Neleesi keeps it ‘Classy’
Dancehall artiste Neleesi is pumped up about the reaction to her latest song, Classy, which was produced by Khalfani Records.
"The inspiration behind this song is that I always wanted an anthem to represent females who carry themselves in a classy manner. I overheard a few men talking about how terrible a woman carried herself and I didn't like it, so I hope this can inspire other people or women to be more classy!" she said.
The song will be officially released on November 4, but it has been leaked to the public and the clubs, and on the local mixtape circuit to gauge people's response.
"Everyone is saying the song has a real vibe, and they can't wait to see the video," she said. Neleesi is currently working on an EP which will include previously unreleased songs.
"I have a few tracks for it already, but it won't be completed until early next year. I am focusing on doing a 'classy' video for my popular new song and awaiting the release date," said the artiste whose given name is Jonelle Shanna Pitkin.
Neleesi grew up in the Manley Meadows area of Kingston and attended Donald Quarrie High School. She was always fascinated with music while growing up. In high school, she began writing songs and visiting studios with friends.
"I got involved seriously right after I left high school when my sister brought me to PayDay Alliance camp and it all started from there, meeting new people and so on," she said.
She released her first single, Summertime, in July 2013 under her first name, Jonelle.
"My stage name had to be changed from Jonelle because of a conflict with another female artiste overseas with the name Jhonelle. At one point when I tried releasing music under my real name it would be flagged or taken down," she explained. So she went with 'Neleesi' to differentiate herself.