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Junior Kelly Back In Jamaica After Successful Fall European Tour.

Reggae singer Junior Kelly is back home in Jamaica after a very successful fall European tour, which kicked off last October in Amiens, France. Even hurricane Sandy hitting Jamaica, weather conditions grounding flights and closing the Island airports couldn’t put a damper on him. He remained in high spirit and great energy.

Kelly departed as soon as the country airport in Montego Bay reopened on the Thursday, October 25 late evening right before his Friday, October 26 performance. With no time to spare as he landed, Junior Kelly was up for his meet and greet, press and straight to his scheduled performance.

Full of energy, good form and positively great vibes, Junior delivered his hits to the delight of eager fans. Taking the crowd on a melodic musical journey with classic songs such as “Love So Nice” to his latest hit “Been There” video. The tour took Kelly and his band through the Netherlands, France, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.

Reflecting on his tour Junior stated, “The energy and vibe i received from the fans during this tour was truly amazing and humbling and it was heart warming to see that people out there are still crying out for conscious music, my music, Reggae music”

“Its really beautiful to see three generations of people coming out to my concerts and enjoying and loving Reggae music, so i know it will live on”

“I really appreciate the fact that i am able to perform every day of the week and the fans came out in their numbers every night to listen to Reggae music, even in these harsh economic times when buying a concert ticket is so hard. These die-hearted fans in Europe are mainly from the poorer class of society and they have so many other choices in terms of artistes or food or paying a bill, but they come out because they see me as one of the young roots artistes whose messages make them feel good and one that is going to stand the test of time. It is truly a blessing and an honor.”

Check out video footage of several performances and interviews

Junior Kelly – @ Cabaret Sauvage (Paris)
http://youtu.be/1dt3oNwnGvQ

Junior Kelly – Iinterview @ Cabaret Sauvage (Paris)
http://youtu.be/IuPErAGaRBQ

Junior Kelly – Melkweg, Amsterdam
http://youtu.be/FwzUFI6vyIY

Junior Kelly Live at Melkweg Amsterdam (NL)
http://youtu.be/9TGnK3gHfCo

Junior Kelly live @ Club Reigen – Vienna, Austria
http://youtu.be/3laoTMTpkkc

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Damian Marley at Reggae Sumfest (Credit - PickchaDis Photography)

Damian Marley, R. Kelly hit all the right notes on Sumfest’s closing night

After two days of memorable performances that had thousands of patrons in undeniable awe, it was only fitting that the son of Reggae’s greatest product brought a remarkable end to Reggae Sumfest 2012.

Grammy-winning Reggae superstar, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley drew several comparisons to his late father, Bob Marley following an impeccable performance on

International Night 2 on Saturday night at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay; prompting conversation that it was one of the greatest sets in Reggae Sumfest history.

With Damian Marley’s dreadlocks down to his feet, it became only fitting that his performance mirrored the aforementioned hairstyle; flowing from head to toe with energy and identity that made him stand out amongst fellow greats who graced the Sumfest stage.

The internationally acclaimed Reggae superstar amazed the audience with many of his classics such as More Justice, Still Searching and Beautiful; engaging the crowd who echoed Marley’s notes on those tracks. Furthermore, Jr. Gong performed another more smash hits such It Was Written and The Mission to rousing ovations while his chart-topping single, Affairs of the Heart had women in the audience screaming for more.

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Junior Kelly scores # 1 with the hit single “Been There”

