*Photos courtesy of and provided by Rebecca Beralas
Hawaii’s Rebecca Beralas’ has certainly come a long way. From her early days in elementary school, humming her favorite songs, to her later days in her adult years, leading underground reggae bands, Rebecca Beralas has finally released her debut EP album as a solo artist. This incredibly gifted songstress showcases her strong, yet soothing vocals with lyrics that touch on love, empowerment, struggle and self-reflection. Rebecca’s signature sound fuses lovers rock reggae, dub, R&B, pop, island and soul that brings joy to everyone’s ears with her uplifting array of original romantic ballads. Strongly influenced by both Hawaiian and Jamaican reggae, Beralas’ music truly brings positive vibrations from both islands with the power to evoke the happiest memories of your life. With a powerful EP, we cannot wait to hear her full length LP! We recently sat down with Rebecca to discuss her upcoming album, Hawaiian reggae, future live shows and much more.
*All photos courtesy of Conkarah and used with permission.
Who says artists should only hire one producer for their album? If there were a strict rule for that, Conkarah would be a true rebel. On his new EP album, Conkarah To The World, Conkarah embodies the theme of “reggae around the world” to the fullest by collaborating with producers from the United Kingdom, Mexico, USA, Austria, Germany, Australia, India, Poland, France, Indonesia and Jamaica.
Conkarah tells us, “for my new EP album, I wanted to showcase how reggae music has spread worldwide and I’m very proud of the outcome. Each of the producers got to showcase their work and add their own unique flavor to their own riddim for each song. Even though this was all done online, I just love how it has all come together.”
*All photos courtesy of and provided by Golden Chyld
After the success with his previous single, “Joanna Wine”, Canadian-born reggae artist, Golden Chyld, returns with his follow up single “Rise Up”.
This up-tempo, drum-driven reggae anthem flows with conscious lyrics that urges social action. “The single ‘Rise Up’ was one of the core messages I wanted to convey to people for 2014. Irrespective of what you’re going through, rising against all odds and doing your part to make society a better place is always one of the most lasting impacts you can make. That’s what I want to do with my music: leave a lasting impact on fans and society,” Golden Chyld tells us.
What do you think of “Rise Up”? Comment below!
*All photos courtesy of and provided by Million Stylez
Beyoncé, Gentleman and J Boog are just a few names Swedish reggae star, Million Stylez, has collaborated with. Whether it’s R&B, reggae, dancehall or hip-hop, he injects his signature vocal style that is a combination of singing, rapping and deejaying. Although, he’s worked with many artists, Million Stylez maintains a strong solo career and has multiple albums under his belt. His latest EP, Songs About You (2013), showcases his softer side that’s full of positive lover’s rock, one drop riddims. Recently, we caught up with Million Stylez to chat about his upcoming new music, reggae’s popularity in Sweden and much more!
*Photos: Various sources
Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to 2014! Last year was amazing and we look forward to everything 2014 has to offer.
A BIG THANK YOU goes out to Elaine “Lil Bit” Shepherd from Vancouver, B.C., Canada for the awesome video shout out!
*Photos courtesy of Conkarah and used with permission.
Every so often, there are artists that manage to create their own style; this usually results from the experimentation of combining multiple musical styles outside their comfort zone. Bob Marley and The Wailers, Shaggy and Sean Paul were bold enough to do so and have gained international acclaim.
Conkarah is no different. On his new EP, Loverbwoy/Rudebwoy (produced by Ezra), Conkarah fuses dubstep with reggae and dancehall to create a new style that we call “reggae-step”. On his latest single, “Be Mine”, Conkarah mixes electronic dancehall rhythms, syncopated synth-reggae melodies and dramatic dubstep fader effects to craft this “reggae-step” love anthem. Like most sing-jays, Conkarah switches between his fiery DJ toasting and sweet singing abilities throughout the song’s verses and choruses. Both “Be Mine” and his EP prove that experimentation really does pay off.
What do you think of Conkarah’s “Be Mine” music video? Comment below! Be sure to follow Conkarah on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. You can also download a FREE copy of his new Loverbwoy/Rudebwoy EP on his Facebook page.
*Photos courtesy of Mario Evon & Reynaldo Martin
Have you ever experienced a deep, romantic connection with someone you’ve met for the very first time? Mario Evon sure has; in “Soul Tek”, the reggae-soul singer/songwriter describes his serendipitous encounter with a beautiful girl. According to Mario, soul tek is “the state of being experienced, when the spiritual or immortal part of a human is captivated by the essence of another human upon first exposure. It is often categorized by increased heart rate and an overwhelming desire to access and remain in the company of the other human in order to sustain the connection.”
“Soul Tek”, Mario’s first single off his debut album Reggae-Soul M.E. on Love Volume 1, was recorded at Bob Marley’s legendary Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica with a live band. Evon’s smooth vocals and mollifying melodies create a catchy hook on the chorus:
“Mi soul tek, mi soul tek yu baby
Soul tek to yu nah lie
Mi soul tek, mi soul tek to yu baby
Soul tek to yu cyaan hide”
Sing along as you watch his new music video. What do you think of “Soul Tek”? Comment below! “Soul Tek” is now available on iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. You can follow Mario Evon on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
*All photos courtesy of NBC’s The Voice
Last night on NBC’s The Voice, Jamaica’s pride and joy, Tessanne Chin impressed all four judges (Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton) with her amazing cover of Pink’s pop hit “Try”. All four judges instantly hit their button in excitement to signify they wanted her on their teams. The crowd went wild and as she sang her final note!
After her performance, Adam complimented her by saying, “You can easily win The Voice this year, I don’t have a doubt in mind!” He added that reggae music is his favorite musical genre in the world. After much battling between the judges, Tessanne finally picked Team Adam!
We wish Tessanne Chin all the best of luck this season of The Voice! She could be the first Jamaican in history to win the contest! Go #TeamTessanne! Make sure you vote for her if she makes it to the live shows!
Check out her performance from last night below and also our video of her lover’s rock hit “Family”! What do you think of Tessanne Chin? Comment below!
*All photos courtesy of and provided by Inner Circle
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Inner Circle’s 20 year plus music legacy, let us fill you in. Although they are best known for their hit song “Bad Boys” (which became the iconic theme song for Fox’s TV show Cops), Inner Circle are much more than a television band.
Since the mid-70s, Inner Circle’s blend of reggae, rock and pop have solidified them as one of the first Jamaican reggae bands to crossover to the mainstream American music scene and have shared the stage with pop/rock music icons such as Elton John, Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Van Morrison, Sinead O’Conner, The Black Crowes, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and more. Additionally, this Grammy award-winning band has toured internationally, garnered a global fan base and has sold millions of records worldwide (some of their most notable albums include Bad Boys, Reggae Dancer and Big Tings).
Today, as one of the most esteemed bands in the industry, Inner Circle continues to create music on a daily basis at their own Circle Village recording studio and have collaborated with Damian & Stephen Marley, members of Morgan Heritage , Slightly Stoopid and many others. We caught up with Inner Circle to chat about reggae’s popularity, their new Reggae Wave project, Circle Village Studios and much more.