My music is an ongoing conversation with, and notes to myself, inside prayers to my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Sometimes it’s observations and commentary but it reflects influences from my life's journey, good and bad, cultural and spiritual; from my grandmother and school teachers to Holy Scriptures and the Church Fathers, to Marcus Garvey, Prophet Gad and Emperor Haile Selassie I, to the good people I meet and even to those who fight against me; you will hear them all in my songs as I sing of life's struggles and of the victory of good over evil and of hope over despair.
As a Jamaican, I listened and danced to Ska, Rocksteady, Roots Reggae, Lovers Rock and Gospel as well as the outside influence of North American Blues, Rock and Roll, RnB, Soul and Pop. Prince Buster, Alton Ellis and Bob Marley were very much a part of my upbringing as much as Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin and Randy Crawford. The songs I perform on stage include covers from Ken Boothe, Bob Marley, Bill Withers, Brook Benton and other greats, alongside my original compositions.
My first release was in 1990 on my own Rising Son label and was a stab at the Lovers Rock style. A few notable people helped with the project, e.g. Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace on drums and Dean Fraser on sax, recorded and mixed at Donovan Germaine Studio. After this I trod through a musical wilderness till a decade later when I met and teamed up with Nucleus Roots in Manchester, UK to come up with some more hard hitting cultural tunes like Run Come Quick and Deep Roots. These tunes, including Step It Up Rasta/Irie Meditation, helped to establish me as a more serious roots reggae artist.
After these successful acknowledgements I immersed myself into a spiritual journey exploring the roots and theology of the Orthodox Church and Faith, returning in 2016 with a tune called Let Your Light Shine featuring on another compilation out of France called Ina Di Radio. That same year Tribe 84 Records out of Poland released State of Mind which was recorded with Nucleus Roots back in 1997 but wasn’t released till 2016.
After Nucleus Roots I worked with Faya Dub and Thierry Negro in 2005 to come up with When The Bread Come Back. This was a fusion of jazz and reggae also featured on Hexagone Riddims compilation in France as a remix and was later given a funk remix by another producer for Villa Saint Michel also in France (2007) on a compilation called Samourai Vill-Du.
Having found a new beatmaker who is producing the sound I would like to represent me, I am now working on an EP with fresh new songs. Meanwhile for the rest of 2018 fans can look out for Burdens, a collab with Mad Calypso Studio and Universal Love Music Works out of Finland; as well as African Union, a 2 track album mixed and arranged by Nick Sasquash of Operation Sound System.
I'm also representing with Grandma's Hands, a cover of a soul classic by Bill Withers in a sort of semi-acoustic roots reggae style, arranged and produced by the great P. Lush of Nucleus Roots for Don Hartley Muzik. Released in July the song is available in all major digital stores and can be added to your playlist on Spotify where you can listen for free.
“My music ... reflects influences from my life's journey, good and bad, cultural and spiritual; from my grandmother and school teachers to Holy Scriptures and the Church Fathers to Marcus Garvey, Prophet Gad and Emperor Haile Selassie I... ”