After 15 weeks on the Jamaica Music Countdown Top 25 Reggae Singles Chart, singer Junior Kelly has convincingly captured the number one slot with the gripping, reality-laced  single, “Been There“.
Chart-watchers had early predicted  that “Been There” would have enjoyed exciting chart success, noting that there was a strong possibility of it taking over the pole position. Well, it’s ‘Mission Accomplished’. They are now eyeing the song’s progress on the long-running New York Reggae Singles Chart, where it now sits in the number 6 spot and is steadily making upward movements. Kellyhas also dominated the popular Stampede Street Chart, where he has been singled out as ‘Artiste of the Week‘.
On the Broadleaf riddim, produced by Big Bomb Entertainment, “Been There” adds to Junior Kelly’s list of songs which have impacted in a huge way. Among them are the  “Sunshine,” “Boom Draw“, “Hungry Days,” Missing You (with Bar-bee)”, “Receive” and the blockbuster, breakout single, “Love So Nice“, which spent a record 15 weeks at number one.
The single, which was driven by the music video, is currently getting good rotation across the globe and Kelly himself has been busy on the promotional trail, ensuring that “Been There”  forms part of his  live set.
He explained that the initial response to the song was so overwhelming that he did the music video ahead of schedule. The video, which has a simple and effective storyboard, sees Kelly playing the role of a taximan, as he belts out the lyrics to the song.
“I give thanks to all those who worked assiduously to make this single number one. Naturally, it’s a good feeling when fans endorse your music and it gives me the encouragement to continue along this path,” the conscious Rastafarian commented.
Junior Kelly, who has been enjoying a strong season of success, both in Jamaica and overseas, has easily reclaimed his space in the US market after an hiatus. His performance in Brooklyn at the Rose Garden on July 8 was so powerful that he was immediately booked for a second show to be held at the VillageNY on July 22.  Kelly gave a masterful performance at the Bayfront Reggae Festival,Minnesota, last Saturday, alongside Jamaican artistes Ce’cileAnthony B and Gramps Morgan.
Fans will be treated to another side of Junior Kelly on SundayJuly 29, at Weaver High School, Hartford Connecticut. He will be participating in the annual Celebrity Soccer Games, an event which he is quite enthusiastic about.
Junior Kelly has been in the business of making uplifting and empowering reggae music for more than 25 years. Beginning his career during Dancehall’s ‘rude boy’ era in the late ’80s, Kelly’s inspiring messages have always made him a standout artist within Jamaica’s heavily populated entertainment scene.
His breakthrough single “Love So Nice” established him as a bonafide star in 2000. His commanding juxtaposition of precisely timed, deejayed rhymes and melodic singing, coupled with his vivid storytelling abilities, took the song to #1 on the Jamaican charts. The album “Love So Nice“, released in 2001, also spawned the well-received singles which brought him recognition throughout the Caribbean, North America, and Europe.
“Been There” – video link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4sE-z_R67c

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R Kelly and Trey Songz

R Kelly, Trey Songz set for Reggae Sumfest 2012

The 20th edition of Reggae Sumfest will see some international flavor added to its bill as a pair of R&B superstars will take to the Catherine Hall stage this July.

Highly acclaimed veteran singer, R Kelly and two-time Grammy nominated R&B artiste, Trey Songz have been confirmed for Reggae Sumfest 2012, which will take place from July 15-21 in Montego Bay. Trey Songz will take to the stage on International Night 1 (July 20) while R Kelly will perform on International Night 2 the following night.

R Kelly was due to perform at last year’s edition of Reggae Sumfest but had to pull out after complaining of throat pain and later having an emergency operation on said throat. Though Trinidadian-American hip-hop superstar, Nicki Minaj was added to the bill and delivered a memorable performance, many fans were disappointed by R Kelly’s absence.

However, Sumfest organizer, Johnny Gourzong insists that Kelly felt really bad about his inability to perform at last year’s event and hopes to make it up to his Jamaican fans in grand fashion.

“R Kelly was so disappointed with not being able to come to Sumfest last year that we spent the whole year trying to work out a make-up date, which was Reggae Sumfest 2012,” Gourzong said in a press release.

Though not nearly as publicized, Trey Songz was also due to perform at last year’s show but was unable to do so due to a scheduling conflict.

According to Gourzong, many young music fans have been pleading with him to put the Heart Attack singer on his show.

“Everywhere I go, young people have been saying we need to have Trey Songz on the show and, hence, we decided to make it possible,” he said.

Gourzong intimated that both artistes are glad to be part of such a meaningful staging of Reggae Sumfest.

“Both international acts are excited to be here for Sumfest’s 20th anniversary and Jamaica’s 50th,” he said.

For R Kelly, this would be his second career performance in the island while it would be the debut of Trey Songz on Jamaican soil.

R Kelly remains a top quality act within R&B circles, known for classics such as I Believe I Can Fly, World’s Greatest, I Wish, Ignition (Remix), Bump & Grind as well as Number One (featuring Keri Hilson). Additionally, he’s renowned for the popular Trapped In The Closet series, for which he has release 22 chapters and announced this past March that it will continue.

Trey Songz has emerged as one of R&B’s princes in recent years, with singles such as Love Faces, Sex Ain’t Better Than Love and Already Taken. The prominent singer will be releasing his new studio album, Chapter V this summer.

Reggae Sumfest 2012 is being sponsored by Pepsi, the Jamaica Tourist Board as well as telecommunications giant, Digicel.

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