Jermaine Lawrence, otherwise known as R&B artist, Mayne Champagne has released his new single, “Joanna” from his upcoming debut EP, Evoking Emotions.
He’s been in and out of jail since his teen years, and he also turned heads when the story of identifying his mother to police in relation to an acid attack on a three-year-old boy hit the local news in 2015.
“The writing of ‘Joanna’ comes from the time in my life when I was a pimp, for a lack of a better word,” he shares. “I grew up in Malvern, which was a troubled neighbourhood, and my mother tried to steer me on the right path by making me attend church and participate in the choir. The lure of street money was overwhelming, though, and I never was in a long term relationship with a woman if monetary gain wasn’t involved.
“Joanna’ was a person I met in high school who I had a deeper rapport with,” he continues. “More than any other woman I’ve ever known. She was the ‘square’ best friend I could talk to about subjects most criminals would find boring and uninteresting, and she was a consistent, steady person in my life of chaos.
‘Joanna’ saw and appreciated both sides of me: Jermaine, the hustler, and Jermaine, the intellectual.
As the online escort business started booming in the late 2000s, I got involved. The money was great but I always felt like something was missing in my life on a personal level. I felt if I got ‘Joanna’ involved in what I was doing, I could have the best of both worlds — someone I could build a future with both business-wise and personally.
Not too long after she decided to work as an escort, I caught a gun charge and was sentenced to five years in the penitentiary. I had centred my life around another woman that also worked as an escort, but I felt more of a romantic and personal connection with ‘Joanna.’ I decided to gamble on love and shift my focus, but it was the biggest mistake I ever made on both a personal level, and as a business decision.
Sometimes you can’t have it all, but it makes for good writing and life experience.
You live and you learn.”
Check out “Joanna” below and find out more about Mayne Champagne via our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Mayne Champagne. I am an R&B artist based out of the east end of Toronto (Scarborough). I started as a producer under the moniker “Jimmy Jump” or “Jump” for short. I produced for Drake on his 2nd mixtape “Comeback Season”. Another notable artist I have worked with is Sheek Louch (of the platinum group “Da L.O.X”)signed to Bad Boy Records. For the past 4 years, I have been recording as an artist. My style is a mix of the current trap soul style mixed with 90s R&B undertones
How are you keeping creative without shows?
I stay creative by constantly writing songs and television/movie script ideas. Currently, I am in talks with networks on developing show(s) based on my previous life experiences in the streets as a hustler/armed robber/pimp.
What are you spending your time on?
Working on developing my inaugural album “Evoking Emotions”. It’s a tedious process as I lived a very interesting life. Selecting the right production and choosing the right producers although I still produce records myself. Also developing scripts and pitches to networks.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
If I had to choose one record/music video it would be “Only In Toronto”. It basically sums my life in a nutshell. The highs and lows of a street hustler that has been in and out of prison since his adolescence and half his adulthood.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
My favorite artists are from a wide array of genres that cover rock to dance to reggae to hip hop. My favorite Canadian artists would be Nelly Furtado, Drake, Alanis Morrissette, Nickelback, The Weeknd, and Rush.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.