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Rushawn Ewears signs deal with Sony Music UK, following viral video singing ‘Beautiful Day’

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Gospel singer Jermaine Edwards has started 2023 on a high note after signing a deal with Sony Music UK last Thursday.

The deal was signed at the 100 restaurant on Hope Road in St Andrew with representatives of Sony Music UK.

Edwards was tight-lipped about the details of the agreement which came about after his 2014 track Beautiful Day earned a new lease on life.

However, Rushawn Ewears whose version of Beautiful Day went viral on social media, has also inked a deal with Sony which will ensure he earns royalties.

Ewears, who was 10 years old at the time he did the video, recorded the song while attending Top Hill Primary School in St Elizabeth.

A photo collage of gospel singer Jermaine Edwards and Rushawn Ewears

According to Edwards, who is a mentor to the youngster, he has been showing Ewears the business side of music.

“A lot of people wonder how I feel knowing that a little boy is singing my song but what would be the biggest thing is to ensure that my intellectual property is [not] exploited so everyone can benefit, including Rushawn and his teacher that videoed him. We helped him set up his rights at the copyrights centre so he can set up his royalties. We’ve been doing everything in his interest,” he explained.

Edwards added that some established acts have reached out to him about remixes, but he’s still weighing his options.

“A lot of people are waiting for our [he and Rushawn’s] version. I don’t think I need to do one unless it’s with some big artist. We’re deciding which one we’re gonna do but we’re working on a new song. His voice is more mature now; it is deeper now and people want to hear what he sounds like,” he said.

The gospel singer expresses gratitude to Rushawn for his contribution to the almost-decade-old track.

“It’s a good vibe; I’m happy that he did it. He added his flavour to it. He didn’t remember some of the lyrics but I’m happy that the intent of the song was captured by Rushawn. He brought it to the world and whatever I wanted it to do with it, he did it,” he said.

Speaking in an interview, Rushawn who is now much older said that though he had always wanted to be a singer, he never thought his fame would come that soon. 

He revealed that the owner of the song he sang already reached out to him and they would both be doing a remix of the track together, adding that he is so excited about what the future holds for him.

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