Sanchez returns like a general By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer
IT has been 25 years since singer Sanchez first entered reggae charts with the massive hit, Loneliness. After an extended break from the scene, he returns with a new song and album.
Like a General is Sanchez' first album in three years. His previous set, Love You More, was a collection of cover songs
The new album will be promoted and distributed by New Millionaire Entertainment, based in New Castle, Delaware. The company is run by Jamaicans Clinton Garibaldi and Dave Grant.
Significantly, New Millionaire Entertainment has a distribution agreement with iNgrooves Fontana/Universal Music Group. For Sanchez, who has worked with several independent record labels, the link with a major distributor is overdue.
"It's what I have been waiting for since I have been singing. I have never been approached by a major company so it means the world to me," he told the Jamaica Observer from his home in Atlanta, Georgia.
Another first for the 49-year-old vocalist is the role of producer. Sanchez directed the 16 songs on Like A General which includes Him Buy You a Drink, the lead track.
He says the time was right to call the shots after years working with various producers.
"I think I've grown tremendously as an artiste and a singer. I used to strain to take certain notes but that's not the case anymore, and I get to show that on the album," he said.
Like A General contains other originals such as Nuh Kotch and the gospel song I Feel Good. There are four covers including The Beatles' Hey Jude and Neither One of Us, originally done by Gladys Knight and the Pips.
Some of Sanchez' biggest hits have been covers including Loneliness, which was a minor hit for Jermaine Jackson.
Produced by Winston Riley, Loneliness announced Sanchez as an emerging talent in 1988, one year after he recorded his first song for producer Hugh 'Redman' James.
His take on Larry Graham's One In a Million You, Skeeter Davis' End Of The World and So Amazing by Luther Vandross (done with deejay Flourgon)kept Sanchez in the charts and made him one of dancehall's top acts.
Though he points out that his biggest hits (Never Dis The Man, I Can't Wait) are originals, Sanchez admits his image as a cover singer has hurt him.
"At the same time I don't think it takes away from you as an artiste. Many people have won Grammy awards doing covers," he reasoned.
Like A General is tentatively scheduled for release in January.
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THE MARLEY-OWNED LABEL, GHETTO YOUTHS INTERNATIONAL, ANNOUNCES THE SET UP SHOP TOUR A U.S. Pacific Coast Run in June Featuring Wayne Marshall, Jo Mersa, Christopher Ellis, Black-Am-I Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Stephen "Ragga" Marley
(Top row from L to R is Julian Marley, Black-Am-I, Wayne Marshall and Christopher Ellis. Front row from L to R is Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Stephen "Ragga" Marley and Jo Mersa.)
Ghetto Youths International is proud to announce U.S. dates for the Set Up Shop Tour. The Pacific Coast run – spanning Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada – will feature performances by rising Ghetto Youths Crew members Wayne Marshall, Jo Mersa, Black-Am-I and Christopher Ellis along with reggae heavyweights Damian "Jr Gong" and Stephen "Ragga" Marley.
The two-week stint will kick off Friday, June 14 in Maui at the Republik Music Festival (with island hops to Honolulu, Oahu and Kauai the following days) and come to a close on Tuesday, July 2 on their third sold-out night at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA. In between, the crew will make stops at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in Boonville, CA and more. See full tour schedule below.
Ghetto Youths International is the family-owned record label incorporated in 2002 by Bob Marley's sons Julian, Stephen and Damian. The entity allows the brothers to work closely with each other on musical collaborations and release a catalogue of works featuring a new crop of artists as well as their own material.
The Set Up Shop Tour will support their recent compilation Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Vol. 1, released in February on the Ghetto Youths imprint. The 14-track compilation features the talented Ghetto Youths International artists including Jo Mersa, Wayne Marshall, Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis, Stephen "Ragga" Marley, Julian Marley and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and many more. The album peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart and the U.S. and Japan iTunes Reggae Album chart. Set Up Shop Vol 1. also landed the # 2 spot on iTunes Reggae Album chart in the United Kingdom.
The Ghetto Youths movement will continue this summer with solo projects from the crew's next generation of Jamaican reggae stars. The multi-faceted dancehall artist and songwriter Wayne Marshall is set to release his GYI debut album TRU Colors, and the album's explosive single "I Know" (produced by Damian Marley and Sean “Young Pow” Diedrick) recently bursted on the scene. New EPs will follow from the culturally-inclined reggae singjay Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis (the youngest son of legendary Jamaican vocalist Alton Ellis) and Jo Mersa (the second-generation offspring of Bob Marley and eldest son of Stephen "Ragga" Marley).
