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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Maxi Priest Returns and Proves He’s Still ‘Easy To Love’!

Maxi Priest returns this summer with "Easy to Love"!

Maxi Priest returns this summer with “Easy to Love”!

*Photo courtesy of Maxi Priest

Country/Region: England (Europe) 

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from everyone’s favorite British lover’s rock crooner, who mixes R&B, pop, soul and reggae all into his own style.  Maxi Priest returns with his feel-good,  summer jam “Easy to Love” (VP Records).  This catchy contemporary tune’s relaxing rhythms, mollifying melodies  and smooth harmonies blend effortlessly to create the perfect sun-splashed summer anthem!

What do you think of Maxi’s Priest’s “Easy to Love”?  Comment below!

NBC’s The Voice Star Brings Soulful Pop-Reggae to the World: Our Interview with Naia Kete

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NBC The Voice’s star, Naia Kete

After appearing on NBC’s hit show, The Voice, Naia Kete’s musical career has continued to blossom.  This bright, young singer/songwriter from Massachusetts, best known for her signature style of soulful pop-reggae with a hint of jazz, has been working with great artists such as Colbie Caillat and Linda Perry on her brand new EP, Fire Breather (digital version now available).  In addition to writing her original music, she also arranges impressive reggae covers of pop songs on her You Tube Channel.

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Catch Naia performing live this summer at various festivals!

When she’s not in the studio, you can catch Naia Kete doing what she does best – performing live!  Recently, Naia performed the Monterey Bay Reggaefest that featured artists and bands like Rebelution, Slightly Stupid, Collie Buddz and Matisyahu.  She’ll be back on tour this summer and will appear at various music festivals.

We caught up with Naia to talk about her experience on The Voice, her new EP and much more!

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Reggae’s Multi-Talented Musician: Our Interview with Bryan Art

Bryan Art Album

Check out Bryan Art’s debut album featuring collaborations with Queen Ifrica, Warrior King, Capleton and Hawkeye (2013 VP Records Associated Label Group – VPAL)

Singer, songwriter, musician, bandleader and touring veteran Bryan Art is no stranger to the music scene.  This Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts alum has toured as a guitarist for Luciano, Sizzla and Mikey General.  In addition to being a band member, Bryan has been the co-founder and band leader for Bushman’s touring band, Grassroots.  Not only can he perform, but he can compose as well; Bryan has penned songs for reggae crooners George Nooks, Singing Melody, Bushman, Luciano and Etana.

Now in 2013, he has emerged as a successful solo artist and earned a distribution deal with VP Records Associated Label Group (VPAL).  His impressive debut album features collaborations with reggae heavy hitters such as Queen Ifrica, Warrior King, Capleton and Hawkeye.  We recently talked with Bryan about his new album, his 2012 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival performance and his future plans.

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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!

Katchafire “Best So Far”: New Zealand Reggae Veterans Release Greatest Hits Album on VP Records

Katchafire - The Best So Far

“Best So Far” available now on VP Records

*Photo courtesy of VP Records

With over a decade of hits in the South Pacific, legendary New Zealand reggae band, Katchafire, has released their greatest hits album, “Best So Far” (VP Records).  The record features their most popular songs from the early 2000s to the present.  Katchafire’s signature roots, culture and lover’s rock sound has influenced many of today’s popular Hawaiian and Californian reggae bands, including Common Kings, The Green and The Hot Rain Band.

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