Jah Mikes Biography
Michael Andrew Larmond, aka. Jah Mikes, was born In the cool hills of Mandeville, Manchester to parents Shirley and Cynthia Larmond . The sixth of eight siblings, he was raised in the quiet district of Content, Williamsfield.
His academia in his early years began at Bellefield Primary where he was successful in the then Common Entrance and went on to Bellefield High. He later transferred to Holmwood Technical where he studied the Arts. Always having an interest in that arena, he grew to recognize his passion for drama and began to actively portray his talent in the areas of acting and poetry composition.
Encouraged by one of his friends and upcoming artist, Slobo, he began to realize that behind his love for music, he also had the gift to write thought-provoking, witty and inspirational lyrics using his ear for music to arrange his songs in a versatile and expressive manner.
With vocals compared to that of his mentor and inspiration Bounty Killer, he honed his performing experiences gracing the stages in Grand Cayman, where he once resided; Heineken Startime; Mega Mart Customer Appreciation; South Florida, and more recently in St. Ann at a Birthday bash for Ninja Man, among other local venues. He has enjoyed the privilege of sharing stage with some of the icons in the industry such as his idol Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Beres Hammond, Morgan Heritage, Capleton, and Ninja Man to name a few.
His music has grown through hard work, dedication and an endless passion for his craft to transcend to the next stage of achieving the sought after feat of local Radio air play. Songs such as, I Am Stressed, Rich and Wothless, Idiat Song, In this Life; Bus and Taxi man; The Gal Couldn’t Lose Offa Me, Gotta Make the Money, and a few tribute songs on overseas airwaves.
In his words, he has expressed his challenges and ongoing drive to continue in an industry that is one of the hardest to break into:
“Success in the Music Industry most often is only recognized when one has achieved International status, numerous accolades and popularity. For me, success is surpassing each goal I have set for out for myself while enjoying the passion for the gift that God has blessed me with and being able to share and connect with people in an inspiring and spiritual level. Along my journey, I have garnered the skills of patience, art professionalism, and humility in the hopes of achieving lasting success in the industry”
The future’s long forefinger beckons Jah Mikes. Amidst the desert heat of what constitutes as modern Jamaican music, here comes Jah Mikes as the musically refreshing condensation morphing into precipitation as the rapid fire rain pitter pattering on the zinc roof top of your consciousness. It’s in our moment to moment that we define ourselves and Jah Mikes is soaring to the skies. He is knocking at the door and it is getting louder and louder before he comes crashing through.
The songs are a coming, the CDs are a spinning! Here’s Jah Mikes on the musical center stage.