George Nooks – I Surrender All

George Nooks - I Surrender All

George Nooks ‘Surrenders All’
– Nooks is known for choosing some classic songs and presenting them in a manner that gives listeners a soothing feel and transcendent lyrics to rock and mediate on. And he has done it again with a timeless Gospel classic, ‘I Surrender All’; for which he has released a new video.
The new video for ‘I Surrender All’ adds great value to George Nooks’ soothing rendition of this timeless hymn. George Nooks has always enjoyed hearing joyful noises to the Lord. Since he was a boy going to the Mount Carmel Apostolic Church in his hometown of King Weston in rural Jamaica.

The singer, who has made a name belting out gospel songs like God is Standing By and Ride Out Your Storm, continues his inspirational journey with Through it All, his latest album which is being distributed by Tad’s Record Inc. It contains 13 songs including the title track as well as gospel standards such as Amazing Grace, I Surrender All and a spiritual interpretation of The Stylistics’ You Make Me Feel Brand New.

“From I was little I listened to some of these songs in church. My grandmother was the mother of the church and I used to be there with her all the time,” Nooks recalled.
Though his initial hit songs like Tribal War and Fortyleg Dread made him a dancehall star in the late 1970s, Nooks erupted in 2000 with God is Standing By, a foot-stomping reggae cover of a soul song originally done by Al Green in the early 1970’s.

Nooks has released a series of gospel hits since then. And even though he periodically dabbles in secular music, he says it is important to keep things clean.
“I don’t do derogatory songs. I never did any song I couldn’t go into the church and sing.”

‘I Surrender All’ is exclusively produced by George Nooks for Tad’s Record Inc.

Written by: Howard Campbell & Stacy-Lee Thompson

Hezron – Smile Today

Hezron - Smile Today

Today, Jamaican vocalist, songwriter and producer Hezron Clarke has released the charming visual for his single “Smile Today.” The single is the fourth release off his album M.O.A.M. (Man on a Mission) which came out this past summer via Tad’s Record and debuted at number 5 on iTunes Reggae chart in August, just below albums by Bob Marley and Stick Figure. The album currently remains in the Top 10 on the Clinton Lindsay New York and South Florida Radio Chart.

“Smile Today” is a song that Hezron hopes will become as iconic as the Bob Marley track that has become an anthem for Jamaica, “One Love.” Directed by Devon Morris, the video follows Hezron in the villages of Jamaica, while capturing the smiles of the local people. The song and video serve as anthems to his country as he inspires a positive attitude despite the challenges and downfalls of everyday life.

The single is just a glimpse of the album which takes listeners on a ride of empowerment, self reflection, romance and more. While keeping the overall charm of reggae, Clarke dabbles in R&B with sensual detours that are a delight to the ears. Ahead of the album’s release, Hezron has released three singles. The title track “Man on a Mission” is a song about his personal journey as a goal oriented person but also offers encouragement to anyone in pursuit of their dreams, despite the inevitable challenges, while also honoring the heroes all around us. “Tik Tok I’m Coming” expresses his sensual side, channeling an R&B laced track reminiscent to Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get it On.” Furthering the album’s incredible versatility is the most recent single “Save The Children”, released on June 24th, a heartfelt commentary on the alarming number of brutal acts committed against the youth, including physical and sexual abuse. 

Recorded in Reggae’s birthplace, Kingston Jamaica, M.O.A.M. features some of Jamaica’s greatest musicians including Dean Fraser (saxophone), Kirk “Kirkle Dove” Bennett (drums), Donald “Danny Bassie” Dennis (bass), Mitchum Khan (guitar), Carol “Bowie” McLaughlin (keyboards) and Robbie Lyn (keyboards). On a lyrical front, the album embodies feel-good vibes with motivational and inspirational concepts that encourage patience and resilience. 

With inspiration from classic soul artists such as Luther Vandross, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, to 90’s favorites KC and Jojo and Dave Hollister to iconic Jamaican singers Beres Hammond and Dennis Brown, Hezron has embodied his own classic vocal and musical style while taking notes from some of the greats. 

