D'Yani rising to the top
As 2015 draws to a close, fast-rising reggae artiste D'Yani will continue to lay his musical foundation by providing the world with refreshing sounds that are sure to be timeless with tracks 'Sad Story' and 'Give Away My Love'.
The artiste, whose real name is André Chavanie McCormack, hails from Kingston, Jamaica. His works have so far brought him into the public eye as being an artiste who produces stimulating reggae music with a touch of dancehall and soul.
""I have a different tone than other people. I'm not comparable to anyone else. I wasn't musically trained. I did piano, but it's straight, natural talent," said D'Yani, noting that he started doing music at 17 years old.
D'Yani, a proud alumni of the Wolmer's Boys' School, tapped into and started to hone his musical talents at the institution when he was introduced to the industry by a trusted friend, who encouraged him to attend studio sessions.
That was the point at which his one-time hobby became a full-time career. D'Yani spared no time in seeking to improve his craft by writing, performing and engaging in industry research while developing his personal brand.
Although he was fully involved in music, school was still a focus for D'Yani, who graduated from the Caribbean Maritime Institute.
And now that school is out of the way, he says music is his ultimate focus.
"I was thinking about doing a nine-to-five, but I saw that it's (music) viable and nothing tried, nothing done," he said. "Having my degree was most important because, living in a single-parent household, my mom was heavily focused on education."
Following some networking in his own social circle, D'Yani made headway into the music industry, eventually joining forces with his current manager, Shantell Hill.
"People were really my main encouragement. Even my mother didn't know I could sing. When I realised and put the effort into it, I realised I was really good," he said. "I knew that I was talented, but I didn't know just how much."
The reggae singer hopes to one day work with artistes such as Buju Banton, Tarrus Riley and Assassin.
D'Yani has performed at various events, concerts and festivals locally and will be actively promoting his new singles.
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