Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Ghetto Youths International on a roll

Come January 21, when singer Wayne Marshall's Tru Colors album is released by Ghetto Youths International (GYI), it marks a significant milestone for artiste and label.

Tru Colors is Marshall's second album following Marshall Law! Tru Colors is the second major project in a matter of weeks for GYI, which is owned by the Marley brothers: Stephen, Damian and Julian.

In November, the Marley owned label released Better Than Love, an EP by British singer Christopher Ellis, son of rock steady legend Alton Ellis. Both projects are credited to Damian Marley as executive producer.

Marshall has established himself as a dancehall star with songs like Overcome, New Millennium and Hot in The Club. But he considers Tru Colors his best work to date. "The others were compilations rather than a project. I promised myself the next album would be rounded and that's what it is," he said.

Go Hard, a collaboration with some of Jamaica’s hottest artistes, is the album's lead track. Go Harder is a follow up of Go Hard featuring rappers Ace Hood, Waka Flocka and deejay Cham.

Prior to the release of Tru Colors, Marshall toured Europe and the United States East and West coast, which introduced him to new audiences.

Like his label mate, Christopher Ellis is also making waves on the entertainment scene with his unique style. Better Than Love is Ellis' most ambitious project to date, though he has worked as a singer since he was age 11 with his influential father.

The five-song mini-set bears some similarity in tone to Alton Ellis' revered Lovers, Rock sound. Better Than Love includes the ballads You Babe and Spoiling Me.

Pointing to the close friendship his father shared with Bob Marley, the Marley brothers' father, Ellis says Better Than Love transcends music.“It’s a lineage thing. It stems back to when I met Stephen and Damian Marley. And more than that, it stems to our fathers and the whole Trench Town movement.”

The Marley siblings have won several Grammy Awards as members of the Melody Makers and solo acts. Stephen Marley has established himself as a producer, on Damian's Grammy-winning Halfway Tree and Welcome to Jamrock albums.

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