By Karena Bennett——
BALANCING three different professions would perhaps prove to be an impossible task for most young people, but Patrick ‘DeBrandish’ Whyte has decided to take on that challenge. The artist describes himself in just one word — multi-talented.
“Versatility is my policy. I’m a police officer, footballer, and a recording artist in all genres of music but I’m yet to find [out] where my heart leads me,” the 22-year-old singjay told the Jamaica Observer.
DeBRANDISH… encouraged by the positive feedback (Photo: Antonio Graham)
Whyte started his musical journey at age 14 by joining the choir of the Full Truth Church of God Deliverance Centre in St Catherine.
After years of honing his musical skills, Whyte is now confident of his future in music and has embarked on a series of initiatives to test his readiness, some of which includes the popular Tastee Talent Trail and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Festival. “In 2002, I entered the JCDC Gospel Festival but didn’t get too far. I didn’t want to give up music, so I did more songs and just started to follow my dream,” he said.
Despite the many setbacks, a turning point came for Whyte in November 2011 with the release of his first single, entitled Apple of My Eye, which was produced by Stunna Flames on Fire Zone Records.
The up-and-coming artist then went on to record songs such as Money Hustler and Deceitful, also produced on the Fire Zone Records.
The Calabar High School graduate, who regards dancehall music as his motivation, is adamant that he will produce lyrics aimed at bringing a different ‘vibes’ to the industry.
“My music is telling the youths that they should be go-getters, that they should work hard and stay focused towards their goals,” he said.
Whyte, who hails from a Windsor Heights, Central Village address, admits that he patterns his favourite dancehall artist Sizzla.
Encouraged by the positive feedback from his first single, the emerging artist is now prepared to work even harder to balance his life as a police officer with his musical career.
“Right now the job [as a policeman] is what finances the music so in time to come I will see how well the music does,” said Whyte.
Come August, Whyte also plans to release a song in celebration of Jamaica 50th Independence entitled Life is for Living and is hoping that this composition will be played during the Olympic season.
Another one of his solo project to look out for is Ready Fi Party, also scheduled for summer.