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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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Tami Chynn eager to leave Universal

tamichynnSongstress Tami Chynn is in the midst of parting ways with major international label Universal Motown Records, who she signed a four-album deal with in 2005. Her yet to be released album, Primadonna, would have been the artiste’s first major project on the label.

Having been signed to Universal at age 24, years later Tami Chynn has yet to see the full fruits of her labour.

The artiste recently gained international attention when she teamed up with Akon and producing partner RedOne in early 2007, releasing Frozen – which enjoyed time on Billboard’s Dance Music Club list. Chynn also signed unto Pepsi’s ‘Kung Fu Pepsi’ campaign, working alongside Akon and going on tour with seminal boy band New Kidz on the Block.

Yet, despite the successes she has had in recent times, Chynn is ready to be released from Universal Records and refocus on her love for music.

Comparing her relationship with the label to that of an abusive relationship, Chynn is keeping her fingers crossed that the split will materialise.When asked what are her reasons for leaving the label, Chynn stated: “I just don’t think they know what they were doing with me, I don’t fit into any mould that they have and it’s difficult when you don’t fit into what they want for you.”

Chynn’s Primadonna album was to be released by Universal from 2008 but, according to Chynn, if she is released from the contract she will have to give up all rights to Primadonna as well as her other album, Out of Many One, which was released by Universal in Japan.

“It’s very sad, that’s all me and those albums are connected to my heart strings, but you know what, I’m an artiste and I can do more stuff,” she said.

As to recent rumours that Chynn and Akon were no longer on good standing, she said that there was no bad blood between the two and they “might or might not” be working together more in the future.

Chynn is currently working with various producers around Kingston and has no plans to sign to any other label for the immediate future. Recently she has completed tracks such as Forever Your Girl for producer Baby G on the ‘Good Love’ rhythm as well as The Way That I Love You from Arif Cooper.

Speaking of love, after keeping her relationship under wraps from the public eye, Chynn admitted, “yes Wayne (Marshall) and I are in a relationship. It has been for a long time now and we’re not trying to hide from it.”

As to rumours that the two are planning to get married this year, Chynn denied them. She, however, said that Marshall was someone she would absolutely consider marrying.

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