Take Flight on a Reggae Jazz Journey: Our Interview with Jaime Hinckson

*All photos courtesy of and provided by Jaime Hinckson

Reggae music has no limits.  Whether he’s blending the genre with jazz, R&B or pop, Jaime Hinckson’s eloquent and passionate piano melodies soothe listeners everywhere.  At the age of 17, this talented young jazz pianist, from Miami, Florida, had the honor of sharing the stage with musical icons John Legend, Shaggy, Patti LaBelle, Al Green and Air Supply at the 2006 Jamaica Jazz Festival.  Now in his 20s, Jaime’s music has evolved into a unique style that appeals to a broad audience.  It can be heard on his debut album (Take Flight) that features both original songs and various cover tunes of Bruno Mars, John Legend, Bob Marley and Tarrus Riley.  Recently, we got a chance to talk to Jaime about his new album, career highlights, the story behind “Miss Mac” and much more.

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Gyptian ft. Angela Hunte “Vixen”

*All photos courtesy of VP Records, Gyptian & Angela Hunte

Check out Gyptian‘s brand new music video for his latest single, “Vixen”, from his upcoming album Sex, Love & Reggae (VP Records).  The song features songstress, Angela Hunte, who has worked with many reggae artists including Major Lazer and Slightly Stoopid.

What do you think of Gyptian & Angela Hunte’s “Vixen”?  Comment below!

Juno Award-Winning Canadian Artist, Elaine “Lil Bit” Shepherd, Gives Us the Scoop on “Sweet Love”

*All photos courtesy of Elaine Shepherd

Elaine “Lil Bit” Shepherd is one of Canada’s best reggae singers in the music industry today.  Born in Bahrain and raised in Vancouver BC, this soulful songstress won the 2011 Juno Award for Best Reggae Recording for “Likkle But Mi Tallawah” and was nominated again in 2013 for the same award for “Move Ya”.  Her smooth, silky vocal style combined with sweet reggae rhythms continues to capture the hearts of many across the world.  In fact, Elaine has shared the stage with reggae veteran Junior Reid, Biggz General (Bob Marley’s grandson), Dax Lion and Skibu Foster (just to name a few).

Her lover’s rock song, “Sweet Love”, from her debut album “Move Ya” is one of our all-time favorites.  We got a chance to chat with Elaine before she left for her Toronto/Jamaica tour about the story behind the “Sweet Love”:

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UB40 “Every Breath You Take” (The Police Reggae Cover)

*All photos courtesy of UB40

Country/Region: England (Europe)

Everyone knows The Police’s classic hit “Every Breath You Take”; but we bet you have never heard it like this!  Legendary British band, UB40, cleverly transforms the tune into a reggae dance anthem.  Compared to the slow-tempo original, UB40 drives the ballad with upbeat Caribbean drum rhythms and catchy guitar hooks.  The band’s smooth vocals complimented with heavenly saxophone harmonies allow the song to soar to new heights!  We won’t spoil it for you any longer, just take a listen.

How do you like UB40’s version of “Every Breath You Take”?  Which version do you prefer?  Comment below!

Kenya Meets Jamaica: Wyre ft. Alaine “NAKUPENDA PIA (I Love You Too)”

*All photos courtesy of Wyre and Alaine

Check out Wyre’s brand new jam  “NAKUPENDA PIA” (which means “I Love You Too” in Swahili).  This sensual single features Jamaica’s sexy Alaine who has collaborated with countless artists including Shaggy, Christopher Martin and more.  “NAKUPENDA PIA” fuses reggae and South African pop to create a wicked world sound!  Wyre and Alaine’s duet demonstrates how reggae music unites artists of all countries regardless of culture or language.

What do you think of “NAKUPENDA PIA”?  Comment below!

A New Day Dawns for Gentleman: German Reggae Star Promotes Positivity on New Album

Gentleman's new album is now available digitally on iTunes and Amazon.

