Learn how Luciano got Second Grammy nomination

Homer Harris’s production for album Zion Awake, lands Luciano his second Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album. Luciano’s first nomination was 14 years ago for album New Day. Consisting of 11 songs, Zion Awake was released by Jamstyle Records and VPal. Harris put Luciano on his musical path, naming him and helping to create his image as a messenger of music.

Luciano has consistently followed the charge delivering positive messages through his music to inspire generations of listeners. Born Jepther W. McClymont in Davey Town in the parish of Manchester, Luciano comes from humble beginnings, where his parents instilled strong values, ethics, and principles. These characteristics are evident in all his music including Zion Awake where specific songs stand out as favorites.

There is a stellar rendition of Abysinnian’s classic Sata Mass Gana featuring Lutan Fyah, the title track Zion Awakes has attracted rave reviews, Slavery speaks of the African Diaspora’s oppression in the west, Prophecy is an instant classic and Melody is a remix of lyrics from Barry Manilow’s Mandy and The Beatle’s Yesterday.

In 1993, Luciano scored his first UK number 1 hit with song Hit It Up Tonight. His first hit album was Where There Is Life for Chris Blackwell’s Label Island Jamaica featuring hits like It’s Me Against Jah and Who Could It Be Jah. Luciano is very elated and honored to be nominated for a second time by the Record Industry Association of America. However he adamantly declares, “We’re not just singing about Zion and all those glorious dreams. We’re also dealing with issues that affect the people, their very minds,” explains Luciano.

While many artist sing about issues and inspire through song, the actual implementation of their words are not evident in their daily lives. Luciano has proven through his music and actions that what he sings, he lives and was awarded Order of Distinction in the rank of officer in 2007. This prestigious award was granted by the Government of Jamaica for his contribution to reggae music, deeds in spreading positive messages and uplifting the world through song.

Homer Harris has been grooming artist and helped build the reggae industry since the 70’s and his father Dennis Harris and brother Peter Harris are responsible for the Lover’s Rock genre which birthed in London. A number of artist have gone through mentoring and been given names by Harris including Luciano, Buju Banton, Sizzla, Patra, Richie Spice, Zumjay, Phanton Moja, Lutan Fyah, Tabeta Cshae, and Swazz.

In an Onstage Interview with Winfred Williams Luciano speaks of Harris, “This album was done for Mr. Homer Harris. He is one of my former producers. I think this is also a good thing for him too because he has really paid his dues in the business. This is one good way to really show at least how much they appreciate our works.” Luciano has never deviated from the messages in the music and looks forward to doing great things in 2016.

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