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OMI’s Cheerleader: 8 Years In The Making

OMI (Omar Samuel Pasley), the son of musician Jah Ken, was discovered by Clifton “Specialist” Dillon. He debuted in 2011 with his first hit “Standing on All Threes”. In 2007, OMI caught himself humming a melody he couldn’t get rid of. Eventually, he started to compose in 2008, went down to the studio to record it, and by the year 2012, he released the track with the title “Cheerleader”. The track was revived when Ultra Music President Patrick Moxey offered to remix and relaunch the song into a dance track.

The Clarendon, Jamaica native made history when “Cheerleader” topped the UK Singles Chart and sustained that position four weeks in a row, making OMI the first Jamaican artist to hold the spot for the longest consecutive period. The song made it to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks in July 2015.

Continuing to take over charts and keeping his feet on the ground with his father as his inspiration in mind, OMI shows no signs of slowing down.