Maverick was born Joseph Burnett on March 21, 1983 in Mandeville, Manchester and grew up in Windsor, St. Elizabeth. He is a Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall artiste and songwriter. His school years saw him attending Windsor Basic, Siloah Primary, Munro College and St. Andrews Presbyterian College. The self proclaimed ‘conscious’ artiste describes his music as dancehall music with a cultural message coming from the soul. This was duly expressed in “Woman Hold Her Head and Cry”, a remake of the Bob Marley classic released by Young Veterans. Follow up songs such as “Show Some Love” featuring Sizzla and “Days Like This” were to be kept in the same vein.
Maverick developed an early love of the music but did not start to write his own lyrics until he was sixteen. Inspired mostly by Bounty Killer and Buju Banton, Maverick developed his music to express the thoughts and emotions of the mass of his fellow citizens, the poorer class. In 2005 after a short but enlightening college experience, he returned to Jamaica and teamed up with high school friend Sekou Davis to continue his musical journey.
Sekou then linked up with fellow music producer, Sheldon Pennicott, and Young Veterans Music label was formed. For Maverick, it has been a work in progress since then. He has however managed to keep the music population in tuned with songs such as “Keep Working” on the Jah Protect Riddim, “Been Away” on the Dream Days Riddim and “So Long” featuring Stratdon. The first track off his highly anticipated debut album “The Story Of A Country Boy” is set to be released in July. It has definitely been a long time coming.