The former lead singer of Black Uhuru, with chart topping hits including the monster hits One Blood and This is Why I’m Hot (remix), Junior “One Blood” Reid is a worldwide Reggae/Dancehall Legend, universally loved and respected by fellow artists and fans.
Reid is slated to tour North America in November / December 2010 with his sons, Andrew and Wada Blood. Reid has a new album – Living Legend – which has been completed and is soon to be released. Living Legend features appearances by hot current hip-hop artists such as Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayn, Cool and Dre and Swiss Beat, and the reggae artists Capleton and Andrew and Wada Blood, Reid’s sons.
In 1989, Reid left Black Uhuru and released the One Blood album, whose title track became a worldwide anthem. Reid’s longevity has a lot to do with the timelessness of the song One Blood. This song’s universal message is similar that of Bob Marley’s One Love. The One Blood remix with Game crossed over to hip-hop and urban audiences, leading to a string of hip-hop/ reggae collaborations with the likes of Poor Righteous Teachers, Busta Rhymes, Wu-Tang Clan, Guru’s Jazzmataz, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, Cool and Dre and Snoop Dogg.
Reid has a current video release with Junior Reid and Casidy called I’m so Crazy. His collaboration track Ancient Love on Naz and Junior Gong’s latest CD release has sold phenomenally. Other of his current successful singles include State of Emergency, Love your Brother, These Streets Belongs to Me and I just Love Jamaican Chocolate. Reid has one of the hottest nightclubs in Kingston Jamaica called Junior Reid’s Nightclub, The View and the Spot.
Reid’s video release, The Real O.G. (Jordan Tower Films), was released online on www.worldstarhiphop.com in October 2009 and in the first week he received over eight million views. The Real O.G. song itself was produced by Blackout Movements and JR Records.
Andrew and Wada Blood, have been rapidly carving their own lane within the reggae music scene. Their singles, Hustle Til the Day I Die and La La La each received rave reviews in Jamaica, eventually reaching #2 and #1 on the Jamaican Dancehall charts. Their single and video called La La La, soon thereafter came out on the VP Hits Compilation. Andrew and Wada Blood have many more hit tracks including It’s My Time and Rasta Empire. The music video for the single It’s My Time is also loved and requested worldwide. In the live stage show arena, Andrew and Wada Blood are currently performing on all the major festivals in Jamaica
June 2009, Reid kept the successful annual Junior Reid birthday bash at Sugarman Beach in Saint Catherine, Jamaica. He also has a new club in Kingston called The View on the Spot, which is currently one of the most popular gathering places in Kingston.
2007, Junior Reid won three major music awards in Jamaica. November 2007, he was featured on the American Music Awards with Alicia Keys on prime time American television. One Blood was sampled by The Game for It’s Okay, and features Junior on the #1 hit off of The Game’s latest album. Junior is also featured on MMS remix to the chart topping single This is Why I’m Hot. This single was a number one song on the radio and in the clubs, and the video was on heavy rotation on BET. He also featured on a Fabulous track with his song Real Gangster Don’t Play.
July/ August 2008, alongside the Reggae Angels, Junior Reid toured the Western U.S., culminating in top billing backed by Sly and Robbie on the Reggae Rising festival in Humboldt, CA. Shortly thereafter Junior Reid and the Reggae Angels toured Europe, doing most of the major summer festivals in many European countries. Junior returned to the US to headline the Monterey Bay Reggaefest in California. In 2009 he was a top billed artist on The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. .
Junior’s live show is in excellent shape with a repertoire of hit after hit songs. His sons Andrew and Wada Blood are also hot, up front, born and raised in the music business. Junior’s One Blood band is clicking and shocking. Junior Reid, Andrew and Wada Blood and their One Blood band are definitely ready for action.
To date, Jamaican-born singer Junior Reid, a devout Rastafarian regarded by many as a messenger from Jah, is best known for the hit singles Foreign Mind, One Blood, Boom Shak-a-Lak and Listen to the Voices. He also served as the lead singer for the Grammy Award-winning Reggae group Black Uhuru.
