When people hear the words ‘child star,’ they generally think of American celebrities such as Michael Jackson, but Jamaica has produced its own share of pint-sized stars over the years. In honour of Child Month 2014, we bring you this list of Jamaican child stars, who have managed to grow from success to success in their chosen fields. Bear in mind that UNICEF defines a ‘child’ as a person up to 18 years of age.
Here is the list of our Top 13 Child Stars That Took Jamaica By Surprise
Many older Jamaicans will remember Alaine as the little girl with the angelic voice from the popular 1990s Victoria Mutual Building Society ad, but she had actually made her debut a few years earlier in the movie Clara’s Heart, starring Whoopi Goldberg and Kathleen Quinlan. Following the VMBS ad, Alaine went on to host a show called ‘Vibrations’ on Jamaica Broadcasting Corporating (JBC) – now Television Jamaica (TVJ).
She was also a part of the Folk Singers. After a stint in banking in the US, Alaine moved back to Jamaica in 2004 and made a huge splash with the hit single No Ordinary Love. Prior to that, she had written songs for a few American artists and sung hooks for Roc-A-Fella rapper (‘Live My Life’) and Def Jam artist Yeo (‘Music Inspired by Scarface’). Alaine has released a slew of hits, including Sacrifice, Heavenly, Rise in Love and You Are Me.