born to Jamaican father and English mother, J.C. Lodge was taken
to Jamaica as a child. There, the Beatles’ fan soon became
immersed in R&B and reggae, and sang along to everything she
She was encouraged to perform in her high school concerts by
classmates, and enjoyed doing so, but felt her career lay either
in art or drama. A relationship with Errol O’Meally toward the
end of high school, however, led her further along the music path.
He was a budding songwriter, and used her voice to present some of
his material at Joe Gibbs’ Recording Studio. Both the songs and
the singer were well received, and J.C. was asked to cover
‘Someone Loves You, Honey’ in 1980. The reggae-country and
western tune topped the Jamaican charts worldwide, and earned the
singer gold and platinum discs in the Netherlands. Such success
convinced J.C. that music should be her main direction.
Nine albums followed, consisting mostly of reggae, but some with
R&B and pop material, too, usually written by O’Meally or
J.C. Producers like Gibbs, Willie Lindo, Gussie Clarke, Errol
O’Meally and Neal Fraser (a.k.a. Mad Professor), created product
which garnered for J.C. several hits and prestigious awards across
‘Telephone Love,’ recorded for Clarke in 1988, was the first
dance hall reggae track to cross over in the R&B and hip-hop
markets in the United States, topping the urban charts in New York
and other cities.
With O’Meally’s influence and the creative opportunities of so
many albums, J.C.’s songwriting skill was unearthed and
polished. Several Jamaican artistes have sung her original
compositions, and she continues to work toward having overseas
artistes do likewise. Her varied influences are expressed in both
her writing and performances, and she is comfortable in several
genres, whether it be country and western, jazz, reggae pop or
The birth of her daughter Gia in 1994 has inspired two
children’s educational albums. The popularity of these drew the
interest of Jamaica’s national Television station – TVJ, who
asked J.C. and her husband and her manager/producer/husband –
Errol O’Meally to produce a children’s television series. This
was a dream come true for J.C. and currently ‘Sing ‘n
Learn,’ as the programme is called, is entering its second
13-episode season. The website is located at http://www.sing-n-learn.com.
Through her singing, writing, acting, painting and sewing, J.C.
shares herself with her many fans, and continues to provide
pleasing and positive entertainment wherever she goes.
Additionally, the husband/wife production team has created audio
advertising for several clients, including ‘Tower Isle
Patties’ in the U.S. and McDonalds, ‘Guinness’ and several
financial institutions in Jamaica.