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Keja ‘Tall Up’ Christie was famous as a dancer after winning the 2013 International Dancehall Queen Competition at the Montego Bay Pier One. Since then, life has been nothing short of an adventure for the dancer-turned-singjay. She has become one of the most sought-after performers for her dancing in music videos and stage shows, leaving the confident entertainer to conclude that in this new direction as a singjay, she is bound to reap just as much, or even more success.
She has already released a few songs that are already making the rounds on several major radio stations in Jamaica, Africa, France, Italy, Switzerland, Trinidad, Barbados, Japan as well as parts of the US. So far, her most popular of the lot has been her super catchy song, ‘Rocking Dolly’, which, by all indications, is bound to rocket her on to the dancehall scene as a force to be reckoned with.
Considering that this is a new venture, you can imagine her surprise when her video for Rocking Dolly, which was released just last week, amassed over 10,000 views on YouTube, and that number keeps on climbing. There is nowhere to go but up for the Glendevon resident and former Herbert Morrison Technical High School student athlete, who could tell, even then while dominating athletic events, that she was meant to have a future in entertainment. She was, however, singularly focused on athletics, until friends and family members began nudging her onto the path of becoming an entertainer. After ignoring her calling long enough, she soon found herself on a crash course with those ambitions, and when she could no longer outrun it, she yielded to those desires, and decided to take it seriously. “I’ve been to the Lincoln University in the USA to pursue studies in Physical Education, but even then, I knew that music was what I wanted to do. Now, things are looking up in that direction, very encouraging, so I have decided to put my all into it,” said a proud Christie, who is now embracing her peculiar stage name, Tall Up.
In her young, blossoming career, Christie has appeared on ‘Wuk Fah Thursdays’, where she was given her big break by Trophy Sniper, where she absolutely smashed that debut. That’s not all for the ambitious Christie. She has also appeared on Beenie Man’s Summer Sizzle stage show, Boom Sunday, Uptown Monday, Phucket Party, and other shows in Miami and Mississippi in the US.
She is no stranger to hard work, so it is only a matter of time before you will not be escape the seductive and hard-to-ignore sounds of Christie.