied influences are expressed in both her writing and performances,
and she is comfortable in several genres, whether it be reggae,
jazz, pop, R&B or country and western.
The birth of her daughter Gia in 1994 has inspired 3 children’s
educational albums. The popularity of these drew the interest of
Jamaica’s national television station – TVJ, who asked
Lodge and her manager/producer/husband – Errol O’Meally
to produce a 13 part children’s television series entitled
‘Sing ‘n Learn’.
Through her singing, writing, acting and artwork, J.C Lodge. shares
herself with her many fans, and continues to provide pleasing and
positive entertainment wherever she goes.
Throughout the 90’s JC Lodge consolidated her presence internationally,
as far afield as Japan where she has toured numerous times enjoying
great popularity. Presently she has relocated to the UK since late
2001 to further her career in Europe and has just released her debut
album for top UK reggae label Jetstar Records, “Reggae Country”
with the lead single being “single and female”.
The turnaround of 2004-2005 say the follow-up release from Jetstar
“Reggae Country 2” featuring more covers of firm contemporary
country favourites, with a reggae flavour, plus some of Lodge’s
originals in the same vein.
For 2007 Lodge’s long-awaited new album of originals, entitled
“Passionfruit”, will feature bang up-to-date rhythms,
underpinned by dancehall, but with a touch of Brazilian, Asian and
hip-hop influences blended to enhance her crossover vocals.