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Musicians Hope for big break in 2018
When Gonna Be Music launched in 2015, the Miami-based record label’s goal was to put out
some of the hottest electronica and dance music by local artists.
Two of the label’s lead singers were already known in the underground Miami music scene, bringing a large LGBT following
with them: Michael M, the CEO of Gonna Be Music, and “Tough Love Miami” reality star JEI each had released music through 4
Tune / O Beat Entertainment.
The label’s third artist, DROZE, was relatively unknown musically. But that has certainly changed in the last three years, as
his collaboration with Danny G Italy on the “No Stop” EP and his own EP “The Droze Project” have become Gonna Be Music’s
biggest downloads and chart-toppers.
With no signs of stopping, 2018 looks to be a promising year for this Gonna Be “trinity.”
gay ally Jei working on a secret Music proJect for 2018
Former “Tough Love Miami” reality star says LGBT community has been supportive of her
part of her high school chorus and drama club, eventually
being featured in a “Miami Herald” article about local
musical talent and interviewed by other local magazines.
These publications opened several opportunities for JEI.
She auditioned and performed on “MTV’s Spring Break”
and “American Idol” in 2003.
At this same time, JEI was introduced to the
underground house music scene in Miami in clubs like
Space. It was there that she met Edgar V, Oscar G, Ralph
Falcon, Charlie Solana and Sammy O. From then on, Castro
performed in the top clubs with Hot Jam Entertainment,
developing her style and craft. This eventually led her to
record ‘’Amame’’ with Ralph Falcon, Intruder and Murk
on Nervous Records. The single was released on vinyl
format in May 2011 to commemorate the record label’s
20th anniversary and garnered JEI a nomination for Best
House/Garage/Deep House track at the International
Dance Music Awards.
JEI went on to join the cast of the reality show, “Tough
Love Miami,” on Vh-1, which debuted to more than 1
million viewers on October 2011. From there, her solo
single, “Show me the Money,” produced by Giuseppe D
on Spy Music Group, was released on iTunes and she put
out her first solo album, the self-titled “JEI,” on O-Beat
Entertainment in the spring of 2014, featuring songs co-
written by JEI, Oba Frank Lords and Michael M.
SFGN caught up with JEI as she is working on a new project for
2018. Here’s what she had to say:
Your preferred genre of music to perform is dance music. Have you always
been interested in the same genre of music?
Always since the first time I fell in love with dance
music with Robert Miles’ ‘Children’ in 1994. I was 14 years
old and I played that CD until it scratched.
How did you get involved with Michael M and his label? What do you feel
he has contributed to your career?
I chose Michael. Michael made it happen for me. After I
recorded ‘Amame,’ Michael told me about the ‘Tough Love
Miami’ auditions. A friend of his, Tony Miros, was doing
the casting. I aced it and got it. From there, he hooked
me up with Giuseppe D and we recorded ‘Show Me the
Money.’ After that, Oba Frank Lords....we would later
record my album and other various projects.
You have a big gay following and are a big supporter and ally to our
community. Why is that important to you?
It’s important for me to have fans and followers. That’s
what’s it’s all about and what gives me the energy to go on.
As far as the gay community, they have always been there
and helped me embrace my inner drag queen, you can say.
They are my first fans and followers. If it wasn’t for the
LGBT community, I wouldn’t be anyone.
What do you next have coming up musically?
I’m currently working on a secret project for 2018. Stay
Influenced by the sounds of the South Beach Club scene
of the early 1990s, Jane Castro, better known to her fans as
JEI, blames Madonna of all people for wanting to pursue a
career in the music industry.
“Madonna happened for me at the age of 10. It’s all her
fault,” she said.
Born in Miami to working class Cuban immigrant
parents, JEI was bitten by the singing bug much earlier
than that at age 5. After performing in front of a large
crowd at a school event, she received her first standing
ovation and her parents decided to nourish her artistic
talents with singing and piano lessons.
JEI continued performing in her teen years as an active
For more information on JEI, visit www.missjei.com. For more information on Gonna Be Music, visit www.
gonnabemusic.com or listen to music on www.soundcloud.com/gonnabemusic
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