Local fans of Jamaican pop singer Omi may soon get to see him up close.

The “Cheerleader” singer said he will soon be embarking on a Caribbean tour which will include Trinidad and Tobago.

Speaking to Looptt recently from Jamaica, Omi says T&T is particularly close to him as his sister resides here.

“I have a sister living in Trinidad with my nieces and nephews and I love them very much. To my fans I love you, I thank you very much for your support,” he said.

Details of the tour, inlcuding dates, are not yet available.

Since scoring his number one hit “Cheerleader’, the worldwide anthem of Summer 2015, Omi has been a busy man.

He released his first album Me4U, which entered Billboard’s Hot 200 chart at number 51 in October and is currently now at 109 after three weeks on the chart.

The second release from the album, “Hula Hoop”, is a party song that shows Omi is determined not to be pigeonholed into any specific category of music.

The album, he says, is electic for that reason.

“It was a deliberate strategy to make the album diverse. I recorded my album in so many different places, Miami, Canada, UK, I was able to draw the energy from different environments,” he said.

The album showcases Omi’s diverse music interests.

“I have always been a love of music so it wasn’t hard for me to come up with a different sound and try to be unique, it felt natural,it felt organic,” he said when asked about his preference for a more pop sound over reggae and dancehall.

He has been of course influenced by the reggae greats such as Bob Marley and Peter Tosh and dancehall stars such as Shaggy, Omi, real name, Omar Samuel Pasley, also lists Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole and John legend among his influences.

“That is why I call my genre world music, it has that element that each person can relate to,” he said.

Reflecting on his success so far, Omi said he still has his “pinch myself moments”.

“I am from a very humble beginning, poor background, everything I have I had to work hard for it and exercise a lot of patience but at the end of the day I will still be this person, it keeps me connected to reality, keeps me grounded, very important to be connected to reality,” he said.

And speaking of being grounded, Omi, when asked about his relationship with the woman who reportedly inspired his hit song, made it very clear that he is very grounded to his only cheerleader, his mother.

“Cheerleaders come and go, my mum is my one cheerleader who is not going anywhere,” he said.
LoopTT