OMI’s “Cheerleader” Vies For Top Billboard Music Awards

Photo Credit: Jamaica Observer.
Photo Credit: Jamaica Observer.

Omar Samuel Pasley, better known by his stage name Omi, is a newly minted Jamaican international superstar.

He is best known for his worldwide hit song “Cheerleader”, which garnered global support after a remixed version by German DJ Felix Jaehn.

The Jamaican born superstar picked up two nominations for the recently announced Billboard Music Awards.

The smash dance song has notched more than 90 million Spotify streams, topping iTunes in 14 territories, including Germany, Australia, Sweden and others (Top 10 in nearly 30 other markets).

Released in 2012, a cleverly understated remix by German DJ/Producer Felix Jaehn helped power the global momentum building around the infectious track.

The affable singer/songwriter, who hails from the parish of Clarendon, has reportedly said art and music have always been part of his DNA.

“My father did both. He passed away when I was 9, but imprinted on me the lessons and tools for a lifetime,” he said.

“I think it was genetically encrypted. I started writing music when I was 14, always interested in words. The poetry side of the music artist fascinated me,” he added.

He took the international scene by storm when his 2012 hit single Cheerleader was re-released for the international market.

Cheerleader has been nominated for the Top Selling Song of 2015.

It will go up against Adele’s Hello, Wiz Khalifa’s See You AgainThe Hills by The Weeknd and Fight Song by Rachel Platten.

OMI will also challenge Fetty Wap, Charlie Puth, Silento and Bryson Tiller for the Top New Artist Award.

Ludacris and Ciara will host the 2016 Billboard Music Awards on May 22.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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