About Hezron Clarke

Montego Bay born and raised Hezron Clarke released his debut album The Life I Live(d) on Tad’s Record in 2015. His return to the label with M.O.A.M. unites two established Jamaican brands, each committed to proving that quality reggae with the potential for widespread global appeal is still being made in the music’s birthplace. Although many younger Jamaican artists embrace trap and hip-hop over indigenous reggae and dancehall, a stark contrast to the proliferation of young American reggae bands, especially in California, Tad’s Record founder Tad Dawkins is determined to see Jamaican reggae restored to prominence internationally. It’s an objective he firmly believes will be fulfilled with the release of M.O.A.M. 

Tracklist

1. Man On a Mission
2. Rising Sun
3. Plant a Seed
4. Tik Tok I’m Coming
5. Blame it on the Wine
6. Taxi Driver feat Dean Fraser
7. Stronger in Love feat Dean Fraser
8. Made for the Battle feat Turbulence
9. Kuja Nyumbani (I Want to Go)
10. Smile Today

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Ginjah – Fall In Love

Ginjah - Fall In Love

Ginjah – Fall In Love:

Ginja’s New Track, Fall In Love, Soaring High

Living up to his moniker as ‘Reggae’s Soul Man’, Ginjah expresses unbridled passion for his woman and mankind on “Fall in Love”, his latest song. Produced by Tomique Williams, it is scheduled for release on October 7 by Tad’s International Record.

It is the follow-up to “These Arms”, another ballad released early this year by the same company. A prolific writer, Ginjah said he wanted to do more than just an ‘I love you’ song’. “Fall in Love” is the result.

“I was thinking about a song that the entire world will accept. A universal song, that was the mindset; finding something to stick in the minds of the people in this competitive world,” he explained.

An impressive lineup of musicians accompanied Ginjah on “Fall in Love”. They are premier saxophonist Dean Fraser, Donald “Danny Bassie” Dennis of The Firehouse Crew, drummer Makiri Whyte, Oneil Dacres on keyboards and guitarist N’namdi Robinson.

“Fall in Love” is projected for Ginjah’s upcoming album, to be released by Tad’s International Record. Fans can expect quality songs similar to “Sweet Killer”, “Never Lost my Way” and “Guilty Conscience”, which have made him one of contemporary reggae’s respected artistes.

Ginjah is eager to show fans that love has no boundaries. People can be as passionate about correcting humanity’s ills as they are about their spouse.

“Let’s not forget that music can be used as a vehicle to bring about societal change,” he said.

Brigadier Jerry – Original Culture DJ

Brigadier Jerry - Original Culture DJ

Brigadier Jerry – Original Culture DJ

Veteran DJ Brigadier Jerry Delivers New Hit ‘Original Culture DJ’

One of the hippest places to go in Jamaica during the 1970s and early 1980s, was a Jah Love dance. One of the artistes who helped put that sound system on the map was Brigadier Jerry with his hard-hitting cultural lyrics.

It’s 2022 and he’s still on top of his game. The aptly-titled “Original Culture DJ”, his latest song, hears the veteran toaster in fine form.

Released in August by Tad’s International Record, it is the lead single from his pending album which is due for release soon. “Original Culture DJ” is co-produced by Tad Dawkins Jr. and Tad Dawkins senior.

The song hears ‘Briggy’ making note of the global respect he has earned by keeping the music clean and giving praise to Jah Rastafari, something he has done throughout his career and for most of his life.

Like many Jamaican youth who came of age during the roots-reggae era of the 1970s, Brigadier Jerry discovered the message and ‘livity’ of Rastafari. His introduction to live music came with Stur Gav, the mighty sound system owned and operated by legendary toaster Daddy U Roy.

As his Rastafarian faith grew, Brigadier Jerry joined the ranks of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, the organisation that owns Jah Love. It was with that ‘sound’ that he made his mark.

While he was popular at Jah Love dances, Briggy also made his mark as a recording artiste with hit songs like “Pain” and the patriotic “Jamaica Jamaica”.

Forty-odd years later, fans are still saluting the Brigadier. Take a listen to “Original Culture DJ” and you will hear why.

