Young and creatively gifted, Ishan
Morris a.k.a iSH, might not be from Cayman but his latest breakout video
release, Priceless, is helping put 345 and Grand Cayman on the music map.
The twentysomething Canadian actor
and musician last week launched the three-and-a-half minute video for the track
on YouTube, which will be the first single on his debut album – The First Impression
– due for release on the Northern Heights Records label later this year.
The beautifully packaged video was
shot on location in Grand Cayman in July, and it’s a superb foil for the
track’s catchy lyrics and iSH’s own stylistic pop/R&B and Hip Hop blend. It
has already received a lot of buzz on Twitter and was picked “up this week by
Much Music, Canada’s version of MTV. Using locations like Cemetery Beach and
Spotts Beach public dock, the shoot took a week and presents the island in a
According to the singer/songwriter,
Grand Cayman was the obvious location choice given the song’s breezy lyrics and
his great fondness for the island.
“Grand Cayman was my first choice
of location and it worked out superbly despite the sporadic downpours… It was
the best match for the song and also gave me the chance to catch up on many
friends I’ve still got there.”
“I lived in George Town a decade
ago and still hold Cayman close to my heart,” he said.
Brought to the island by his mother
– the museum conservator Mary Peever – as a youth, iSH spent four “happy years”
here attending George Hicks, and Cayman Prep and following a year back in
Canada, John Gray High School.
The video, as well as highlighting
iSH’s vocal talents, also showcases the Torontonian’s acting chops.
Aside from being a
singer/songwriter, iSH is also an actor. His credits include playing Alex in
the forthcoming SAW VII movie, which is out in 3D next month, and Malcolm pop
singer Keshia Chante’s brother in Soul, which ran for a season on Vision TV.
No stranger to musical success,
iSH’s first ever recording Alright featured in several episodes of Soul Food,
and his mixed tape – Hustle to be Free – a digital release in May on YouTube
also earned rave reviews. Both were directed by Grandfather & Son.
“The Internet in general has played
the biggest hand in where I am in [my] music [career],” acknowledged iSH.
“It has created a ripple effect
when bloggers post my videos others follow suit. On Twitter when I put out a
song people re-tweet to their friends and followers… As a result my work is
being listened to around the world.”
Music, acting and Quincy Bones
The full-time actor/musician enjoys
straddling both disciplines and even does voice-overs, including the latest
Taco Bell, MacDonald’s and Bell Communications campaigns. Having left Cayman
and returned to Toronto to attend Grade 12, he later auditioned and was
accepted at the world famous American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York
“Attending school in there was a
bit of a culture shock,” he says, but he “welcomed the challenge of living and
studying in such a big and diverse city.”
The experience helped catapult him
into what is proving to be a richly rewarding career path. Two years studying
theatre and film in New York not only gave him a solid grounding in his craft,
but also gave him the confidence to pursue his dreams of making a living as an
actor and musician.
“My acting runs tandem to making
music,” he said. “I hope I never have to choose between them. They complement
each other… The thing I like about music is that I get to explore my
creativity on my own terms, whereas with acting you have to audition and book
the job, though getting to play characters so different from myself is also
rewarding,” he added.
“I’ve been lucky enough to always
have had something on the go,” he said of career so far.
He credits his wide-ranging musical
tastes to his childhood, which was greatly influence by his mother’s love of
The Beatles, reggae giants like Jimmy Cliff, and folk music, and to the musical
genes inherited from his father, reggae musician Ras Lee, a 1986 Juno nominee.
“I guess I’m part of the Shuffle
Generation. I like to dip into particular tracks rather than consciously listen
to a whole album”.
iSH, riding high on the success of
his Priceless video, is already planning a return trip to his former island
home for a spot of R&R.
“I’m definitely planning to come
back in the near future,” he said. “Grand Cayman is such a special place and
definitely helped shaped the entertainer that I’ve become.”
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