Jamal Ahmad is an award-winning, 26 year on-air radio veteran, with extensive experience in the music industry and a passion for fostering change and positive thinking, utilizing the power of music. A native of Atlanta and alum of Morehouse College, he has been cited as an integral member of the city of Atlanta’s cultural community. Through his show, S.O.U.L. on Jazz 91.9FM WCLK Atlanta, Ahmad has broken many of the major voices in modern soul and jazz for close to a quarter of a century. At the age of 21, while still a student at Morehouse, Ahmad started the artistic collective/record label, The Groovement and Earthseed Records.
Serving as head of A&R, Ahmad helped launch the careers of artists such as India.Arie, Anthony David, Donnie, Avery Sunshine, Khari Cabral Simmons and more. He has also worked extensively in the world of marketing/promotion while working with companies like Carole H. Williams, Burrell Communications, GTM, Synergy Marketing and Anderson Communications. Clients include the Truth Campaign, US Army, Adidas, Proctor & Gamble and others. In 2000, he was selected from a pool of thousands, to co-host the nationally syndicated show, Truth FM, which aired on the top 10 urban stations in the US.
His show is now nationally syndicated in over 20 markets across America, through the African American Public Radio Consortium and he currently hosts the afternoon drive programs simultaneously in Atlanta on 91.9FM and KPVU 91.3FM in Houston, as well as fill in work for Jazz FM in London. He is also a programming consultant for Prairie View A&M University and KPVU 91.3 and Jazz FM in London. Ahmad is a regular commentator on NPR and has been featured in the Diary Of A Decade:The Funk Jazz Kafe Story and on BET for India.Arie’s special, Being. He helped pitch/produce the special “Atlanta Soul Reborn” on the legendary NPR program “All Things Considered”.
Ahmad is also the founder/producer/member of the Atlanta-based music collective, The Dangerfeel Newbies, who have received praise from the likes of Marcus Miller, Lonnie Liston Smith, Jellybean Benitez, Questlove & Najee. As founder/owner of Paradigm World Productions, he has secured them international licensing in Japan through the Tokyo-based label, Sweet Soul Records and in Europe through one of the biggest global dance labels, Defected Records. He also secured the band a television placement on the hit BET show, Being Mary Jane.
He has produced events like the Atlanta Soul Weekender at The Jazz Cafe in London, the all-star tribute for the 40th Anniversary Of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and tribute’s to Donny Hathaway, Lil Louis, Salsoul Records and the house music genre. He is also an in-demand host, who is a regular on the much lauded Capital Jazz Supercruise. His awards include: Cultural Warrior Award for The National Black Arts Festival, HBCU.net Masterpiece Of The Year Award, first recipient of the Romar Academy Distinguished Alumni Award, City Of Atlanta Proclamation sponsored and presented by then council President Ceasar Mitchell, two time recipient of Creative Loafing’s Best Radio DJ, Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Best Afternoon Drive Host(resulting in a historic landslide vote via readers) and others.