Reggae Music Artists

Reggae Music ArtistsHere is a list of some of the best Reggae Music Artists on the Island!

Alton Ellis, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Gregory Isaacs, Beres Hammond, Dennis Brown, Jimmy Cliff, Freddy McGregor, Sugar Minot, Culture, John Holt, and the list goes on…

I am giving you some info on each along with some of their music…which I hope you will like.

I must warn you though that there are just too many reggae music artists on the island, to cover, but I will do my best.

If you check the list and you don’t see your favorite, just drop me a line at the bottom of this page… and I will do my best to get it up for you.

Alton EllisAlton Ellis
One of the first vocalist to enter the arena as a reggae music artist. Was considered the greatest until Bob Marley came on the scene.

Had first hit during the ska era, but really rocked during the rocksteady time.

Though overshadowed by the rise of reggae roots, he still holds the crown for being the best during his time…and remains a true pioneer of Jamaican music.

Peter Tosh
The second member of the original wailer who later took off to make a name for himself…got tired of living under the shadow of the wailer banner and not getting the individual credit that he deserved.

Peter Tosh

Always outspoken and militant in nature, Peter Tosh vocalized his hatred for politics and oppression…a voice which echoed far and wide in his songs.

He ran into problem with the law a few times…but that only gave him more musical lyrics with songs likelegalize it, Get Up Stand Up, Equal rights, and Johnny Be Good.

he would go on to release many more songs, tour Europe and north America…but was murdered in September 1987. By then he had etched his name in history as truly one of the greatest reggae music artist that ever grace the globe.

Bunny Wailer
Probably the best voice among the Wailing Wailers, yet he never launched out for stardom and fame. Instead he remained reserved in comparison to Bob and Peter.

When the wailers broke up and Bob Marley and Peter Tosh went on to bigger things, but bunny receded to the hills and disappeared for while before returning on the recording scene.

Bunny Wailer

When he re-emerged in ’76, he would go on to release some of the best reggae rhythms on the planet with his soothing, melodious tenor-like voice…with songs like Blackheart Man, rootsman skanking, liberation, and rule dancehall.

When Bob and Peter died in ’81 and ’87 respectively, he was expected to carry the banner for reggae music, but he didn’t. instead he sang when he wanted to and went silent was he chose…yet his voice and lyrics makes him one of the many reggae music artists to be remembered.

Gregory Isaac
After he was discovered at a talent show, he recorded his first duet with Winston Sinclair but that did not work out.

Gregory Isaac

He tried again with the Concords, a new vocal trio, and released quite a few singles, that once again did not catch on with public…

He got his break in 1973 with his self-produced single My only loverwhich became an immediate hit.

He really made it big after the firstreggae sunsplash and would go on would go on to release over 500 records. He now sits head and shoulder above the rest as the master of lover’s rock…

Beres HammondBeres Hammond 
Another master of lovers rock. Hammond started his career in the ’70s but never reached the pinnacle of success until the 1990s. He joined the Zap Pow band in 1975, released his solo career album soul reggae in 1976, soared with rhythms such asrock away, tempted to touch, what one dance can do, and she loves me now .

Dennis BrownDennis Brown
Dubbed the “boy wonder” in the ’60s with his golden voice, Brown was crowned the prince of reggae music and heir apparent to the throne of reggae music artist left by the late great Robert Nesta Marley.

With his distinct tenor voice and conscious lyrics, he generate a loyal following of reggae enthusiast up until his death in 1999. He recorded more than 100 records and over 50 albums…including gems like here I come, Queen Majesty, rub a dub style, and money in my pocket 

Jimmy CliffJimmy Cliff
Started out in the ’60s performing at local shows and parish fairs. He changed his name from James Chambers at 14 just before he decided to launch his career. He set the ska era alight with hits such as“Miss Jamaica,” “King of Kings,” “One Eyed Jacks,” and “Pride and Passion.”

He was poised to hit the mainstream in the early ’70s with island Records, but lost out when they turned their attention to Bob Marley. In spite of that Cliff went on to record many hits and cement his place as one of the best Jamaican reggae music artists… listen some of his best lyrics here

Freddie McgregorFreddie Mcgregor
He started back in the ’60s at the age of 7. Since then he’s dabbled in just about every Jamaican style of music to cross the land…from ska to rocksteady to Rastafarian roots reggae to lovers rock (his specialty) to dancehall, to ragga, to dub…

After recording numerous singles including Why Did You Do It and Do Good and Good Will Follow You in the ’70s, he converted to rastafarian and his music took on that tone.

In 1981, he scored with his big hit Big Ship, and was immediately recognized as a superstar in the post-Bob era. He slowed in the ’90s and returned to big things in the 2000s.

sugar minotSugar Minot
A reggae music master in his own right, Minot is loved for his social consciousness and exceptional musical ability.

As a singer, musician, and composer, he released classics such as Party Night and Torturing.

He was an innovative force behind dancehall style and credited origination of the rub-a-dub…truly is one of the most recognized reggae artist ever generating over 30 albums between 1979 and the year 2000. His name is reflective of the sound of his voice, sweet as “sugar”…surely one of the best reggae artist that has ever lived.

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