Queen Gee Interviews Reggae Artiste Mortimer

Photography by Chance Nkosi Gomez

Singer Mortimer is grateful for the love and support he has been receiving for his new single “Careful” from fans and the media since its release on October 19, 2018. Queen Gee caught up with the artiste to learn about his musical background and his latest production.

The Interview:

Queen Gee: Tell us about your music background and history?

Mortimer: I’ve been trodding this musical journey for about 7 years officially. Growing up I was apart of both my school and church choir. I also had my own acapella boys group. My mother sings and my father was, and still is, a fine artist who paints really well and also writes. After a while, I became interested in more secular music which didn’t sit too well with my parents as they were fanatical seventh day Adventists. And as I got older I started to question my place in the church and my overall spirituality…I started to feel very disconnected from what was being forced upon me. The more I felt disconnected from their way was the more my heart and soul cried out for something to connect to. There stared my journey to self-discovery and Rastafari. I started to see myself more as Jah temple than a building I grew to realize was a social and status ground where everyone was never equal…where the rich were only friends with rich and would pay the poor little or no mind…where they’d play God and publicly read members out of the church for mistakes they made as human beings… It just started to feel very wrong to me. I started to delve more into my music mainly to drown out the constant noise in my home. To drown the lonely feeling I had to bear as a result of my spiritual decisions, like leaving the church once and for all. My life became very eye opening after that, my parents no longer thought I was worthy to be called son and my family all thought I had lost it mentally. As my natty grew the questions of whether or not I was okay upstairs kept rolling in like boulders. And through it all, music has stood by my side and is still healing my heart and soul to this day. I feel like I have a responsibility to help to transform the hearts and minds of men for only through the renewing of man’s mind will he be transformed and what better way get into someone’s heart than through music. Jah has a work for me to do and I can feel it. I’ve faced many tests which sometimes feel like preparation to me for the work I must do. I’m currently working with Overstand Entertainment, which is Winta James’ label. I’ve been working with Winta James now for about 3 years and so far it’s been a great experience. I’ve had the opportunity to feature on two of Protoje’s albums with the songs Protection and Truths & Rights, which were produced by Winta, and we recently released a new single called “Careful”, which we co-produced. I’m just growing as I go. Jah music is food for the soul. And I want to use the gift Jah has given me to uplift as much as possible.


Queen Gee: Do you specialize in a particular musical genre?

Mortimer: Roots reggae, however I experiment from time to time with other musical genres and influenced by many different sounds.


Queen Gee: What motivates your brand of music?

Mortimer: I am not sure I have a particular brand of music. I just do music from my heart and I am motivated by my experiences and everyday life and the experiences of others around me.


Queen Gee: Who are your biggest influences?

Mortimer: I’ve been influenced by a few people I consider great like Bobby Womack, Stephen Marley, Michael Prophet, Donny Hathaway, Bob Marley, John Legend…haha … I could go on and on, but these people also brought me through times of heavy low. I appreciate their artistry and passion.


Queen Gee: Who does your music target?

Mortimer: Anyone with a heart and soul.


Queen Gee: Tell us about your latest project.

Mortimer: My latest project is a track called “Careful” we just released as a single, produced by myself and Winta James…it’s a personal track, speaking on some of my own experiences. I’ve been through a lot. Rejection, betrayal etc., my heart has been bruised many times and there have been times I felt like my soul was struggling to remain joyous. I’ve been hurt by family and people I thought were friends. “Careful” is a warning to all humanity to guard your heart and soul and be careful of who you let in. The single is available now across all platforms and we also released a music video for it, which is on YouTube.


Queen Gee: What feedback are you receiving from the promotion of your latest project?

Mortimer: The feedback has been great and for that I’m extremely grateful. A lot of DJ’s and media personalities have reached out to say they feeling it… the fans are showing so much love for it. It’s a joy.


Queen Gee: Where online is your music available for streaming and purchase?

Mortimer: My music is available on all digital platforms – iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, YouTube, etc. All the links are on my website at Careful.MortimerOfficial.com.


Queen Gee: ​​​​​​​​​​Are there any plans for upcoming concerts/tours?

Mortimer: No immediate dates currently, but I’m hopeful that all will happen when Jah says its time.


Queen Gee: Who would you like to shout out for supporting your music career?

Mortimer: There are quite a few persons deserving of a shout out. Big up Winta Freshness and Claire Osman for standing by my side, and facilitating my creativity, and for believing in me 100%. Big up Elton Brown aka Elly B, my sister Marianna McPherson, Shavon Matthews, my aunt Dolsie Allen, Evett Baker, man like Shaydz and Teflon from Zinc Fence Records and last but certainly not least, my wife… for being a constant source of encouragement, comfort and support.


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