Born in Roaring River, St. Thomas, on the beautiful island of Jamaica,
I-Mara at birth, was given the name Courtney Mark Anthony Stewart.
Realizing his strength and true purpose in life, this Songwriter/Recording
Artiste adopted this new name I-Mara, which means Solid and Firm.
pursuits in life, I-Mara is ever conscious of the challenges that may face
him, consequently, his guiding words are, Let love and truth be the
foundation of your heart. This resilient brother has relied on his strong
spiritual awareness to direct the path of his career.
IMARA - [BIOGRAPHY 2005] I-Mara received his training at the Edna Manley College of the Visual &
Performing Arts (Music Department) specializing in Ear and Vocal techniques.
He recorded his first single in 1989; Iron Bars.
During a stint as the lead-singer of the roots Reggae group ABBASANI, I-Mara
toured Mexico in 1996, and released his first album with the group, entitled
Let I Go.
The group unfortunately broke up after returning home from
Mexico, and a devastated, I-Mara was forced to place his career on hold for
a while.weighing up all the options, as he contemplated on which direction
he should take.
After much personal deliberation, I-Mara decided to launch
his solo career, and released a single and a music video entitled. Don't
Fight Yourself. which received good rotation on both radio and television
locally. This was followed up by a remake of his first single. Iron Bars
and later by the single. Ten Feet Tall. which both also received good
I-Mara however went back into the studios and seriously
got down to business, where he worked painstakingly to complete his new
project; an album entitled Don't Take it Personal. on the Roots Rock
I-MARA DON'T TAKE IT SERIOUS
Punctuality, hard work and dedication are major elements of this talented
singer.s career. He also answers to the name. Haile Maskel, given to him
after his baptism in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, which means Power of the
Cross. This has further boosted I-Mara.s faith in the positive energy of
In addition to his tour of Mexico, I-Mara has made numerous personal
appearances locally, and is currently performing across the island of
Jamaica, promoting his new album.
i-mara: don't take it personal
a collection of hard hitting real authentic jamaican roots reggae