Halifax-based hip hop artist MAJE Casino Nova Scotia's 2019-2020 artist-in-residence.
Halifax-based hip hop artist MAJE Casino Nova Scotia's 2019-2020 artist-in-residence.

Beating out 27 other applicants, Halifax-based hip hop artist MAJE is this year’s Casino Nova Scotia artist-in-residence.

“I’m overwhelmed with happiness,” says MAJE in a media release. “It’s been a journey, and I’m very thankful for this opportunity.”

As Casino Nova Scotia’s newly appointed artist-in-residence, MAJE (aka Michael Alexander Jerome Earle) will receive $20,000 in funding to assist with his career development and performance opportunities at Casino Nova Scotia locations in Halifax and Sydney. Music Nova Scotia will also provide career support and showcase opportunities for the artist.

“Year after year we are lucky to have so many amazing artists compete for this title and showcase the talent we have in Nova Scotia,” says Ashlea Barr, Casino Nova Scotia’s business development manager in the release. “All of us at Casino Nova Scotia are proud to have MAJE represent us as our 2019-20 artist-in-residence, and we are thrilled to help support the career of such an amazing young artist.”

The 27-year old MAJE first gained recognition in 2015 when he entered and won a Music Nova Scotia songwriting competition for his work based on black activist Viola Desmond. In 2016, MAJE went on to form the musical group Gentlemen Mafia, resulting in a regional school tour and his music video collaboration with Halifax hip hop artist Cunny Ross became a regional finalist in the CBC Searchlight competition.

In 2017, MAJE was one of ten Canadian artists chosen to attend songwriting camp as a part of the East Coast Music Awards. The same year, he released his first digital album Insert Flame Emojis Here. The album received several nominations, including video and new artist recording of the year, at that year’s Music Nova Scotia Awards.

“Nova Scotia is home to world-class musical talent”, says Lisa Stitt, interim executive director of Music Nova Scotia. “It is my pleasure to congratulate MAJE on becoming this year’s Artist in Residence; he’s joining an impressive alumni group.”