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AWARD-WINNING GERMAN REGGAE ARTIST GENTLEMAN EXCITED ABOUT DEBUT NYC PERFORMANCE

New York: With six albums under his belt and over one million collectively sold in Europe, German’s multi-platinum and award-winning reggae artist Gentleman is fired up about his first major North and South America tour this month. The tour billed the “Gentleman & The Evolution Diversity tour,” includes a west coast run supporting SOJA that will make stops in San Francisco; Santa Cruz; Hollywood & San Diego, California; Falls Church, Virginia and New York City.

 

Earlier this week Gentleman did a private meet & greet and an intimate performance at Universal Music. He did interviews on MTV Iggy in Times Square; Intiative Radio (an NPR-affiliated radio program that is syndicated to over 10 markets in the North East and Nashville) and Irie Jam radio, 93.5FM, the loudest voice to the Caribbean Diaspora in NY. He also did an acoustic performance and an interview on Sirius XM’s ‘The Joint’ with host Pat McKay. His debut live performance at Le Poisson Rounge in Manhattan, New York will take place on Tuesday, March 13 with special guest singer Richie Stephens. 

“I am extremely excited about my debut performance in New York, home to the largest Jamaican population in the Diaspora. Any opportunity I get to perform for my Caribbean fans is an opportunity I cherish” the German sinjay noted. 

Gentleman’s North and South American tour is in support of his VP Records album titled Diversity that was released in February. The international version of the album already sold Gold (more than 100,000 units) and charted at #1 in Germany as well as #2 in Switzerland and Austria and is the follow-up to his Europe platinum-selling record Confidence.

On Diversity, Gentleman stays true to his first musical love – roots reggae - teaming up with top Jamaican recording artist Tanya Stephens; the late Studio One veteran and dancehall pioneer Sugar Minott; Christopher and producers Don Corleon, Red Roze, Shane Brown, Xterminator and Firehouse Crew.

Gentleman, the son of a Lutheran pastor was drawn to reggae’s revolutionary spirit and truth-seeking lyrics ever since he was introduced to the island’s sounds. He has since had a string of solo hits and platinum-selling records in Europe. He won Best National Artist five times for three different award shows (Echo Award 2003 & 2005, Comet Award 2005, 1Live Radio Award 2004 & 2005) and has been nominated twice for Best Reggae Artist (Martin 2004 Awards and Reggae and Soca Awards). He has collaborated with artists ranging from pop superstars Pink and Destiny’s Child to reggae legends Michael Franti & Spearhead and Barrington Levy.

Last summer he teamed with Richie Stephens on the tribute single “Live Your Life” which topped reggae charts in Florida and Jamaica and was voted “Song of the Year 2011″ in New York by Irie Jam Radio. Their follow up single/video ‘Warrior,’ has already started to make inroads on the play list of stations across the globe.

Earlier this year, Gentleman delivered a riveting live rendition of “Live Your Life” at the 16th annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, where he was a special invited guest of Stephens. Their performance was hailed as one of the highlights of the festival. 

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RnB SINGER DIVINE BROWN PAYS TRIBUTE TO DENNIS BROWN

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In honoring one of Jamaica’s most prolific reggae pioneers Dennis Emmanuel Brown “The Crown Prince Of Reggae”, Canadian based r&b / soul singer Divine Brown is presenting her latest single “Sitting & Watching” to the world. Divine who visited Jamaica last month for a live concert in Kingston also stopped by the Geejam recording studio in Portland where she recorded a number of tracks for her upcoming third album “Something Fresh” due this Spring.

With February named as the official month in celebration of Reggae’s rich history and culture Divine’s beautiful vocals and vivacious delivery couple with Dale “Dr. Dizzle” Virgo’s stunning production offers fans of the late Dennis Brown the opportunity to remember his undeniable contribution to the music fraternity at large. A lover of reggae herself Divine’s very first attempt of the genre came in 2005 when she release the mega hit “Old Skool Love Remix” for which a video was later released.

An accomplished star in her own right Divine has always maintained a presence in the industry. In 2009 she released her sophomore album entitled “The Love Chronicles” which later won the Juno Award for R&B / Soul Album Of The Year. Her biggest single on the album was “Sunglasses” which made its way to #14 on the U.S Billboard Dance Charts.

Currently represented in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean by Xklusiv Entertainment (Bookings & Promotions Co) Divine Brown is looking to reintroduce her music to the Jamaican public in the hope of gaining a strong local fan base.

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