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SYSK: Jontay Damar of Waterloo pursues singing career


27-year-old Jontay Damar spends his free time making music. He first started singing in church when he was about eight years old, but got more serious about music in high school.

Now, he's working on putting out an album.

He expects to have at least four songs available by the middle of September.

"Pop, R&B. Kind of like rugged old sound with a new school twist," said Jontay Damar.

The Waterloo West High graduate is working with producer Charles Means with the production company Beat Explode.

"A lot of soul vocally. Some of the tracks are going to be aggressive, pop-radio friendly," said Charles Means.

Jontay Damar's latest single is called "Try Anyway."

"Talking about relationship problems. Something that can relate to everybody," said Damar.

Damar said he's inspired by Michael Jackson and Luther Vandross.

He knows it won't be an easy road in the music industry, but he's up for the challenge.

"I know it takes a lot of hard work and dedication," he said.

Producer Charles Means thinks Jontay has many tools to help make him a success.

"Artists are creative, but they need a business sense. A lot of that boils down to listening, so he's a great listener. He can take information, consume it, process it and do what's best for him. And that's a skill set that shouldn't be overlooked," said Means.

Jontay Damar ultimate goal is to make it in the recording industry. You can learn more about him by clicking here.

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