by Len Brown
Christian Berishaj, otherwise known as JMSN (pronounced Jameson), isn’t your run-of-the-mill R&B artist. He renounced the clean-cut look for something more rustic, prefers the hands-on approach most shrug off and seemingly doesn’t compromise his musical aspirations for anyone or anything. Basically, he’s what this genre needs.
As an Albanian-American singer/songwriter hailing from Detroit and now calling Los Angeles his home, JMSN has been no stranger to the ups and downs of the industry. He took to making music at the ripe young age of 12 and enjoyed marginal success while signed to Atlantic Records with his band Love Arcade. Heck, he’s even had songs featured on various television shows and films (So You Think You Can Dance, Fired Up). Since then, he’s started his own imprint in 2012, White Room Records, where he debuted his inaugural album, Priscilla, which he wrote and produced himself. His efforts didn’t go unnoticed and even garnered praise from many within the industry, including R&B elder, Usher (who called JMSN his “favorite new act”).
Now, the calculating crooner is following up that ’12 debut with his self-titled Blue Album (available Dec. 9) and judging by his latest track “Addiction,” fans and newcomers alike will get an earful of his sultry sound that seems to encompass a wide range of emotions. Coupled with his alluring production prowess, JMSN might just become your favorite new act.