Whoever said Purple was just a colour was wrong!


Kevin Walters also known as Purple was born in Alexandria in the parish of St. Ann, Jamaica; the birthplace of legends like Bob Marley and Burning Spears, founders of sweet reggae music. Purple later relocated to Waterhouse, Kingston as an infant with his parents and his four other siblings. He is a man of many talents; musician, singer, songwriter and producer who started playing the keyboard professionally in 1995. He attended the Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts where he first mastered his talent.

The stage name Purple represents life; the two colors that are combined to produce purple are red and blue; red representing power and blue, calmness. The artiste himself is calm yet powerful when it comes to the delivery of his work.Growing up, his father who himself is a musician taught Purple how to play the guitar. He later learned to play the keyboard attending church which was additional motivation for him, driving him to make music his profession. He took his career to another level in 2008 when he started recording professionally. Songs recorded during that period included Sweetest Sound and Stay Low.

Stay Low describes the reality of how citizens react living in the poverty stricken community of Garrison during violent outbreaks.Stay Low was released in August 2012 and has been getting air-plays on local and international radio stations. Purple has steadily been building a fan base from the beginning of hid career. He recently performed at two of Kingston’s most trendy and popular night spots; Christopher’s Jazz Cafe and Red Bones Blue Cafe where patrons respond positively to his soothing voice, strong stage presence and his ability to satiate his crowds.With role models such as Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Stevie Wonder and Boyz II Men; Purple intents to inspire, educate and change the world through his music.

 

Bryan Art


 

BRYAN ART By Bryan Art

Musical Visionary, Bryan Art, Makes another Imprint

Feb 2013

When we hear the term love song we naturally think of a song expressing romance or like sentiments, leaving out songs of freedom, peace, motivation, hope, unity etc. which seek to caringly point people in positive directions. A classic example is the great reggae anthem, One Love by Robert Nesta Marley. In fact, the music of Joseph Hill, Dennis Brown, and Jimmy Cliff on which many Jamaicans grew up, emphasizes so much love that it appreciably became one of the defining factors of the reggae genre.

Music needs no help – take the words out and it is still complete! However, with the help of music, singers have managed to convey lessons, messages and joy to people of all ages across many cultures. The music that Bryan Art happily shares with the world on this self-titled album expresses love in all these forms. It reflects devotion to spiritual, moral, social and emotional uplift of individuals everywhere.

The multifaceted artist; husky voiced singer, witty songwriter and  musician delivers with passion and meaning. Born in St. Ann, Jamaica just walking distance from Nine Miles the birth place of the great Bob Marley (whose influence can also be heard on this album), Bryan Art just like the late singer, eventually moved to Kingston where he did Latin American & Jazz Studies at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

While in school Art was discovered by George Miller (band leader), who gave him his first big break – an opportunity to tour as guitarist and member of the Fire House Crew. then backing band for Grammy nominee Luciano, Sizzla and Mikey General. With this experience, he later became co-founder and bandleader of Bushman’s backing band Grass Roots with whom he did tours of several countries. When he wasn’t touring, Bryan Art was either teaching classroom music or pursuing his long time dream of singing. He has also written songs for artistes such as George Nooks, Singing Melody, Bushman, Luciano and Etana.

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Today, devoted to his singing career, the Best New Artist for the year 2002 by ER,TVJ, has done splendidly on many major shows including, Rebel Salute 2006, 2007 and 2011, Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2011 and 2012, Reggae Fever 2009 and 2011, ATI, Fully Loaded, St. Mary Mi Come From, Unity Splash, Summer Sizzle, and Manchester Fiesta. Art has also been on tours in the United States, Canada, Europe and The Caribbean.

Representing a new generation of music that continues the tradition of stars who shone before him; those who inspired him, including the great Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Beres Hammond, Toots Hibbert, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding to name a few, Bryan Art continues on this 13 track feature, to bring creativity and a fresh voice to the art form.

Out of an abundance of great work, this album was sorted and compiled based on votes from members of a loyal team who express great difficulty with the task of having to choose between pure excellence and sure excellence. However there were the inevitable singles like Get It which gradually became a household chorus in Jamaica and continues to spread perennially. Murder Dem a Play which features the commanding voice of Queen Ifrica was a must. Warrior King brought a fresh sound too as early as the 3rd track entitled New Day and for balance he needed the insightful Hawkeye with Second Class. It can’t be an easy job fitting into the busy schedule of “the fireman” Capleton, but according to the producer Bryan Art; “preparation meets opportunity equals Dem Fass”.

