Veteran reggae artiste Freddie McGregor headlines an impressive reggae line-up for a very special Reggae Valentine’s event.
The Reggae Valentines Showcase kicks off in Manchester on 13th February 2015, before heading to Birmingham and culminating in a finale in London on 15th February.
In addition to McGregor, who is undoubtedly one of Reggae’s most durable and soulful singers, veteran Johnny Osbourne will also be performing. With a career spanning over 25 years, Osbourne is one of Jamaica’s best.
But it’s not just the legends; the Reggae Valentines Showcase will also feature the next generation of Reggae stars. Christopher Martin and Romain Virgo, the former winners of Jamaican talent show ‘Digicel Rising Stars’ will be representing the new sound of reggae along with soulful singer Terry Linen.
“My partners and I have put together the cream of reggae lovers rock to deliver a sophisticated evening which will put the romance back into Valentines,” says: Promoter Omar HarrisonTickets for the Reggae Valentines Showcase go on sale from Friday 12 December 2014 from ticketmaster.co.uk, ticketline.co.uk, theticketsellers.co.uk, eventimapollo.com
Friday 13th February 2015
Manchester Academy – Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PR
Saturday 14th February 2015
The New Bingley Hall – 1 Hockley Circus, Birmingham, B18 5PP
Sunday 15th February 2015
Eventim Apollo Hammersmith – 45 Queen Caroline St, London, W6 9QH
Freddie McGregor is one of reggae’s most durable and soulful singers, with an incredibly steady career that started all the way back in the ’60s, when he was just seven years old. Since then, he’s spanned nearly every stylistic shift in Jamaican music, from ska and rocksteady to Rastafarian roots reggae to lovers rock (his particular specialty) to dabbling in dancehall, ragga, and dub. Not just a singer, he wrote some of his own material, and grew into an accomplished producer as well. McGregor’s heyday was the early ’80s, when he released several high-quality albums and reached the peak of his popularity in Jamaica and England. However, he has remained a strong presence on the reggae scene.
Johnny Osbourne has enjoyed a 25-year career that shows no sign of letting up, from soulful reggae to a massive dancehall catalog. With his warm voice filled with conviction and yearning, he’s one of the island’s best, especially on standards like “Ice Cream Love,” “Water Pumping,” and countless rub-a-dub singles.
Christopher Martin is a talented singer/performer from St. Catherine, Jamaica, who shot to instant fame and gained recognition shortly after winning the coveted Digicel Rising Stars (Jamaica’s premiere talent competition), title in 2005. Hits such as Nah Go Change, Cheater’s Prayer and Chill Spot continue to ignite the airwaves and parties worldwide.
In 2007, Romain Virgo made history as the youngest contestant ever to win Digicel Rising Stars, at the age of 17. In 2010 Romain released his debut album, self-titled Romain Virgo. This year, he topped charts across the Caribbean with his cover of Sam Smith’s hit ‘Stay With Me’.
‘Kiplin Simpson’ aka Terry Linen was influenced by the dancehall singers of the mid-80s and nurtured his vocal skills while in his teens. His singing style is similar to Garnett Silk, a fact acknowledged by his pseudonym: his colleagues decided that if he sounded like Silk then he should be known as Linen. By 1999, his career was firmly established when he recorded a version of Whitney Houston’s ‘My Love Is Your Love’. The hit was a dancehall smash and topped the reggae charts worldwide.