Singer/Songwriter Ephrem Jonathan Ocalia pka Ephrem J, was born and raised in Curaçao, a multicultural, multilingual nation off the coast of Venezuela. Though Curaçao’s population is only about 141,000, the island boasts its own exotic musical styles, including the world-renown Tumba. Ephrem is a star in his country, and performs nightly as well as representing the local telephone company as their sponsor. An avid listener of R & B and Gospel music, he allows elements of American music to fluidly spill over into his performances. Ephrem has discovered a great love in Bachata, where he adds his signature, personal touch with his unique melting pot of influences. Signed to Mayimba Music, Ephrem’s debut single charted at 15 on Billboard tropical. His debut album will release in 2012.