The soul-pop singer travels from the shores of Grenada to Nashville’s Lower Broadway
Not too long ago, Jeverson sat on a beach in his native Grenada dreaming of finding a way to break into the music business. As he did, he found a rhythm, kicking his legs and stomping the sand.
Today, he says the same beat is at the heart of “Move,” the opening track from his self-titled debut EP. With retro-funk panache and alternately soft and gritty vocals (resembling both members of Silk Sonic at once), it’s a warm introduction to one of Nashville’s coolest new musical residents.
Jeverson moved to Music City in early 2022 and collaborated with writers and producers in Nashville and beyond to create these songs. On Monday, he is part of the city’s official 4th of July celebration, performing at the “Amazon Family Fun Zone” at the Walk of Fame Park at 4 p.m.
“It was quite an adjustment,” the singer-songwriter says of his move to town. He recalls his first trip to Lower Broadway, which was “truly inspiring”.
“There was music everywhere on either side of the road. And I thought, ‘I could do it. If so, music every day all day? I can do it.'”
So how did he make the leap from the Caribbean to the capital of country music? The most crucial step, oddly, was to stay on that beach in Granada – and let the industry come to him.
Three years ago, he was singing in a popular cover band on the beach, playing for a mixed crowd of locals and tourists. A live video went to Nashville writer/producer/executive Russ Zavitson, who came to Granada to offer to help Jeverson write his own songs.
The COVID lockdowns in Grenada led him to cross paths with New York co-writer Nicholas Tesoriero, who recognized him from his cover gigs. The couple wrote “Move” as well as “Somethin’ In The Water,” a thrilling R&B jam that’s in part an ode to their homeland: “I’m not looking, because it’s not hard to find a love sacred, old as time / There must be something in the water.
Working with six additional writers and producers for the project, Jeverson shows great versatility on his first EP, between the princely future-funk of “Count On Me”, the laid-back reggae (“Take It Slow”) and pop. inspired by Motown (“Stupide amour fou”). After spending years learning songs from all genres and eras for his beach gig, it seems like he quickly fell in love with writing his own material.
“I love that I can wake up at 2 a.m. with a line, and two or three weeks later I have a full song that I’m happy with.”
After his concert on the 4th, Jeverson will hit the road with the Baha Men next month for a tour of the northeast. He hopes to release another project early next year, and his audience in Nashville will hear one of his potential tracks: “Make Money.”
“I think I’ll make it my anthem very soon,” he laughs.