Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Beres Set To Tour and Release Album


Jamaican musical legend Beres Hammond has recently returned to touring ways. The much anticipated tour began on Wednesday July 30 and will go through toSunday September 7. The Reggae icon will be celebrating his upcoming VP Records album A Moment In Time. On the tour, fans can look forward to hearing his timeless classics as well brand new material from his eagerly awaited album, set to be released September 2008. Digicel’s Rising Stars runner up Lenya Wilks who had been signed to work with Beres because of her deep soulful voice will also be on tour opening for him.

Known to many as the originator of “Lover’s Rock” or the “Otis Redding of Reggae,” Beres Hammond has been writing, producing and pouring out his smoky-sweet voice over every kind of riddim track for over three decades. He has repeatedly sold out some of the country’s largest and most prestigious venues (Theatre at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall). He has paved the way for many musicians today and is a favourite of Wyclef Jean, Carl Thomas and Alicia Keys.

 From his early days as the lead singer of the 70’s funk-reggae infused band Zap Pow, Beres has consistently produced hits and number one singles. While newcomers today are searching for a breakthrough hit and old timers are plotting their comeback, Beres is a study in longevity. He released his first studio album, Soul Reggae in 1976 spawning the number one hit One Step Ahead and in 1985 the dancehall breakthroughWhat One Dance Can Do off his self entitled albumHe has collaborated with Reggae’s elite like Marcia Griffiths and Buju Banton who are virtually staples on any Beres tour. He has worked with legendary producers like Willie Lindo, Steely and Clevie, and Philip “Fattis” Burrell. In 1990, his album A Love Affair from Donovan Germaine's Penthouse label raised his popularity to new heights. Cuts like Tempted To Touch and Who Say with Buju Banton are still huge in the dancehall today. During the 90’s, Beres blazed a trail of modern classics for a variety of producers, from the strugglers' anthem Putting Up Resistance (Tappa) to lovers' laments likeCome Back Home (Star Trail). In 2001, Beres brought us major hits likeThey Gonna Talk and Rock Away from his Grammy nominated albumMusic Is Life. VP Records then released The Ultimate Collection: Can’t Stop A Man in 2003 to commemorate Hammond’s career, and in 2004 his latest album Love Has No Boundaries, which features his familiar romantic ballads and mid-tempo dancehall grooves. Currently, Beres is putting the final touches on his long awaited VP release A Moment In Time.

Source: Deeboz Muzik

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