Jus D's Manager is hot in the fetes and in the Bashment Soca Final mix
2017 was warm-up time and 2018 will be full throttle says singer, songwriter, producer Jus D.
No stranger to the entertainment scene, Antonio "Jus D" Johnson has had his fair share of writing and producing for artists behind the scenes for quite a few years but now he's fully in the spotlight and foreground.
Having wrote and produced songs for Allison Hinds (Mr Sweetwine), Hypasounds (Closer), Statement (One More Night), Machel Montano (Rough Wine), Samantha J (Your Body), Ricardo Drue (Wifi), i-Octane (Love and Life Album) and Shaggy in recent years, the multi-talented artist decided to turn it up a notch last year when he released his own hit single 9 (Na Na Ni).
This propelled him to perform at some of the major events in Barbados such as Gimmie Soca, Soca On The Hill, UV and One Love. And after Crop Over 2017, his track and performances also created opportunities for him to perform in Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Washington DC, Miami and Rochester, to name a few.
"I am still surprised at how much it has done for me! I've been blessed to go places I haven't been before and meet new people and it's still growing daily.
"I feel blessed and I know it's just the beginning," he said while smiling as he looked back on how his career took to off to the next level following 9's release.
Recently, he released the official video for 9 on Youtube, and in two short weeks, it has amassed over 25,000 views.
This year, however, is not just about him. He also wrote for Fadda Fox (Rock That Body), King Bubba (Juice), Ricardo Drue (I Got You) and Teddyson John (Living It Up) so far for 2018 too.
As it relates to his own singles, Jus D released four for Crop Over 2018 - Manager, Only Thing She Know, Hole and a collaboration on the Party Life Riddim with Faith Callender called Sugar.
His lyrics are already on the tip of the tongues of many soca lovers and his popular single "Manager" has landed him a spot in the inaugural International Bashment Soca Competition semi-finals and final-12.
When LOOP caught up with him ahead of the Final-12 announcement, he said, "I think I have a pretty good chance in making it to the finals. From going out and performing the song, people are actually responding really good to it."
And now that he's in, he's sure to put in more hard work as he goes up against the best in Barbados and from within the region for the $80 000 prize money.
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