|JEAN-PIERRE SIMONS is an international artist from Cameroon by way of Paris, France. His music experiences began early in life, performing at annual school and community feasts. At 15, he formed a band and used all of his free time endeavoring in music composition and song writing. In 1974, he joined a semi-professional orchestra playing for feasts and marriages. Later selected as lead vocalist in the junior college band, Lycée Polyvalent’s Band, Jean-Pierre also performed regularly at weekly jam sessions sponsored by the French Cultural Center in Douala. He was voted “ Best New Artist” for four consecutive weeks. This became the catalyst for his professional career.
Jean-Pierre’s big break came in 1977 when he was contracted to perform as lead vocalist at CLUB LA JUNGLE, a renowned Cameroon area hot spot. A LA JUNGLE regular for four years, in 1981 Jean-Pierre traveled to Europe and accepted the honor to matriculate at L’ECOLE NORMALE DE MUSIQUE ALFRED CORTOT, a prestigious Parisian conservatory on Boulevard Malesherbes. There, he studied harmony, Solfeggio and later endeavored in arranging.
In 1985, Jean-Pierre produced and released the singles, Broken-Heart, and A Heart in Love, through his own label, Victory Productions (later renamed Sighe’s Victory Productions). Both songs topped the charts in several African countries. In fact, for several weeks, Broken-Heart remained No. 1 on Africa Number One (a prestigious international radio station based in Gabon).
What brought Jean-Pierre to America after seven years in France? The USA is the real place for music. As a musician, I was drawn to the creative climate that encourages producing and publishing original musical work.
ABOUT THE MUSIC:
Jean-Pierre’s music combines African melodies and rhythms from Cameroon (such as Makossa, Lali and others), with European and American styles of music arrangement.-Music cannot be confined to the narrow space of one’s own country or people. It is a universal gift of God to mankind.
In 2002, Jean-Pierre released another single with two tracks Like A Friend” and “Aime-Moi, designed to herald the full album (now released).