Born on the 6th of June, Delroy "Junior" Reid grew up in the Waterhouse district of West Kingston. Junior began his career at an early age, gaining his initial inspiration from a tough upbringing. He recorded his first single, Speak the Truth at age fourteen for the late singer Hugh Mundell. His second release, Know Myself was released in the UK on the flip side of the Hugh Mundell 12 inch, Can’t Pop No Style, on the Greensleeves label. He then went on to form his own band, The Voice of Progress, and after a local hit with Minibus Driver, the group’s success was established with the album of the same name.
At the age of eighteen, Junior was asked to join Black Uhuru as lead singer. The group completed their transformation to international status while he was a member, nominated twice for a Grammy Award in the Reggae category. After many changes in the music business, and an agreed separation among the members of Black Uhuru, Junior returned to the solo arena and started his own production company, J.R. Productions.
Once again a solo artist, Junior recorded a number of songs for J.R. Productions and Sugar Minott's Youth Promotion label, enjoying considerable popularity with tracks such as Human Nature, A-1 Lover, Uplifting and Proud Statement. 1988 saw the release of Junior's first solo album, One Blood. The One Blood single was remixed by Paul "Trouble" Anderson and released worldwide on Big Life/Mercury Records. That track and Long Road received nominations for the prestigious Caribbean Music Awards and the Jamaica Music Industry Awards. He won awards for Best Album, Best Single, Best Song and Most Conscious Lyrics at the Jamaica Music Industry Awards. The follow-up to One Blood was the album Visa, which was distributed by the Greensleeves and Ras labels in addition to his J.R. Productions label.
During his music career Junior Reid has performed around the globe from Bermuda to Japan. He has proven to be a durable and popular entertainer on the world stage. In 1993, after a winning performance in Jamaica at the Montego Bay Superfest, Junior toured Europe alongside Sugar Minott, the 809 Band, and Dub poet Mutabaruka. Junior was also featured in the biggest one-night show in Jamaica, the Sting, from 1996 to ‘98. Following exceptional performances at Sting and other shows, he was offered a starring role in the Jamaican film ‘Klash’, produced by Billy Parker.
In 1997 Junior produced the album True World Order. He performed on the True World Order Tour in the United States and United Kingdom. He also teamed up with Busta Rhymes and Bounty Killa to record the hit single Change Like the Weather. He recorded the single Dreadful Day with rappers Poor Righteous Teachers and, joined by the artist Cannibus, recorded the song Frounsi Sound Bwoy for the Universal label.
Throughout his career he has done numerous interviews for television, radio and newspapers and performed extensively internationally. In a producing role, Junior has lent his talents to various other artists. Early on, he worked with Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs and the Mighty Diamonds to name few. More recently, he has produced Andrew & 'Wada Blood (his sons), Elephant Man, Delly Ranks, Luciano and Anthony B. Reid has worked closely with Rap artists such as Wu Tang Clan, Goroo from Gangstar, the Absolute Beginners (from Germany) and Cold Cut.
In the year 2000 Mr. Reid/J.R. Productions distributed the Emanuel Calling album, featuring the songs Mashing Up the Earth, John Law and Trod Up A-Zion. He toured the United States and Caribbean, garnering raves. In 2002 Rasta Government was released. Lost Vinyl Classics was released in 2005. This compilation of singles has sold exceptionally well. The cover artwork is a classic. Junior’s new album Junior Reid, the Living Legend is scheduled to be released in early 2010.
With his incisive, prophetic lyrics and unstinting support for the ghetto man, Junior remains a powerful roots artist well known and loved worldwide. Now in 2009, he is picking up his pace. He has numerous great songs recorded, still un- released. Junior Reid is hot.
BIOGRAPHY: ANDREW AND WADA BLOOD
Following in their father Junior Reid's footsteps, Wada and Andrew Blood have chosen a career path of music. The two have been heavily influenced by their father, Junior "One Blood" Reid, but have an extremely different style from him. Their music is described as a cross between hip-hop, dancehall and reggae ballad, which gives the young Bloods their uniqueness.
