Jesand Amodo (aka Jehzan Exclusive) is a 28-year old, Filipino-American hip hop artist, educator, and aspiring entrepreneur from Honolulu, HI.
In February 2019, she went on her first independent tour to Davao City, Philippines, where she performed at various events and venues, recorded her Let's Talk, DAVAO (EP), filmed her “4DAZE” music video, taught a youth workshop, and (as always) created more content. Inspired by the events and people in her life, especially being raised by her single mother, and learning to accept and love her own identity and sexuality, Jehzan’s music has a range of emotions and stories, told through a mix of boom-bap, trap, and melodic beats and production.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Jehzan was exposed to all types of musical genres from Hawaiian Mele and Reggae, to Hip Hop/Rap and R&B. Although she learned how to play the ukulele and clarinet as a child, Jehzan's journey as an emcee/rapper began with spoken word poetry.
At age 17, she participated in a summer youth program at UC Berkeley. The curriculum offered art & writing classes as a means for students to critically reflect and express themselves. Shortly after, she began recording her poems over beats on GarageBand. Overtime, Jehzan developed her passion and skills for writing, recording, and performing while simultaneously having served 6 years in the Hawaii Army National Guard and earned her B.S.B.A in Marketing from Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) in 2016.
Jehzan regularly performs at various venues and events around Hawaii, having opened for bigger artists like MURS, Reverie, Ruby Ibarra, Mimi, and Elijah the Boy. Jehzan was the closing act for Honolulu Pride’s 2019 Festival at the Waikiki Shell. As an HPU student, she competed and performed for 3 consecutive years for the university’s annual talent show, held at the Hawaii Theatre (2014-2016). In Spring 2017, she was invited back, and performed as an exhibition act. She competed in the Team Backpack “Live Cypher Draft” in Los Angeles, CA (2015). She also has experience in marketing and promotion, social media and blogs, and continues to channel her academic and professional skills towards music and business.
Jehzan's latest singles “Summer Fling” (Prod. by Dyan) and “Chicken Joy Rap” (Prod. by Kruise), are available on all digital music streaming platforms, along with a handful of other tracks and features. The Island Waves & City Haze EP series (Vol. 1-3) are available for listening/download via Soundcloud, Youtube, and BandCamp. A growing and outstanding performer in Hawaii’s local scene, Jehzan consistently releases content for her fans and stays connected on social media. In collaboration with Bay area artist & videographer, Young, Dedicated, Proper (Y.D.P), the Palm Treez EP was released in summer 2017. Palm Treez is available on all digital music outlets. Palm Treez (Vol. 2) is currently in the works.