Jerome Charles White, Jr is big in Japan ! ! ! He came to Japan like so many others as an English teacher who wanted to do something else . . .But Jerome actually did move on and do something else and so he became Big In Japan . . . .
Enka is a style of music that is somehow a mix of pop and traditional Japanese music.
so, how on earth is a black American from Pittsburgh now the hottest Enka singer in Japan ? ? ?
Well . . . his grandmother was Japanese and as a kid he listened to Enka and fell in love with the genre. Also as a kid he visited Japan and fell in love with our country and culture. He studied really hard and learnt Japanese and computer programming.
But he came to Japan to live first as an English Language Teacher. Of course every Japanese girl knows English Language Teachers are usually the biggest losers ever and normally they are guys that can not get a girl friend in their home country and come to Japan thinking that they are some how exotic and will find a girl friend here when they could not at home . . . .Unfortunately this is often true . . .
( I apologise to any serious English Teachers they maybe )
But our man came with a plan ! ! ! He taught English for a while and then got a real job as a computer programmer and started entering Karaoke competitions.
The dream came true and he was signed by a scout and the rest is history ! ! !
Jero ( as he likes to be known as ) has brought Enka to a younger generation but he is incredibly popular with the older generation also. He has a great voice, and wonderful interpretation, but also an emotional honesty that is so important in a genre like Enka.
He is the real deal in Enka and as a foreigner that is an great achievement.
So please listen to Enka super star . . .
Jerome Charles White, Jr . .. . .Big In Japan ! ! ! ( actually VERY big in Japan )
Jero – Crocodile Tears