Bryan Art quoted: “Good Reggae music is immortal and my purpose is to be an international oracle for the message of this music”.

Email: bryanart@live.com

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QShan Deya The Volcano Trumpet


 

IN THE SPOTLYGHT FEATURE MAGAZINE PRESENTS… QSHAN DEYA!

QShan Deya

Kellis Quashie is a vocalist, musician, producer, arranger, songwriter and recording artiste. ‘Jah humble servant’ as he calls himself was born Kellis Quashie of Sugar Hill, Union Island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines….

His professional career began in 1999 in Brooklyn, New York where he recorded his first single titled Journey. In 2001 his debut album Journey was also released. The acclaimed album featured Yami Bolo and Richie Spice. Qshan later embarked on a US tour with the Star Trail Family where he opened for Anthony B. His performance as always was  a force to be reckoned with; his compelling lyrical content and stage presence easily commanding audience attention which is commonplace for him. His vocal range allows him to reach the high tones of Al Green and in contrast descend to deep baritones of the likes of Barry White. He has often been compared with Dennis Brown, Luciano and Peter Tosh.

Qshan Deya’ visited Jamaica for the first time on July 23rd 2002, where he got the opportunity to meet with renown producer Bobby Digital which resulted in the production of his first lovers’ rock hit Show me the Love which topped the New York charts in 2003 on the WLIB 1190 am Caribbean radio station. Driven with a passion to excel in his craft, Qshan Deya’ made an informed decision to journey to the island of Jamaica again in 2010 to absorb from the sources at the root of the Reggae Music Industry. While there, he met with established music producer Garfield ‘Sampalue’ Phillips of Diamond Rush Productions who was instrumental with the foundation and development of the career of Marion ‘Lady Saw’ Hall as her manager and producer. Sampalue also produced tracks with Luciano, Dennis Brown, Marcia Griffiths, Freddie McGregor, Bounty Killa, Beenie Man and long list of others.

Qshan and Sampalue developed an instant camaraderie with music being their common passion. It took no time for them to enter the recording studio where ideas were forged to produce tracks. A mutual friendship was also established which saw Qshan Deya’ being the newest artiste signed with Diamond Rush Productions. Qshan Deya’ was given the opportunity to perform on Pepsi Rebel Salute 2011. His performance piqued the interest of media professionals and patrons alike. His commanding stage presence kept the patrons engaged, particularly his resonating voice and lyrical portrayal of topics relating to life issues and the society. This opened up avenues for him to be part of the 2011 RE/Coke Zero School Tour staged annually in Jamaica celebrating acts in Reggae, reinforcing to youngsters social messages such as Abstinence and It’s never too late to pull it up. Qshan

Deya’ participated in this year’s JCDC Festival (popular song competition) in Kingston Jamaica for the first time ever. There, he qualified for both semi finals and finals, making history as the first ever OECS artiste to have ever entered in such prestigious competition in Jamaica being embraced. This milestone bridged the gap between the two region. It also opened many doors for Qshan including the recent sold out show in Rochester August 19th 2011 alongside Beres Hammond and Wayne Wonder on their US Tour.

Qshan also performed at RWIFO Carifesta held August 13th 2011 in Rochester. The ‘’Volcano Trumpet’’ QD as he calls himself also made a stunning appearance at this year’s first ever Reggae Rhythm and Blues show held in Queens NY . The Roy Wilkins Park event took place on September 4th 2011, with artistes like Baby face, Monica, Macheal HD., Tarrus Riley, Mavado, I octane, Leroy Sibbles and more performing.In January of 2012 he performed at Lava Splash alongside ZionRoots Sound.  Qshan has recently released his long await 17 track second album Love Governs Us All featuring Tony Rebel, Half Pint, Lady G and more.He is presently receiving overwhelming rotations on internet stations as well as local radio stations and clubs in the USA, Europe and Africa. Qshan is currently in the US promoting his new album Love Govern Us All on both the west and east coasts.

QShan is always in tune with what is happening around him particularly digitally. His ability to personally communicate with his fans across the globe one on one gives him an edge as an artiste. His unique gift as a vocalist is by far his only strength; his high regard for spirituality and family, coupled with his undeniable faith as a SIMEON he says propels him toward success.

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