Promising child from San Fernando in Trinidad
Jeneile Osborne (born c. 1981), better known as Queen Omega, started singing by entering local talent shows from the age of 9, writing her own calypsos and rapping on national television. Later on, she started to sing backing vocals for local producer Kenny Philips, accompanying many top Soca acts, both in the studio and on stage.
Raised in a musical family, she grew up listening Soul from artists like Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, along with Jazz, Calypso's traditional music from Trinidad, but also Reggae and Dancehall, her favorite's. She was later drawn to Rastafari and started writing lyrics with roots and reality themes.
From Trinidad to England
On a trip to Jamaica with the Solomon Band in 2000 to perform at the Caribbean Music Expo, she met producer Mickey D, who brought her to London for recording sessions. A year later, she released her debut set, "Queen Omega", quickly followed by several hit singles and a second album, "Pure Love".
Early 2004, she released a third album "Away From Babylon" with JetStar Music, finding herself still residing within the Mickey D's Green House family. Along with many well received Live performances, Queen Omega started blazing a trail for female reggae artists, and continued to do so with her brand new collection of tunes. Under the wings of the very talented French production Bost & Bim and the label, Special Delivery Music, she showed that she had improved her vocal delivery much further.
Female ambassador in the reggae business
Queen Omega mixes her standard singing with deejaying, finding herself quite efficient at doing both. Besides that, she once again fully showcases her devastating ability to write straight to the point messages.
Queen Omega creates a sort of consistency the roots side of reggae has never known before from a female artist, with outstanding tracks such as "Selassie I Know", "Love Each Other", "Me Beg Yu", "Keep The Faith", "No Retire", "Destiny" or her combinaison with Buju Banton titled "Perfect Combination". Her distinctive voice, the conscious lyrics and some real good riddims - fresh originals as well as do-overs - make her CD truly worthwhile adding to your collection.
Touring the world
In 2008, Queenie - as she is fondly called - performed at many reggae festivals in North America, headlining the Northwest World Music festival in Oregon. In 2009, she toured in Brazil and France, like at the Garance Reggae Festival with Don Carlos & Barrington Levy.
In 2010, the talented Empress recorded with Jah Sun on his Gravity EP and toured with Marcia Griffiths. In 2011, we saw her performing on tour in Portugal, Sweden, France and in the French West Indies. With the release of a new LP produced by High Fly Music, 2012 was a major year for Queen Omega as she was touring France, Germany, La Réunion and received the much deserved Merlin Lynn Taitt Award for Music.
Since then, Queen Omega keeps touring the Caribbean, Europe, and performing on many of the largest Reggae festival scenes such as the Reggae Rising (USA), SNWMF (USA), JaSound (France), African Music Festival (Germany) o Sao Paulo (Brazil).