Written by Howard Campbell

Produced by Tad A. Dawkins Jnr.

Listen now: https://ingrv.es/original-culture-dj-9u2-v

Ginjah – These Arms – Tad’s Record

Ginjah - These Arms - Tad’s Record

Ginjah Pours Out His Heart In New Video “These Arms”
The latest video release from reggae artist Ginjah, is a sonorous love song that legitimizes his nickname Reggae Soulman.

These Arms – a three and half minutes lovers-rock tune – was constructed by Kirk Bennett, Wrong Move and Ginjah. Regarding his vocal performance: it is intense, impassioned and personal, hence the preceding pronouncement. The video adds new life to the track and a vivid picture of the soul and meaning of the lyrics.
“My woman inspired this song, just wanted her to know that I’ll be there for her throughout life’s journey, keeping her safe & warm like the song said” explains Ginjah.
The video for These Arms was directed by Kenny Gray and produced by Valentine ‘Ginjah’ Fraser EXCLUSIVELY for Tad’s Record.

Tanya Stephens – Some Kinda Madness – Album

Tanya Stephens - Some Kinda Madness - Album

TANYA STEPHENS RELEASES 10th STUDIO ALBUM SOME KINDA MADNESS

20-TRACK ALBUM FEATURES CEDELLA MARLEY, DIANA KING, BIG YOUTH, NADINE SUTHERLAND, SINGER J, SABRINA QURESHI, KELLY SHANE

Internationally-acclaimed Jamaican singer-songwriter Tanya Stephens releases her 10th studio album Some Kinda Madness today via Tad’s Record. Produced by Tad A. Dawkins Jnr., the 20-song collection takes listeners on a wild ride through the mind and music of one of the island’s most celebrated artists. Enlisting vocal support from some of reggae’s finest, Tanya explores the full spectrum of Jamaica’s native genres, as she masterfully guides the audience along on scorching dancehall songs like “Aloe Vera” and “FIFTY,” which features groundbreaking female deejay legend Patra; on raucous ska numbers like “Jezebel,” featuring “Million Women Rise” founder Sabrina Qureshi; on deeply moving ballads like “World Go Round,” “So Damaged,” featuring Tanya’s daughter Kelly Shane’s professional vocal debut, and on the previously released “Diamonds In The Sun,” which features veterans Cedella Marley and Diana King. Tanya shines on heavy one drop rhythm tunes like the album’s title track, which features a powerful effort by Singer J, “Weight In Gold (ft. Nadine Sutherland),” and “Reset” featuring the charismatic elder Big Youth.

The album was accentuated by the simultaneous release of an official video for the standout single, “Not Today.” Directed by Prof & Kryss Ras, the new visuals depict Tanya taking the ultimate day off in the country, as she pampers herself with a skinny-dip, some Old Tavern wine, a little something to smoke, a good book, and the company of a good friend. Of the video concept, Tanya offered “this is just a woman finding her peace amidst the daily bullshit she must endure.” In the opening lyric of the song, the outspoken Stephens quells any doubts about who she is and what she will or won’t tolerate:

I’m a thick-skinned, whiskey drinking, foul-mouthed,
critical thinking hippie on a soul mission.
Nothing can mess with my head.
Not today dread.

Stephens celebrated the launch of Some Kinda Madness at Kingston’s famed Tuff Gong Studios with a special pre-release performance and interview that was broadcast live on Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio on SiriusXM just hours before the album dropped. Stephens chatted with media personality DJ Sparks about the new project and entertained the satellite radio audience by debuting the new material, while also delivering on time-tested classics. The live broadcast was the first of its kind on Tuff Gong Radio that wasn’t related to a Bob or Rita Marley birthday celebration. A press reception, sponsored by Old Tavern Wine, was held after the show. In attendance at Tuff Gong were select members of the Jamaican media, including The Bridge 99 FM’s Richie B, who has the poignant “Diamonds In The Sun (ft. Cedella Marley and Diana King)” at number 1 on his Jamaica Music Countdown Top 25 Reggae Singles chart today.

