6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Chronixx

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One of the best new voices to come out of Jamaica in a long time, Chronixx is inescapable. His talents have taken him as far away as Kenya, and he made quite the splash when he was invited to perform on the popular Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The outspoken ‘Rasta yute’ is certainly poised to take over the world, along with his brethren in the ‘reggae revival’ movement, which also features Jesse Royal, Protoje and Kabaka Pyramid.

  1. Chronixx’s government name is Jamar Rolando McNaughton. His stage name used to be ‘Little Chronicle,’ playing on the name of his father, a musician who goes by the name Chronicle. The elder McNaughton recognised his son’s talent and nurtured him in an environment in which he could grow into whatever area of music he chose. Always accompanying him to the studio, Chronixx grew up around the likes of Burro Banton, Norris Man and the legendary Gregory Isaacs.
  2. He wrote his first song, Rice Grain, at the age of five.
  3. Chronixx used to be a choir director and worship leader, coached by Danny Browne. At that age he recorded his first song, a gospel number, which was never released. He used to perform background vocals for gospel artiste Jermaine Edwards.
  4. By the age of 16, he had begun producing and building rhythms for artistes such as Konshens and Munga Honorable. One of his popular rhythms was the Freezer rhythm for Icebox Records. Today he still produces, but for his own songs.
  5. In 2013, Chronixx and his Zincfence Redemption team were Jamaica’s only representation in Nairobi, where he performed as a Peace Ambassador ahead of Kenya’s general elections.
  6. The former St Catherine High School choir member was nominated for ‘Best New Artiste’ at the Kingston 10 Reggae Awards in Kenya in 2011.