- Jamal Edwards, a British music entrepreneur who championed UK rap and grime and helped artists like Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, and Stormzy launch their careers, has passed away.
A British music entrepreneur who championed UK rap and grime and helped singers such as Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, and Stormzy establish their careers, Jamal Edwards has died. He was 31 years old at the time.
Brenda Edwards, a broadcaster, claimed her son died the day before following a sudden illness. She added that the family was happy, “totally shattered. He was the epicenter of our universe.”
As a teenager in 2006, Edwards launched the internet music station SBTV. He began taping concerts by friends in his west London area since he couldn’t find the music he liked online. SBTV Today boasts over 1.2 million YouTube subscribers and has helped a generation of artists, including Stormzy, Skepta, and Dave, to gain national and international recognition.
Edwards later said, “It was a pain coming to school and everyone talking about ‘How can we get our films on MTV.” “YouTube was around a year old at the time. “I bought a camera for Christmas,” I said, “and I’m going to start filming individuals and posting it.”
“Everyone was gazing at me as if I could compete with these enormous firms.” But I feel I was ahead of my time in believing that I could make a difference.”
In 2014, Edwards was awarded an MBE by the Queen for music services, and he served as an ambassador for Prince Charles’ organization, the Prince’s Trust.
The Clarence House office of Prince Charles tweeted: “Today, I’m thinking of Jamal Edwards’ family. His work as a music artist, as well as his work as an ambassador for a new generation, including his work for The Prince’s Trust, inspired a lot of people.”
Edwards’ death came as a shock to the entertainment industry in the United Kingdom.
“It was with you that I had my very first interview. Greetings, Jamal. “Rita Ora took to Instagram to express her feelings. “Our endless discussions about music and your faith in myself and so many others before we even believed in ourselves. I’m heartbroken.”
Adam Deacon, an actor, said he was “heartbroken.”
“Jamal was one of the sweetest, most down-to-earth, and modest persons I’ve ever encountered in the business. Even when no one else would, he always made time for me. He was a true inspiration, and the things he accomplished in his life were genuinely exceptional.”
For example, Elliot Gleave, whose real name is a rapper and producer “I can’t believe you’re no longer among us. 31 years of age. I’m at a loss for words right now.”
Source: CTV News