UNITED STATES (TERRITORY OF GUAM)- The representative from the territory of Guam was my next guest in the AMERICAN SONG CONTEST 2022 Zoom session.
Jason J. from Guam talked to oikotimes about this participation in ASC but he couldn’t reveal much about the song and the title, as I guess he will be in a much later show performing.
A pop-soul island-reggae song will be his theme for ASC anyway, inspired by the pandemic situation and submitted as a demo to NBC.
Jason explained to us how is to grow up on an island in the Pacific which is a 50-minute drive all around the island. He moved to LA ten years ago and already has a family there.
Fulfilling his dreams was hard but ultimately he believed in his music and tried hard to make it happen we all understand that his music style is not exactly something that appeals easily to the US music market.
Regarding his stage presentation, it will depict the famous Guam sunset and definitely will have island allure.
ABOUT JASON J.
Jason J. is an independent artist, songwriter and father of two known for his distinct vocals and blend of island reggae and alternative music. Since Jason first started writing original music in 2004, he has gone on to play multiple national tours and large reggae festivals. He made the top 10 of the Billboard reggae chart in 2017 with his first solo EP, Luminosity – EP. Jason comes from a traditional Filipino family and spent the first 23 years of his life surrounded by Guamanian culture and its musical influences.
ABOUT THE ASC 2022
American Song Contest is an American musical reality competition television series based on the Eurovision Song Contest. It sees all 50 U.S. states, five territories, and Washington, D.C. compete for the title of Best Original Song. The contest takes place between March 21 and May 9, 2022, and airs on NBC.
The show is hosted by Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson. NBC revealed the 56 competing artists on March 3, 2022, through an interactive map. Atlantic Records will serve as the exclusive music partner of the American Song Contest, with the original songs in the competition to be released in batches beginning March 21 at midnight Eastern Daylight Time.
Guam is an organized, unincorporated territory of the United States in the Micronesia subregion of the western Pacific Ocean. It is the westernmost point and territory of the United States (reckoned from the geographic centre of the U.S.); in Oceania, it is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands and the largest island in Micronesia. Guam’s capital is Hagåtña, and the most populous village is Dededo.
People born in Guam are American citizens but have no vote in the United States presidential elections while residing on Guam and Guam delegates to the United States House of Representatives have no vote on the floor. Indigenous Guamanians are the Chamoru, historically known as the Chamorro, who are related to the Austronesian peoples of Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Micronesia, and Polynesia. As of 2021, Guam’s population is 168,801. Chamoros are the largest ethnic group, but a minority on the multi-ethnic island. The territory spans 210 square miles (540 km2; 130,000 acres) and has a population density of 775 per square mile (299/km2).
The Chamoro people settled the island approximately 3,500 years ago. Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, while in the service of Spain, was the first European to visit the island on March 6, 1521. Guam was colonized by Spain in 1668. Between the 16th and 18th centuries, Guam was an important stopover for the Spanish Manila Galleons. During the Spanish–American War, the United States captured Guam on June 21, 1898. Under the Treaty of Paris, signed December 10, 1898, Spain ceded Guam to the U.S. effective April 11, 1899.
Before World War II, Guam was one of five American jurisdictions in the Pacific Ocean, along with Wake Island in Micronesia, American Samoa and Hawaii in Polynesia, and the Philippines. On December 8, 1941, hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Guam was captured by the Japanese, who occupied the island for two and a half years. During the occupation, Guamanians were subjected to forced labour, incarceration, torture and execution. American forces recaptured the island on July 21, 1944, which is commemorated as Liberation Day. Since the 1960s, Guam’s economy has been supported primarily by tourism and the U.S. military, for which Guam is a major strategic asset.
An unofficial but frequently used territorial motto is “Where America’s Day Begins”, which refers to the island’s proximity to the International Date Line. Guam is among the 17 non-self-governing territories listed by the United Nations and has been a member of the Pacific Community since 1983.
an oikotimes original text