Jonathan Anthony Burkett

Jonathan’s Childhood

Jonathan Anthony Burkett was born in 1987. He is a bright writer inspired by many, as he continues to struggle in life. Devoted for achievement in his lifetime, he is willing to take any test. He told himself, that he would never give up no matter the trials and tribulations. He decided to write to help him move towards a bright future for himself; and because he knows that s what his Grandparents want for him.

Jonathan Burkett is the ultimate survivor. Homeless at the age of 14, abandoned by his parents, and afflicted by a brain aneurysm, he has an intimate relationship with adversity. This pain and a will to endure shine through in his inspirational brand of hip-hop soul music.

“I do this and make the kind of inspirational music I make because of the upsetting childhood I’ve gone through. Music helps me to feel good and feel thankful for just life itself,” he said.

He told himself that he would never give up no matter the trials and tribulations. Knowing what his grandparents wanted for him, Jonathan decided to write to help him move toward a bright future for himself.

He returns to Jamaica periodically now, more often to give back to his community and to impoverished schools in the inner city.

“I give back to kids mostly because I feel your childhood inspires you to become the person that you could be. It took me a while in my adult life to get over all the things I’ve been through, but I’ve made it through … thanks to God, my Lord and Saviour,” he said.

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