initially the name itself was bestowed upon me by mama Elise who plays for Irie
FM she was actually one of the first persons to ever play my song on the radio.
The name caught on definitely especially the connection between ‘palace’ and
‘Royal’. Every youth is royal in
their own way not matter where they come from a lot of people just need
opportunity, they just need a push. Sometimes people need an example. It is our
duty to guide them through the maze that we create for them.
RFG: What is the purpose driving the Foundation?
JR: I have
always advocated for the future of the youths and the necessity of the youths.
People always say old people are the roots and the young ppl are the fruits.
But I believe it is the other way around it is the youths who are the roots,
new roots keep springing. The roots can’t wither away and die.
RFG: What are your expectations of your foundationin 5 years?
reach as many people as we can plus a little bit more. Excite other young
people enough to be willing to invest their time and energy in the youth of the
nation and hopefully to have a more stable and steady platform to help people
who want to help but don’t have the necessary resources. I believe there are
many good persons out there.
RFG: Given the trends in today’s society
that go against the principles upon which your foundation is formed do you
believe palace pickney foundation will withstand the pressure of the Society at large?
JR: The reality is we don’t have a choice, we have to. We have
to maintain and fulfil the mission that we have taken on. We know it won’t be
an easy road as nothing in life is easy but just like when you are raising a
child there will be good days and bad days but once you keep the mission on
your mind everything will be fine.
RFG: What should education seek to achieve in a developing
JR: Education is what will help us to lay more bricks on the
foundation laid for us by those who have gone before us. Without the proper
education it is impossible for one to know our history in order to know where
we need to go as well as have the tools necessary to maintain and help to push
it further. Which is very very important for a developing society, you need
those new cells to help recharge the machine.
RFG: What does music and palace pickney foundation have in
is one of the greatest tools that has been used in the history of mankind to
educate and enlighten people as well as infiltrate the mental space of
individuals whether consciously or unconsciously. We understand the power of
music and that it speaks to people. The foundation being what it is and I being
who I am there is a natural connection as I myself try to also be an example
for youth not only in my life which is music but also in my regular day to day
RFG: How has Jesse Royal been maneuvering career and this
purpose driven initiatives?
for me maneuvering the career is a very interesting experience. As you grow
your experience introduce new goals and new ideas which you want to pursue.
That in itself has developed me in a way where everything else that I approach,
I approach it with a seriousness because u understand the power of outreach,
you understand the power of connecting with individuals you see where the world
is at and where you hope to take it. That in itself is something that fuels me.
RFG: Do you have any upcoming projects?
We are going to go into a few schools in Jamaica to interact with students in a
platform outside of my musical contributions. What we have come up with is for
smaller children we intend to read to them books from Jamaican authors and for
the older children just have a reasoning with them get on their level.
RFG: How can persons become a part of this
Well you can just email us. State
your interest and we will be more than happy for your assistance in anyways you
RFG: How can people contact the Palace Pikney