Multitalented Music Artist and Dancer, “John Bling”, born Jaun Orlando Bennett (meaning: “God’s Gracious Gift Blessed By God From the Fame Land”) in the community of Gordon Pen, Spanish Town in the Parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica on December 14th, 1984 has gained popularity through his dancing and deejaying with Jamaica’s best and most recognized dance crew, Black Blingaz, of which he was also a founding member circa 1998. John also goes by the trademark name of “Mr. Mirror”, classifying himself as a representation of a role model and a true reflection of ones inspirations, hopes and dreams.
John’s motto of “Hard Work is the Key to Success” has gained him worldwide recognition for his many interests and talents in the entertainment business. John’s flavour for Fashion has won him “Best Dressed Male Dancer” through the “Dance Jamaica” Awards and also landed him a spot as the Host for HypeLife TV’s internet entertainment showcase, “Fashion All Over”, produced and directed by Jermaine “Miami” Johnson.
Although John grew up in a community tarnished by reports of crime, violence and corruption, since a teenager, John has strived to touch the hearts of many through his dancing, with inspiration from the late Gerald “BOGLE” Levy, as well as the ”King of Pop”, Michael Jackson.
John decided to make Dancing his career after kicking off what was to become the ‘Black Blingaz Era’ at the young age of 18, and came to realize that Migz, Marlon, German and Chris Bling, who make up the dance crew, all shared the same dream. The group began dancing professionally for performances all over the world in 2000 and has done shows in Antigua, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Canada, England, Japan and all over the United States, while representing the Dancehall culture from its core.
Black Blingaz’ intention was to broadcast their message of unity and happiness through their dance. This undeniably talented team soon found themselves performing with the likes of Shaggy, Beenie Man, Capleton, Voicemail, Maka Diamond and international recording artists, Fantasia and Mya. In 2006, they were able to showcase their new dance called “Tek Weh Yuh Self”, which was a slam dunk for dance steps throughout Jamaican history, making it an unusually and socially acceptable, along with number one dance on the Reggae Dancehall scene for 2007/2008. Entertainer, “Mr. Vegas”, took such a liking to the step, he later adopted the name of the dance move and recorded a song and a music video by the same name, and the dance became Jamaica’s number one dance. The music video was shot by Jay Will and the song was then remixed internationally featuring R&B/Hip Hop Artist, ‘Lil Kim, and it won the coveted “IRIE FM Radio Station Award” and an “EME Award” for ‘Best Original Dance Move’. The success of this dance step enabled them to travel and perform all over the world. Other famous moves include “Eva Fresh”, “Eva Clean”, “Myspace”, Caah Tireid”, “Step to Dem”, “Black Dem Out”, “Obama Rock” and “Sky Is Da Limit”. Recently, Black Blingaz were featured in New York City based company, Tower Isle Productions’ US feature Dancehall film called, “A Dance For Grace”, and also choreographed new dance moves just for the movie.
John is featured on a song created for “A Dance For Grace”, with the same title and also had his own hit single featuring Dwayne Rose called, “Everybody Just Dance”. Along with Black Blingaz, John Bling was also featured dancing in Mr. G’s video for his song “Beat Dem Bad”.
He is currently working on his own clothing line and began his own label with intentions of managing and promoting up-and-coming artists, music deejays and young dance crews, called ‘Blingaz Multimedia’. John is also responsible for forming a new teenage Jamaican dance crew called “Baby Blings”, and is working hard to get their career started.
“WE ARE THE DANCE” – is a Dancehall song written by John Bling (Ambassador for the Dancers of Jamaica and Dancehall) and performed by Jamaican Dance Pioneers Sadiki, Ding Dong, John Bling, Boysie, Mad Michelle, Queen Latesha, Craigy Dread, Keiva Di Diva and Latonya Styles with lead vocalist Don Frisco. It’s an All-Star Dancers Anthem which was recorded as an initiative to give a voice for the dance fraternity, demonstrating their importance on the dancehall scene. The endeavor was organized by Latonya Styles and Keiva Di Diva, Produced by Danny Champagne (Champagne Records). John just recently shot the video for this song in long Island City, NY and some of the authentic Jamaican Dancehall Artists featured on the song participated.
This song has a very special meaning because, as featured on the front page of the Jamaica Star recently, the authentic Jamaican Dancehall Dancers are not being featured in the popular artists’ music videos and therefore not being financially supported for their talents. After all, this is where the dance form originated and Jamaican Artists who were fortunate enough to successfully crossover to mainstream should be supporting their culture by relying on these dancers to deliver the best possible performance of the dance.
John also started a new blog at http://tru-reflection.blogspot.com/2013/07/power-of-mind-within-realm-of-all.html for his fans, which reflects his teachings, inspirations and thoughts.
John is currently in the USA for his Promotional Tour, and his first performance will be at the JOHN JAY SCHOOL of CRIMINAL JUSTICE in New York, New York for their annual cultural fair, and he will also be performing in concert alongside Konshens for the school’s Fall Concert. John was asked to attend in the spring of 2013 as GUEST OF HONOR, and because he was not in the US as of yet, the Jamaican Club changed the date to the fall just to accommodate John. He will be speaking of his Jamaican Culture and his Career, as well as performing his songs and dancing for the students.
John’s 1st Book, “A DAY IN THE LIFE OF JOHN BLING” will be published very soon, as well.
Also, John has a role as one of the Jamaican Mobsters and his music will be featured on the up and coming soundtrack of the US Feature Film, “JAMAICAN MAFIA”, written by and starring Mykal Fax, as well as Jamaican greats Paul Campbell, Roger Roger and D’Angel. His manager, Ms. Dale Foti is Executive Producer and Production Manager on this film.
John’s video for his song “SMOOTH AN A MOVE” was shot in Russia, when John was there as an Instructor and Choreographer for the Russian Dancehall Workshop in 2012, and it will be released within the next few weeks to the public. You may watch it here:
John Bling continues to grow every day as an aspiring entertainment entrepreneur, so be sure to look out for him in the very near future!