Our most prolific artist”

— Paul Nucleus

Don Hartley

Don Hartley is an independent solo recording artist who writes his own material within the roots reggae genre. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, his musical journey has acquired him some of the most philosophical roots anthems that easily recommend him as a truly unique purveyor of the genre.  

With a career spanning three decades he has successfully teamed up with the likes of Manchester UK's, Nucleus Roots and Faya Dub out of Paris to produce some of the most off the wall roots and reggae classics.  

He is widely known for tunes that range from the hard pounding steppers, Run Come Quick, and the steady rocking Deep Roots, Irie Meditation and Step It Up Rasta, to the punky, jazzy reggae of When The Bread Come Back (remixed twice 2005 & 2008 and appearing on two different compilation CDs as well as the original). Deep Roots was also remixed and released September 2013 on Partial Records label attesting to the enduring quality of the music and its popularity with the roots reggae fans. 


1. "Let Your Light Shine", a joint production with Guillaurme LeToux of Creation Fam Hi Fi, recorded and mixed in France released June 2016 on a CD compilation entitled Ina Di Radio  

2. "State of Mind", Produced by Nucleus Roots (2000), released Dec 2016 by Tribe 84 Records

His latest project co-produced and arranged by Nucleus Roots for Don Hartley Muzik, is a cover of Bill Withers' original entitled Grandma's Hands due out and in stores July 23. Don says it's a tribute to his late grandma and dedicates it to all grandmas too.

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