Of the warm reception to the new album, Tanya said “it feels good to create a body of music after such a long time! I had the honor and pleasure of working with the most talented and diverse group of artistes and musicians, and I can’t wait to share my bit of madness with the world.”

Previously released tracks from the Some Kinda Madness project include the steel pan-driven “Zig Ziggler,” the heartfelt ballad “World Goes Round,” “Diamonds In The Sun (featuring Cedella Marley and Diana King),” and “FIFTY (featuring Patra).”

With a career spanning more than three decades, Tanya Stephens has managed to create an enviable musical legacy. Her prolific songwriting skills coupled with her rich tone and straight-talking personality have transported her into a realm of music royalty. Stephens made a name for herself in the late 90’s with dancehall staples like “Yuh Nuh Ready For This” and “Goggle,” before establishing herself as one of the island’s most gifted songwriters with unforgettable tunes like “It’s a Pity” and “These Streets.” Some Kinda Madness shows no sign of Tanya Stephens slowing down as she approaches her 50th birthday.

Terry Linen – Playing Money Games

Terry Linen - Playing Money Games

Terry Linen Creating Waves with ‘Playing Money Games’

‘Playing Money Games’ is the newest single from Jamaica’s Reggae soulful singer, Terry Linen. This track offers social commentary on the topic of money’s role in relationships and is bound to be a chart topper. This scorching hot single was recorded exclusively for Tad’s Record.

Hezron Clarke – Man on a Mission (M.O.A.M.)

Hezron Clarke - Man on a Mission (M.O.A.M.)

Today, Montego Bay, Jamaica raised vocalist, songwriter and producer Hezron Clarke will be releasing his album, M.O.A.M. (Man on a Mission) via Tad’s Record (Ernie Ranglin, Tanya Stephens). The album is available via all streaming platforms. Hezron also shares the new acoustic video for “Smile Today.”
 
Recorded in Reggae’s birthplace, Kingston Jamaica, M.O.A.M. features some of Jamaica’s greatest musicians including Dean Fraser (saxophone), Kirk “Kirkle Dove” Bennett (drums), Donald “Danny Bassie” Dennis (bass), Mitchum Khan (guitar), Carol “Bowie” McLaughlin (keyboards) and Robbie Lyn (keyboards). On a lyrical front, the album embodies feel-good vibes with motivational and inspirational concepts that encourage patience and resilience. 

The album includes three unique singles including title track “Man on a Mission”, a song about his personal journey as a goal oriented person, which also offers encouragement to anyone in pursuit of their dreams, despite the inevitable challenges, while also honoring the heroes all around us. The second single “Tik Tok I’m Coming” appeals to his more sensual side channeling an r&b laced track reminiscent to Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get it On.” Lastly, “Save The Children”, released on June 24th, is a heartfelt commentary on the alarming number of brutal acts committed against the youth, including physical and sexual abuse. 

With inspiration from classic soul artists such as Luther Vandross, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, to 90’s favorites KC and Jojo and Dave Hollister to iconic Jamaican singers Beres Hammond and Dennis Brown, Hezron has embodied his own classic vocal and musical style while taking notes from some of the greats. 

Hezron released his debut album The Life I Live(d) on Tad’s Record in 2015. His return to the label with M.O.A.M. unites two established Jamaican brands, each committed to proving that quality reggae with the potential for widespread global appeal is still being made in the music’s birthplace. Although many younger Jamaican artists embrace trap and hip-hop over indigenous reggae and dancehall, a stark contrast to the proliferation of young American reggae bands, especially in California, Tad’s Record founder Tad Dawkins is determined to see Jamaican reggae restored to prominence internationally. It’s an objective he firmly believes will be fulfilled with the release of M.O.A.M. “Hezron is trying to pivot to a wider audience and propel his achievements to the next level. He has that fire in him and he is going to make it work because he is a man on a mission,” states Tad. 

“M.O.A.M (Man on a Mission), in its truest sense, is a mission to bring back great Jamaican music and musicianship to the mainstream,” offers Hezron. “It’s a reminder of where reggae is supposed to be in the world.” 

