SBTV founder and music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards dies aged 31

Iconic entrepreneur and SBTV founder Jamal Edwards has sadly passed away at the age of 31.

Jamal Edwards’ company confirmed his death at BBC today (February 20).

Jamal Edwards became a prominent figure in the music world after establishing his pioneering channel SBTV in 2006. With series such as A64 and F64, SBTV quickly became the go-to place for music lovers and the channel helped launch the career countless artists, including Ed Sheeran.

In 2014, Jamal received an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honors List for his work in music and for rocking the UK scene with SBTV. In addition to his MBE, Jamal has received various other awards during his career, including Best New Startup from Virgin Media in 2012, which struck up a friendship with billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson.

Away from music, Jamal has also been successful in many other industries. He teamed up with Topman – where he previously worked as a sales assistant – to create an exclusive collection and in 2013 he released his e-book, Self-Belief: The Vision: How to Succeed on Your Own Terms – which was the best-selling e-book series at the time of its launch.

He has also been an ambassador for several companies and organizations, including Mercedes-Benz, Google Pixel and The Prince’s Trust.

Throughout his career Jamal has continued to give back and in 2019 he founded Jamal Edwards Delve (JED) – a grassroots youth charity providing young people in Ealing with opportunities to learn, work and to log in.

Despite all of his successes, awards and connections, Jamal Edwards has continued to support and discover new artists, most recently launching his groundbreaking app 8BARS. His recent music work also includes making the videos for Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” remix and Fireboy’s “Peru” remix.

As a pioneer of the scene, Jamal Edwards touched the lives of many celebrities and his passing shocked and saddened many.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jamal’s family and friends at this difficult time.