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Hartford, Connecticut, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2000 | INDIE

Hartford, Connecticut, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2000
Solo World Reggae




"Phorein Into Music"

Curtis Campbell, Sunday Gleaner Writer

Reggae artiste Milton 'Phorein' Jackson has high hopes for his trip to Jamaica.

The singer hopes to captivate the local music scene with his new single Dreaming of A Better Day, for which there is soon to be a video.

The United States-based singer, who hails from Salt Spring, Montego Bay, told The Sunday Gleaner he was a proud Jamaican businessman.

According to Phorein, he rose above many obstacles and was now poised to fulfil his dream of being a successful reggae artiste.

Though he is yet to attempt making a name for himself in Jamaica, he is confident that the island will be able to relate to his music.

"Jamaica, like many other countries, has been a victim of universal struggle so they will relate to my message," he said.

The artiste revealed that he went through many atrocities. Born to a life of poverty and abandoned by his parents at five weeks old, he has risen above his circumstances to become an example of the prosperity that can be achieved, even after the greatest of setbacks.

Fighting spirit

The struggles involved with overcoming poverty has given Phorein the determination of a soldier and he expressed that with his fighting spirit, he is confident that his music and story will have a great impact on the local music industry.

"I have always wanted to pursue music as a career. After I lost my beautiful daughter, Soraya, to cancer I decided to pursue the dream that we shared," he said.

The artiste previously released a song called Cry For Me produced by Rafael of Ingoma music. The song is being sold by VP records and is available through the various online means.

"I do not record music because I want to be rich or famous, I record and perform because I love music and want to give you something real to listen to," he said

Phorein is currently working closely with music video director and entertainment publicist Karl Durrant to launch an aggressive marketing plan for his music.

"We have big plans for Phorein, new videos, collaborations and singles that the world will appreciate and not just the Jamaican market," said Durrant. - Jamaican Gleaner

"Foundation offers 10 bursaries to students"

Although the Connecticut, United States-based not-for-profit the Soraya Amy Jackson Foundation has only recently become official, the organisation is already aiming to make big strides in youth education in Jamaica.

The foundation is currently offering 10 educational grants, which are valued at J$50,000 each, to students entering their first year of college.

The charity, which was founded in 2014, is led by Jamaican-born singer Milton George Jackson Jr, who is better known by his stage name 'Phorein.'

According to Jackson, the programme intends to select applicants who display a vision for personal as well as economic growth. Jackson co-founded the organisation with his wife, Tara Taylor, in memory of their daughter, Soraya Amy.

"Applicants will be required to write a 300-word, or more, essay on one of the following topics: 'How could you use your college education to create sustainable career opportunities for Jamaicans in order to convince our most talented young people to stay and build a future in Jamaica?'; or 'What is your vision to make Jamaica better?'"

Persons interested in getting an outline of the essay topics are invited to visit the organisation's website at Applicants will be required to submit two letters of recommendation from teachers or principals; their high school transcripts; and a completed rÈsumÈ, which is to be submitted to the foundation's email at


Jackson said that the deadline for submission of applications is Thursday, March 31. The selections will be made after that date. The grants will be channelled directly to the respective schools of the successful applicants. The funds will be used to cover educational expenses.

"My daughter always wanted to go to school. She loved school," said the entertainer, in reflecting on his daughter, who died of cancer in 2007 at the age of nine. "Plus, I know the importance of education. So we see where this would be the right way to honour her memory."

Jackson, who is a former student of the Chetwood Memorial Primary School and Cornwall College, grew up in Salt Spring on the outskirts of Montego Bay. He revealed that the funding for the programme comes primarily from his family..

"Most of the funding is from our family at this time. We've saved up - working and saving money here and there - until we finally had enough to offer the scholarships," said Jackson. "We want to do this every year, so we are going to be looking at organising some activities to raise funds for 2017." - Jamaican Gleaner

"Tribute to Jamaican Heritage"

Note that while this is not a music review, it provides a background into Phorein's work as a black business owner in his community. - Journal Inquirer

"Black History Month"

Allan, Mike & Mary show weekdays from 5:30am–9am
Highlighting Phorein as a Community-based, Black Business owner of Jamaican Kitchen. - Lite 100.5 FM


2022      Painting Pictures      Phorein Records
2011      Foreign (Album)       Phorein Records




I have always depended upon others to doctor my biography to make it sound glamorous but this is My Bio, written by me.

Born (briefly) Milton Jackson (Stamford, CT), I was dropped off weeks later, and grew up in the rural district of Salt Spring, Montego Bay, Jamaica. Creating music is one of my earliest memories - making up a drum set out of pots and pot covers under a willow tree in my yard. I would spend hours playing and singing whatever lyrics came to my mind. As I got older my classmates in Cornwall College started calling me Yellow Man as a nickname, it stuck, mostly because my light complexion made me instantly recognizable in my community and surrounding parish.

At age 16, I returned to the U.S. (Connecticut) where I started freestyling in basement parties and took on the name Mello Yellow. My first officially recorded song was called "Sipping Champagne" with Junior Holt. We performed the song at "Showtime at the Apollo" and won. My next song came to me in a dream and when I awoke, the song remained in my head. I immediately wrote it without any effort at all - it just flowed. I went to Jamaica and linked with John John from Jammy’s studio and he loved the song and brought me in the studio to record it. The song is titled "Wickedness Increase" and can be found at this link

I had a few more releases on the same label:

"How Many Times"

"Blood Spill"


I later linked up with Merciless, Elephant Man and recorded a few songs together on some crossover riddims. I performed on the same stage with many known names like Mad Cobra, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Terror Fabulous, Anthony B, Shine Head and several other prominent reggae artists. Christine Hewitt saw me in Jamaica and invited me on a tour with her CO2 band. Touring with CO2 band helped increase my confidence, I finally felt like I could take on music as a full time career. I went back to the States and recorded a song titled, “Groupies” featuring The Notorious B.I.G for producer Mark Niles, in Long Island, NY. The song was featured by Funkmaster Flex on Hot 97.1  in New York.

In recent years I changed my name to Phorein and became more culturally minded and issue conscious recording an album entitled "Foreign" executively produced by Phorein Records, the Album features productions by John "Raf" Allen, Dirty Jokerz, Vershon (Magician Records), and by Phorein. The lead single "Dreaming of a Better Day" has received steady airplay on Jamaica’s #1 Radio Station, Irie FM and on several Connecticut reggae stations.


Today my goal is to perform to help raise money for the Soraya Amy Jackson foundation which I started when my daughter, Soraya, passed away from cancer( The foundation currently has eight students attending Jamaican Universities. I also plan on visiting Africa this year to adopt a school and continue to spread upliftment through education. The foundation is funded by my family and I from our business ventures and local fundraising. I have inspirational stories to tell through cultural, positive and family friendly music. My memoir and upcoming album with be available for late 2018 release.


I hope to be in your town, performing and talking with you soon!

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