Area teen releases album & hopes to be positive role model

By Anna Carrera

Published 01/20 2014 04:24PM

Updated 02/20 2015 11:12AM

CHAMPAIGN -- A local teen is fed up with crime, so he's putting an emphasis on faith instead of fighting through music. We first met Jamie "J. Tune" Gatson last summer when there was a rash of shootings around town.

He started working on his music back then. This month, he put out his first album called "Faith." J. Tune says the "F" is upside-down to symbolize how he almost lost it during some trying times in his life.

But, the 19-year-old says he's on the right track now. He's not worried about being cool and doesn't care how many records he sells. He just wants to be a positive role model.

"I'm not really in it for the numbers," said J. Tune. "I couldn't care less about that. I'm just really trying to touch lives and give people something that they need."

He's part of a bigger act too -- the Ill Music Group. Its producers and videographer helped J. Tune with the album. The Central High School graduate says he wants to show people who he really is as an artist.

One of his tracks is about Kiwane Carrington, a friend of his who was shot and killed by a police officer in 2009.

Now, he's getting ready for a summer tour. His album is available online.

To buy J. Tune's music, click here.
To see his video, click here.
To check out his website, click here.

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