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U.S. Tour Dates:
Fri. Jun.14 @ MACC in Kahului, HI *
Sat. Jun.15 @ Kaka'ako Waterfront Park in Honolulu, HI *
Sun. Jun.16 @ Kilohana in Kauai, HI *
Wed. Jun. 19 @ Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA
Fri. Jun 21 @ Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene, OR
Sat. Jun. 22 @ Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in Boonville, CA
Sun. Jun. 23 @ Avila Beach Resort in Avila Beach, CA
Tue. Jun. 25 @ Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA ^
Wed. Jun. 26 @ Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA ^
Fri. Jun. 28 @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Sound Waves Pool Stage in Las Vegas, NV
Sat. Jun. 29 @ Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA
Sun. Jun. 30 @ Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA
Tue. Jul. 2 @ Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA ^
* Dates without Stephen "Ragga" Marley
^ Dates are sold out
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GYPTIAN UNLEASHES HIS BRAND NEW VIDEO "NON STOP"
Gyptian works around the clock nonstop. To gear up for the summer release of his anticipated fifth album Sex, Love and Reggae, the reggae star has been releasing a series of music videos. He has already unleashed visuals for the album's first single
The enigmatic singer also recorded a wicked freestyle with Snoop Lion on Randy's Radio at VP Records retail store in Queens, NY.
"Non Stop," directed by Keon Vybz, is next in line. The song is produced by Randayne "J4" Jagan and Shomani "DJ Kitt" Hayles for JK4 Music Group and will be featured on his upcoming album and the Ragga Ragga Ragga 2013 compilation, available May 28th on VP/Greensleeves.
Check out the exclusive video premiere of "Non Stop" today on VIBE.com:
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Gyptian's new album Sex, Love and Reggae is scheduled to drop in August on VP Records. The new album features all star production by Diplo, Jerry Wonder, Linton "TJ" White, JusBus, Stanley "Rellee" Hayden, Shane Brown and more. Sex, Love and Reggae is the follow up to his critically-acclaimed Billboard Top 200 album Hold You. That breakthrough album featured the title-track smash "Hold You" which is still is bumping in cars, clubs and boomboxes to this day. The song (produced by Ricky Blaze) sold over a half a million digital downloads, led to a stellar remix with Nicki Minaj, dominated rhythmic radio in 2010 (chosen as NYC's HOT 97 FM #2 Song of The Year) and led to him earning the year’s MOBO and Soul Train Award for Best Reggae Artist.
NATURAL BLACK WILL NOT BE ON REGGAE JAM 2013 IN GERMANY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Artist Asks Concert Promoters to Apologize to Fans and Industry for Misleading Them
New York, NY (Triple T Production) – Conscious reggae artist Natural Black wishes to inform fans and the reggae fraternity that he will not be appearing as advertised on Reggae Jam 2013 in Germany, from August 2-4, 2013. The artist and his management have no contractual agreement for this event, and have never received a deposit from concert promoters, to date. The artist and his management are asking for the Reggae Jam concert promoters to apologize to fans and the industry for misleading them. Natural Black’s official booking agency, Triple T Production, has made the promoters aware they are falsely advertising Natural Black, whereby the concert organizers say they receive a verbal commitment from a third-party in Jamaica, but cannot present Triple T Production with a signed booking agreement on the artist’s behalf, nor can they provide any deposit details as no payment was ever made to the artist, to retain him for this concert. Triple T Production urges promoters to work with established booking and management agencies, and to also make sure contracts are signed by both parties for any transaction involving an artist. “Natural Black wants his fans and the industry to understand he was never booked for this event,” states Tasz Smith, CEO of Triple T Production. “We’re very sorry he’s missing them at this particular event, but we plan to do a European tour and hope they will come out to see him then. Hopefully he will be booked officially forReggae Jam in the future, in the proper manner so it can happen.” Natural Black has been experiencing a tremendous ride on the reggae wave, receiving a warm welcome from fans around the world since reclaiming his roots and taking the reigns of conscious reggae music. His recently released not one but five new singles - "I'm On My Way," "Natural Chronix," "Who Cares For Me," "Don't Play With My Heart" and "Party Truck," and recently shot music videos for the latter two in New York City. Fans can see this vibrant, uplifting artist live in action on many upcoming international music festivals, including Reggae On The River on August 3, 2013 in California, backed by his full band. He recently performed in Los Angeles in early April, and will be live in New Jersey on April 28, and is also scheduled to embark on a UK tour in May 2013, kicking off the touring season on a very high note. Please direct all management and booking inquiries for Natural Black to Tasz Smith of Triple T Production at 917-617-0874 or email@example.com.