Jean-Michel Soupraya is a French record producer, music conductor, musical arranger, film composer and musician. Often referred to as "The Next Quincy Jones", Jean-Michel is noted for his talent at piano and keyboard and unique eclectic musical abilities. He has been heavily influenced by his time spent in the West Indies where he was surrounded by percussions, marimbas, singers, dancers, carnivals, etc. Using his extensive composition skills throughout his earlier years in Paris, France, Jean-Michel Soupraya became much in demand as a keyboardist for Zionbar, an international reggae band, and collaborated on many projects with the brilliant bassist Guy Nsangue (major collaborator with Jean-Luc Ponty), Lenny Waronker who ran DreamWorks Records with Mo Ostin since 1996, popular rappers Tonton David and MC Solaar,Tim Young, Mick Guzauski of Barking Dog Recording, Henri Gravier(collaborator with Michel Legrand), Luck Mervil, Greg Calbi, Malcolm Pollack, Dave Aron (collaborator with artists Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, and Prince), Curtis King(who worked with the late Serge Gainsbourg) and Abraham Laboriel who is known for working with a myriad of artists such as Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Barbara Streisand.
During his youth, Soupraya was a dedicated soccer player. But at the age of twelve he sustained a paralyzing injury that nearly disabled him permanently. After having been sent to a special children's hospital in Paris, his mother introduced him to music by bringing him keyboards. In desperation, she looked to the power of music to heal him. During this two year convalescence, Jean-Michel became a self-taught master of the keyboard and walked out of the hospital despite a grim initial prognosis.
In his early teens, Soupraya attended boarding school in Le Mans, France where his popularity grew with self-inspired concerts. Discovering another passion, Soupraya also taught himself how to read, write, and compose music. He dedicated himself to this same process with every instrument from Trombone to Voice.
Soupraya spent five years under contract at television channel France 2, composing the music for several popular television shows. In addition, he has created music for movies, the stage, orchestras, and video games. A song he composed called "Tenderness" (sung in French) made it to the Eurovision 2000 competition finals. Soupraya then debuted "L'enfant du monde", a multicultural album in Montreal. He began working between London, New York, Paris and Montreal - uniting musicians from all four countries.
In 2000, Jean-Michel discovered and partnered with Lea Jones, a Parisian born singer, who gained recognition and an international following, singing in English, French, Italian and Spanish. After appearing in Eurovision television contest at "L'Olympia," the largest concert hall in Paris, Jean-Michel produced her debut album "Desire" to glowing reviews pairing her with top musicians in New York, Paris, and Montreal. The second Lea Jones album, "Lucky Boy", produced by Soupraya in the U.S., was also critically received encouragingly well. Soupraya created JMWest Entertainment label in 2006, devoting himself to the development and production of multiple artists.
Once captured by Hollywood, Soupraya settled in Beverly Hills, where he currently resides and operates both JMWest Entertainment and JMWest LIVE! He has amassed a library of over 500 titles of jazz, dance, ambiance, pop, rock, orchestral, jingles, beats, scores, etc., all of which is unencumbered. Soupraya currently splits his creative time between composing music and film scores, collaborating with existing artists and producers, and developing signed talent.
In 2005 Jean-Michel Soupraya produced the new CD single—HOPE—for JMWest Records, performed by Lea Jones with Abraham Laboriel, Luis Conte, Tom Walsh, Franck Gelibert, JD Daniel, Dave Aron and others. Title song lyrics were by Solomon J. LeFlore for the documentary produced by Solomon J. LeFlore and Susan Gee to benefit the Mary Ellen Gerber (M.E.G.) Foundation about the devastating 1999 Orissa, India cyclone and the 2004 Indonesian tsunami and the foundation started by Mary Ellen Gerber to "nurture children in need."
Soupraya began JMWest LIVE! In 2010 as an altruistic effort to provide up and coming artists (musicians, singers, songwriters, AND production team) with an affordable forum with which to introduce themselves to the industry. These efforts are reflected and can be supported at http://www.jmwestlive.com/.
- 1997 Jean-Michel Soupraya creates JMWest Records
- 1998 Joint Venture with the Canadian Label “Black Light Production”
- 1999 First Realization of “Children of the World” with Canadian and French Artists
- 2000 Eurovision contest. Jenny Zana
- 2001 Production agreement with Patrick Geindre to develop and internationalize the company and the artists
- 2002 Realization of the album “Desire” for Lea Jones in New York
- 2004 Creation of JMWest Records USA
- 2004 Joint Venture with Solomon J. LeFlore
- 2005 Realization of the song “HOPE” with Lea Jones, Abraham Laboriel for the Katrina victims through MEG Foundation -
- 2005 Development of what would later become the JMWest Entertainment Duplication Division.
- 2006 Creation of JMWest Entertainment LLC, Arrangements, compositions, songwriting, CD/DVD Duplication
- 2007 Development & creation of JMWestEntertainment Duplication Division (http://www.jmwestentertainment.com/)
- 2007 Creation of Lea Jones’ New album LUCKY BOY
- 2008 Development of Music Library to over 400 songs.
- 2009 Development of Music Library to over 500 songs.
- 2009 Entered development contract with Citlalii
- 2010 Started JMWest LIVE!
- 2010 Signed pop artist Citlalii
- 2010 Creation of JMWest LIVE! (http://www.jmwestlive.com/)
- 2010 Signed artist Ruzanna
- 2010 Entered Development contract with Stephanie Quartararo
- 1998: Fleur De Carcassonne (Single)
- 1999: Children of the World
- 2002: Sofie Mazeyrat - "I Can Do It" (Album)
- 2002: Lea Jones - "Desire"
- 2005: Hope (For Katrina)
- 2005: Celeste Lear - "Live Passionately"
- 2007: Lea Jones - "Lucky Boy"
- 2012: Citlalii debut album (In production)
- 2012: RuZANNA debut album (In production)