Gentleman’s new album is now available digitally on iTunes and Amazon.

*Photos courtesy of Gentleman

Everyone’s favorite German reggae superstar, Gentleman, returns this summer with his latest release New Day Dawn (Republic Records).  On his new album, Gentleman incorporates his signature “singjay” (singing and DJing) vocal style with roots reggae, progressive electronic dancehall, pop and hip-hop.  His fiery, rhythmic reggae resonates within your soul as his powerful lyrics promote positivity and conscious vibes.

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Morgan Heritage Returns with “Perfect Love Song”

*Photos courtesy of Morgan Heritage and VP Records

The “Royal Family of Reggae” Morgan Heritage has returned!  That’s right … Peetah, Gramps, Una, Lukes and Mr. Mojo Morgan are all back  and sound tighter than ever.  The band signature reggae style mixes roots, R&B, dancehall and of course lover’s rock.  “Perfect Love Song”is filled with mollifying melodies and heavenly harmonies that are sexy enough to serenade your significant other.  Peetah and Gramps lead the group with passionate vocals as Lukes, Una and Mr. Mojo supply the warm musical tones, textures and rhythms.  Morgan Heritage definitely knows how to start the summer right!

“Perfect Love Song” is their first single off their upcoming summer album, Here Come The Kings (available June 11th on VP Records).

How do you like Morgan Heritage’s new song?  Comment below!

Cardiac Keys Riddim Mix [May 2013] Produced by CR203 Records

Produced by CR203 Records

Produced by CR203 Records

Check out the Cardiac Keys Riddim (produced by Cr203 Records).  This romantic one drop lover’s rock riddim features:

Jah Cure – Stronger Than Before
Christopher Martin – Reggae Road Block
Romain Virgo – My Word
Ce’Cile – Read No Book
Tifa – Fairy Tale
Alaine – What A Lot Of Love
Voicemail – How Is It To Love
Christopher Martin – I’m There

*Photo courtesy of CR203 Records

What do you think of the Cardiac Keys Riddim?  Comment below! 

Our Interview with Conkarah: Jamaica’s Positive Reggae Sensation

Performing live at Jamaica's Reggae Sumfest 2012

Performing live at Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest 2012

If you’re seeking “feel good” music, look no further than Jamaica’s talented reggae singer, Conkarah.  With hits like “Forever”, “Draw You Close”, “Addicted”, “Island Girl” and “No Barbershop”, Conkarah is no stranger to the music industry.  In fact, he performed at last year’s Reggae Sumfest 2012 alongside Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Bunny Wailer (of Bob Marley & the Wailers) and many more.  We got a chance to sit down with Conkarah and discuss his music, inspiration, goals and the global success of reggae music.

For those not familiar with you, can you briefly tell us how your musical career began?

“I was walking through one of the halls at my university and walked past a choir rehearsal.  It was fantastic!  From the harmonies to the tonality, I said to myself ‘I have to audition’.  The very next day, I did just that and earned a spot with the bass/baritones.  After my first choir practice, it was a wrap.  I knew I’d never be truly happy doing anything else but music, and it’s been an exciting journey ever since.”

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J Boog’s Rise to the Top

J Boog Solo Stage

J Boog has gained popularity across the world

When you collaborate with famous artists like Tarrus Riley and Peetah Morgan (of Morgan Heritage), you know you’ve reached reggae super-stardom.  If you haven’t heard of J Boog yet, then you’ve been missing out.  He blends both Hawaiian and Jamaican reggae to create his own tropical style. Not only has Boog gained respect amongst the reggae elite, but he has also gained popularity all over North America, the Caribbean and Oceania.

J Boog was born in Long Beach, California, but grew up in the rough neighborhood of Compton, CA.  His loving family kept him in line and off the streets by instilling a strong awareness of Samoan culture and tradition.   He was soon to discover music at an early age and it would change his life forever.

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