On Monday JTM released his 3rd and final studio album, 5 Years To Live, to all streaming platforms. The eleven-track album comes with features from artists such as Taylor Bennett, Jay Warren, Sione Toki, Junior Maile, and much more!
Following his previous #1 charting albums, I Am Not A Rapper, and We Came To Play, 5 Years To Live hit the #2 spot on the iTunes Hip/Hop chart. With the overwhelming reactions from 5 Years To Live, JTM is pushing the boundaries for what it means to be an independent artist.
JTM has been attracting a lot of attention from other popular artists. Taylor Bennett (Chance The Rapper’s brother) has seen the potential in JTM and is featured on track seven, “Holiday.” With just under 1 million streams on this track alone, this track has been greatly improving his audience.
JTM’s Roaring Success Was Unexpected
JTM is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah. Though he’s formerly known as James The Mormon, JTM doesn’t create religious music. James identifies himself as a religious person for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
JTM’s music first attracted attention from his religious community in 2014 after he began uploading videos to his YouTube channel. After releasing his debut album I’m Not A Rapper in 2016, JTM was anticipating rap would only be a hobby. He wasn’t expecting he album would soon reach #1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop/rap chart. The album also reached #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.
James would then go on to release an EP, “Pmg,” and an LP, We Came To Play. Pmg’s influence came from religious themes, including missionary work. The inspiration for this EP stems from JTM’s desire to reach the individuals feeling the obligation to attend Church and let them know they aren’t alone.
“I want to reach non-members and show them that there are Mormons just like them. And that Mormons listen to rap and are cool. I hate that myths and poor stereotypes of the Church hold people back from something so beautiful,” said JTM concerning the inspiration for “Pmg.”
JTM spent the first half of this year performing sold-out shows from his most recent “We Came To Play” tour, and will soon be headlining a local music festival. After releasing another album even better than the last, JTM is poised to garner great success with his music.
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