With roots in the Bronx and Boston, Nawlage first became widely-known for his dancehall hits and his Husband or Wife song, which was included in French Montana’s COKE BOY series. Other hits originated and performed by Nawlage in various genres of music including hip hop, reggae and rap include She’s A Tease, Take Your Breath Away and So Into You.
Now, he is making waves as the music director of a team of songwriters, singers, and video producers for a non-profit, all-volunteer project called VOICE YOUR VOTE 2020 in his second home down in Tampa, in the pivotal state of Florida. He is doing it all to help get out the vote in November and people are listening — after four weeks on YouTube the video is hovering just past 90,000 views.
When the pandemic hit and St. Petersburg, Florida resident Michelle Passoff found herself talking back to the television, she decided it was time to take action or go crazy. So she started googling and then calling songwriters, singers, music and video producers and got the strangers in her area — aged 16-77 years old — on a Zoom call to discuss creating original lyrics and sound track to energize the vote for November 03, 2020.
Five months later Voice Your Vote 2020 music video was launched — a dancehall tune with a bit of rap sung in English and Spanish (An ASL version for the deaf and hard of hearing community also launched). The largest fingerprint on the lyrics and the beat is that of Nawlage, who now splits his time between Boston, Tampa, and LA as head of production at Grand Bay Recording Studio..
The song gives details on how to register and vote. Importantly it says:
One voice can be a lonely sound, a cry in the distance, a wimper of doubt…yeah
But raise it up it can gather a crowd,
And when we all speak up together they can’t hold us down…