Andrew and Wada are two exceptional and unique Jamaican artists. Their songwriting skills have also placed them as outstanding and promising talents for current and future generations. They are among the most idiosyncratic personalities in the music industry, as they are not only reggae and dancehall artists, but also producers and studio engineers who create their own styles and beats that they put their lyrics to. Most of their lyrics or ideas for their music are based on everyday-happenings, which come from snippets of conversations and images.
The beats that they create soar above everything else, rather than blending in to the singing. The beats are simple but different with special effects. They learnt this trade from hanging around the studio on weekends as teenagers while listening to their dad voice tunes. Having learnt this trade early in life, they have now blossomed into the fine artists and producers they are today. They have produced songs for a number of prominent artists including their father, and are signed to the label JR Productions. The World -Quake rhythm is the latest addition to their belts. This rhythm is produced and created by both Andrew and Wada. Artists such as Junior “One Blood” Reid, Elephant Man, Munga, and Gyptian have been featured on the rhythm.
These two remarkable young artists have toured and performed triumphantly in places such as Japan, Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas, Barbados, Europe, California, Belize, Mexico and North America, and have appeared before an audience of approximately 20,000 patrons. In fact, they have been performing since they were youngsters. Jamaicans would refer to this as "from dem eyes deh at dem knees". Their earliest performances were at Reggae Sun Splash and they have continued to perform locally at shows, such as, Sting, Rebel Salute, Jam Jam, and East fest, and internationally at shows, such as Reggae on the River. Some of the songs that they have both written and co-produced are; "One stick a matches", "Watch over me", Gal Hafi BAL", "Drop It Pon Dem", and "Want Tek Life", a collaboration with their father.
The budding stars continue to blend hip-hop with dancehall, and this is highlighted in their exciting single, "Hustle Til the Day I Die". "Hustle Til the Day I Die", which was produced by Firelinks, created waves on the popular dance scenes –Bembe, Hot Mondays, and Early Mondays. Soon after the song hit the charts the duo dedicated the song to all hustlers, claiming that Jamaicans were the greatest and most successful hustlers. Many people connected with the song and even volunteered to appear in the video in support of the message it carried across. "Hustle till the day I die" received incredible reviews, and successfully soared to number seven on the charts.
In May of 2008 Andrew and Wada Blood gave a stunning performance at the Heineken Green Synergy Party, which was held in the British Virgin Island of St. Thomas. They had young girls screaming and begging for more. After charting their way with “Hustle Til the Day I Die”, the Young Bloods released another single, “It’s my time”. The music video for this single was considered controversial to some extent, by some of corporate Jamaica. Despite all of this, the request for airplay was phenomenal. Prominent dancers on the dance scenes put together a dance that they believed was quite suitable and befitting.
The Bloods are guided by the philosophy to “ make hay while the sun shines”, so they are constantly in the studio working on a variety of music. After releasing “It’s my Time”, Soon, fans danced to and voted “Hustler for life” to number one on the music charts. This single was accompanied by a striking video, which was directed by the Bloods themselves. “Hustler for life” was done on the Galis rhythm.
In 2009 following the release of “Hustler for life”a number of songs were released – Mr. Rip-off, Money Print, Money Ova Gunshot, A weh dem feel like featuring Munga, "na go make" on the beach front riddim and "naa do it"on the giant riddim. In the summer period Andrew and Wada as shown that ITS THERE TIME, with an outstanding performance at "A St Mary We Come From", "Champion In Action" and "Beeni Sizzle".
Andrew and Wada want to be classified with some of Reggae's greats and Dance Hall giants. According to the duo, "music is life" and the positive vibrations that generate from the music can work wonders, and that is why their mission is to create lifelong music. This young group is dynamic, versatile, and is on their way to making their mark in this exciting music industry. Who is to stop them now? Clearly, they are on their way to the top, no looking back, after all, a real hustler knows how to get there. "Keep the energy flowing through the music, one beat, and spread pure positive vibration"