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Jermain Jackman – Singer, Songwriter, Author & Activist

Jermain Jackman, born and raised in Hackney, combines his musical talent with pursuing his role as an activist. He was crowned winner of BBC’s The Voice UK in 2014, tagged as being the ‘Singing Politician’ by Sir Tom Jones.

Jermain is determined to use his voice as a tool for social change. He is the former chair of Islington’s Fair futures Commission and Hackney Young Futures Commission, former advisor for the National Citizens Service, and now Chair of Black Men For Change, an infrastructure organisation aiming to improve the lives and outcomes of Black boys and men, Board member for IDPAD Hackney centre (International Decade for People of African Descent) and working with the Baobab Foundation, a Black-led funding organisation – He is concerned that too often the voices of the most marginalised of people are ignored. 

As such, Jermain is determined to raise awareness of those feeling disenfranchised and without opportunities, for example, by amplifying and centring their voices as the first step towards finding and delivering solutions that address the complex issues many communities face.

Speaking: Friday Afternoon

14:00 – 16:30

The Friday Takeover powered by The Rio Ferdinand Foundation (RFF) x Warner x Music Against Racism 

In the afternoon, we invite you to a panel discussion, looking at how music can tackle racism + racism and division within the industry. Networking opportunities and a Q&A will round off the day…

Heather Small (Rio Ferdinand Foundation Ambassador)

Jermain Jackman (singer, songwriter, author & activist)

Lord Victor Adebowale (UD Chair)

Joe Kentish (President, Warner Records)

Paul Samuels (VP A&R, Atlantic Records)

Paul Hill (Education Co-ordinator, Show Racism The Red Card)

Moderated by Esi (Kiss)


Joe Kentish – President, Warner Records UK

Jermain Jackman – Singer, Songwriter, Author & Activist