Antigua & Barbuda’s 12-year-old “Boy Wonder” Jamol Gordon returned to the country to a VIP welcome at the VC Bird International Airport on Thursday.
Gordon, whose singing talent was spotted by US film producer D Channsin Berry, has just returned from recording several songs in Los Angeles.
His father Winston Gordon and his mentor Dr Noel Howell had accompanied Jamal.
The 12-year-old former Golden Grove primary student, who now attends the St. Joseph’s Academy, was invited by Berry to Los Angeles.
“I met Dr (Noel) Howell two years ago and he introduced me to D Channsin Berry, who is a film producer and songwriter and he said he wanted to work with me after he heard me sing and so I ended up going to Los Angeles and recording a few songs,” Gordon said.
Dr Noel Howell, who arranged for the visit said, “While he (D Channsin Berry) was here visiting earlier in the year, he had some down time and I told him about this little young guy who is wicked and he wanted to hear him sing.
“When we left, we left with the intention to go to LA and do two remixes – a Stevie Wonder and a Michael Jackson. Lo and behold we got there and everybody was so excited. We almost have 10 songs already,” Howell added.
Jamol said he recorded three songs done by Leon Sylvers and another five by Joshua Thompson.
Sylvers was a member of the family group “The Sylvers” in the 1970’s and has gone on to work with artists such as Shalamar, Gladys Knight and the Pips, the Whispers, and Guy.
Joshua Paul Thompson is a songwriter/producer who has worked with Joe, Luther Vandross, Baby Face and Alicia Keys and many others.
“Jamol was working every day. We didn’t go out there to work every day, but all Christmas Eve we were still recording. We just kept going and he was singing song after song after song,” Dr Howell said.
To top off the excitement for the 12-year-old, Jamol said during a trip to the mall, “I met Stevie Wonder at the mall and he invited me to his concert.”
Dr Howell said the recorded songs are now being mastered and prepared for release and he believes the 12-year-old might just be witnessing his singing career take off.
“He is signed to my record company I & I records but while we were over there, we were able to foster a management deal by Urban Writers which is owned by D Channsin Berry,” Dr Howell said.
“They are going to be doing his bookings, getting him on shows. They’re talking real big shows …”