Jeneile Osborne a.k.a. Queen Omega is a name to be reckoned with in the field of Reggae Music. Hailing from San Fernando, Queen Omega was born to a family of five. Born between four boys, she was given the name Queenie. From a very young age she displayed a passion for singing, and her mother Deborah, on recognizing her talent, encouraged her to pursue a career in music.
She began singing in earnest at kindergarten and continued primary school, where she won Calypso talent competitions over a period of three consecutive years. Her talent was recognized again but this time by one of Trinidad’s leading Soca producers, Kenny Phillips. She worked in his studio as a background vocalist on the tracks of some of the biggest names in Soca music and entered local TV talent shows, never failing to captivate the hearts of audiences with her powerful voice.
Queen Omega also appeared on various stage shows with some of Reggae’s most prominent artists, such as Luciano, Glen Washington, Junior Kelly and Bushman to name but a few. She accomplished all this while she was attending secondary school. Astonished by her versatility, Kenny Phillips invited her on a trip to Jamaica alongside Solomon Band for the Caribbean Music Expo 2000.
During this stage of her life, Queen Omega was undergoing a spiritual transformation. She had chosen to embrace the way of Rastafari, which inspired her to write and sing meaningful, socio-conscious and spiritual music. Later that year, Queen Omega met with the Greenhouse Family, visited London and recorded her self-titled debut album, “Queen Omega”. The album contained favorites such as “Hypocrites and Parasites”, “Warning” featuring Capleton and Sizzla and “All For You”.
Queen Omega’s debut album also featured artists like Archie Wonder and Anthony B. Her second album; “Pure Love” was completed and released in 2002. She returned to Jamaica to perform on “Sum Fest” together with radical Jamaican artist Ninja Man. She later toured England in 2003. Her debut Ariwa album is ” Servant of Jah Army” Recorded between 2003 and 2006 this is a powerful 12 track album featuring Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Leroy Mafia, Black Steel, Dean Fraser, and a host of other reggae luminaries. The first single form this session was the smooth “Works to do”
This album made way for her first European tour, which took in Switzerland, Belgium, Italy (Geel Festival & Rototom Festival), Siberia and France (Jamaican Sunrise Festival). Additionally, Queen Omega has performed at the African Festival in Germany, Sierra Nevada Festival in California, Soca Reggae RiverSplash in Slovenia, Reggae Fest in Serbia and Reggae Festival in Sweden. Queen Omega performed on Tony Rebel’s “Rebel Salute” staged in 2004, which earned a lot of respect for her among the Jamaican audience. She has done opening acts alongside International Reggae Superstars such as Glen Washington, Bushman, Junior Kelly, Luciano, Buju Banton, Jah Mason, Anthony B, Chuck Fender, Richie Spice & Determine just to name a few.
Locally, Queen Omega has performed at; Chaguaramas Mobs 2 (1998 & 2003), Queens Park Savannah for 96.1 & 98.9 FM from 1998 to 2000, Icons of Music 2002 (QPS), Hands Across the Sea 2004 (QPS). Queen Omega’s fourth album entitled “Destiny” is truly amazing and features a dancehall feel with soulful R&B overtones. “Destiny” reveals the depth and evolution of Queen Omega’s cultural music.
Queen Omega is Trinidad’s “Queen Of Reggae” and she is without a doubt, a strong contender for the title “Queen Of Reggae” period. She has a depth of talent whose consistency in the world of Reggae is hard to beat. She has more than demonstrated her talent with four world beating albums. “Destiny” her latest album is one of the best Roots Reggae albums ever recorded. Queen Omega’s destiny as a Rasta Woman is assured in the Reggae World.