Tracklist
1. Man On a Mission
2. Rising Sun
3. Plant a Seed
4. Tik Tok I’m Coming
5. Blame it on the Wine
6. Taxi Driver feat Dean Fraser
7. Stronger in Love feat Dean Fraser
8. Made for the Battle feat Turbulence
9. Kuja Nyumbani (I Want to Go)
10. Smile Today
11. Black Widow
12. Warriors Code feat Tony Skrelunas ‘Navajo’ and Gabriel Yavia ‘Hopi’
13. Holding On
14. Save The Children
15. One Day Out a Seven
16. Resilience
17. Walk in Love and Light
18. Made for the Battle (bonus track)

The single is produced by: Hezron Clarke
The album is produced by: Herzon Clarke
Distributed by Tad’s Record Inc.

Anthony Cruz – If You Were Here Tonight

Anthony Cruz - If You Were Here Tonight

Anthony Cruz – If You Were Here Tonight

Singer, song writer and producer are just some of the many hats worn by Anthony Cruz. His soulful voice and classy attire have many people referring to him as one of the most charismatic entertainers out of Jamaica. There’s no mistaking the mesmerizing effect he has on the ladies, with each track he puts out on the airwaves.

His latest release is a melodious Reggae rendition of Alexander O’Neal’s, ‘If You Were Here Tonight’, produced by Mark Ho-Sang and Tad Dawkins Jr.. This sizzling single is taken from his upcoming album, ‘Under the Cover’ to be released on the Tad’s Record label.

Tanya Stephens featuring Patra – FIFTY

Tanya Stephens featuring Patra - FIFTY

Internationally-acclaimed Jamaican singer-songwriter Tanya Stephens celebrated her 49th birthday by gifting the world with a surprise new single “FIFTY,” featuring another chart-topping female artist of Golden Era dancehall music, Patra. Produced by Tad Jr., the monstrous new collaboration off Stephens’ upcoming album Some Kinda Madness (out September 2 via Tad’s Record and available now for pre-order), finds the legendary artists offering fair warning to anyone who thinks that age might slow down the shenanigans of these two queens of the dancehall:

And If yuh think mi bad now
wait till mi lick FIFTY, dem a go say a how dah big woman yah so frisky
Want a buddy weh knock it inna gypsy
Bad when mi sober, worse when mi tipsy

And if yuh think we bad now, wait till yuh see half ah century
When a dozen big woman a mek a entry
An we a sip di henny bottle till it empty
Keep up behavior weh upset di gentry

To further demonstrate that age ain’t nothing but a number, Tanya Stephens dropped the “FIFTY” official lyric video today. Directed by Romario Rodney and Rayon Smith, the brand new visuals invite us into a grown woman bashment party hosted by the “maturing” bad gyal herself. As the dancers drop from headtop to full split, they leave little doubt that there is no substitute for experience.

Of the unexpected, but welcomed combination, Tanya says, “Patra is an unquestionable bad ass! She influenced urban culture and inspired many of us women to embrace our sensuality even as we stood in our strength. Having her bless this track feels like my personal revolution now has a soundtrack and I’m excited to step into my 50’s with this kind of energy!”

Patra broke boundaries in the 1990’s — a time many consider to be the Golden Era of Dancehall music — with seminal albums like Queen Of The Pack, which topped the Billboard Reggae Albums chart, and rude gyal anthems like “Romantic Call,” a collaboration with Compton superstar emcee Yo-Yo. Patra’s unparalleled success during that time paved the way for future female Jamaican singers and deejays like Tanya Stephens, who also made a name for herself in the following years with dancehall staples like “Yuh Nuh Ready For This” and “Goggle,” before establishing herself as one of the island’s most gifted songwriters with unforgettable tunes like “It’s a Pity” and “These Streets.”

“FIFTY” stands as the second official single released from Stephens’ upcoming 20-track album, which also features support from reggae heavyweights like Cedella Marley, Diana King, Big Youth, and Nadine Sutherland, among other guests. Previously released tracks from the Some Kinda Madness project include the steel pan-driven “Zig Ziggler,” the heartfelt ballad “World Goes Round,” and the uplifting single “Diamonds In The Sun (featuring Cedella Marley and Diana King).”

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