Five Firsts: Jermaine Wells of the Ill Funk Ensemble
NAME: Jermaine Wells
BAND AFFILIATION: The Ill Funk Ensemble
INSTRUMENT: Lead vox, Rap
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Biggie Smalls’ “Ready to Die”
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Bilal Oliver at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square, NYC in 2000.
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … a xylophone in sixth grade for the Christmas show. I played “Silver Bells” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.”
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … my own rap at age eight. The first cover song I ever performed in public was “Poison” by BBD in the fifth grade.
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Future, in high school. We were an R&B band – just voices, no instruments.
Jermaine Wells – lead vocalist and front man with Nippertown funkateers the Ill Funk Ensemble – steps out on his own with his debut solo EP, “For Dancing Girls & Admirers.” The CD release party will be held at Savannah’s/Dublin Underground in Albany at 8:30pm on Friday (December 2).