With traceable roots in the East Coast displayed through his lyrics, Jeremaya (born Christopher Dawson) was born and raised in East Orange, New Jersey. A strong passion for music was placed inside of him inevitably at birth. He grew up enjoying a variety of music styles introduced to him by his mother at an early age. In 1992 at the young age of 11, Jeremaya, inspired by the fresh and highly popular movement of young rappers (including Kris Kross) then decided to become a rapper under the stage name “Hanger.” Influenced by lyrical hip-hop legends such as the late Notorious B.I.G., Jeremaya began developing his rap skills by continuously writing rhymes. He knew he was destined to be a songwriter. In July 1999, Jeremaya moved from New Jersey to Atlanta, Georgia. Shortly after his move, his life transitioned to a new level as he made the decision to give his life to Christ. His ways immediately changed. He dropped the rap name “Hanger” and picked up the new name Jeremaya (which is linked to the biblical prophet Jeremiah). He chose this name after reading about God’s mission for this prophet to bring his people back to him. Jeremaya knew that this was his mission in life as well. In 2007, Jeremaya formed Freedom Music Group, a company that he plans to use to cultivate other artists who have a passion for music. Their first release was Independence Day Vol. 1 mixtape. The new release is Jeremaya's debut album The Principle which is on iTunes.