Faces of 2013: Jimmy heartboxes his way in

2013-01-13 10:00

Just a few months ago a catchy song hit the airwaves and sent Jimmy Nevis from being a no-name to an internationally-signed local artist. Janine-lee Gordon speaks to the rising star and gets “heartboxed” herself.

Jimmy Nevis is a journalism student at the University of Cape Town.

He was born and raised in the city’s Athlone suburb.

Anyone who appreciates a good tune, a pure voice and quirky lyrics will see why this 20-year-old will take 2013 by storm.

A year ago, Nevis finally gave in to the pressure from his loved ones to make use of his God-given talent.

He had become despondent because he couldn’t break into the music industry.

He realised he had to change his mind-set and take the bull by the horns.

So he sent out his first pop single, Elephant Shoes, to local radio stations last March.

It took KFM just a week to playlist the song and, a month later, national radio station 5FM started playing it – his life immediately took a new direction.

Within weeks, Nevis was signed to a record label and then came his debut album, Subliminal.

By the end of last year, Nevis announced a major licensing deal with Ultra Records in the US (David Guetta is also signed to the label) and his current hit, Heartboxing, is set for release there within the next month. He will also be released in Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland.

He says he is inspired by jazz-pop singer Jamie Cullum and by the success of local bands like Mi Casa.

“I love how pure and raw Jamie Cullum’s music is and I try to incorporate that honesty factor in everything,” he says.

“Even with Heartboxing, I was writing an essay about how drugs impact the music industry and the idea just popped. So it’s a play on words about getting high?.?.?.?”

About the year ahead, Nevis explains that his next single, In Love With You, has already hit the airwaves.

“It’s a self-explanatory song. I wanted one (song) just for the audience that they could sing along to and we don’t have to talk about anything else.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.