Two of the strongest, firmest conviction roots reggae artists out of Jamaica, Everton Blender and Admiral Tibet team up on this special package. Everton Blender is touring to support his new release- It’s My Time, on Explorer recordings. He is touring with two females on background vocals including his daughter, Iesha Blender, who opens her father’s set with some good original songs of her own. Several of Blender’s hits, such as “Lift Up your Head,” “Ghetto People Song” and “Family Man” have risen to worldwide anthem status, helping to give people hope in all walks of life – especially the poor and needy. The same is true for Admiral Tibet’s hits, “Leave People Business”, “Serious Time” and “Couldn’t Believe It”. Giving to the poor in spirit is a key to paradise. Both artists are no- compromise lyricists who live the lives they sing about. When they perform, one quickly recognizes that these works are from the heart. The message is one of commitment to Godly principles and good living amongst people. Both artists are consistently hitting the market with fresh music for the cause of the people. Musically, they are specially gifted vocalists with unique styles of their own and deep catalogues to draw from.
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Biography: Everton Blender
One of the few Jamaican singers to truly bridge the gap between the roots and dancehall reggae styles is Everton “Blender.” When reggae fans hear the opening notes of “Lift Up Your Head,” “Ghetto People Song” or “Blend Dem,” they instantly recognize these songs as major cultural anthems of our time. The large number of hits Everton has accrued is most impressive.
Everton Dennis Williams was born in the parish of Clarendon, Jamaica, but grew up in Kingston 13 on Maxfield Avenue. He worked as a painter, construction worker and decorator, but he realized that the strong chemicals he was working with were not good for his voice or his health in general. With divine help and direction, he decided to leave his job to pursue a singing career.
Although Everton had recorded a handful of singles for various producers, he had yet to score with a hit on the Island. But that was about to change. In 1991 he voiced the autobiographical “Create a Sound.” The song described Everton’s experiences in the music business and with the Rasta faith. It was released the following year on the Star Trail label, and it was Everton Blender’s first hit. He continued to record for Star Trail, who had a distribution deal with Heartbeat Records. 1994’s Lift Up Your Head (HB 169) was Everton’s full length debut, and featured “Create a Sound,” along with the hits, “Family Man,” “Bring di Kutchie,” “My Father’s Home,” “Gwaan Natty,” and the title track, which would go on to become one of the biggest anthems of the 1990’s.
Everton continued to record for Star Trail and other labels, scoring hits including “Blend Dem,” “World Corruption,” “Bob Marley,” “Piece of the Blender,” “The Man,” and “Coming Harder,” all collected on the 1996 album, Piece of the Blender: The Singles (HB 209). At this time, Everton decided to take charge of his career and start his own label, which he named Blend Dem Productions. He began to finance most of his own recordings, a move that heightened tension between him and many who wished to control the music production and promotion on the Island.
But he persevered, knowing that being in control of his career was the right decision, and his relationship with Heartbeat became even stronger. In 1999, Heartbeat released Everton Blender’s first album by Blend Dem productions, Rootsman Credential (HB 227). Alongside boom shots like “Ghetto People Song,” “Why Do We Have to War,” and “False Words” were Everton’s own productions including “Slick Me Slick,” “These Hands,” and many more strong statements of Everton’s faith and will to succeed. Since the release of Rootsman Credential, Everton has toured the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean, establishing himself as one of the top touring forces from Jamaica. Live at the White River Reggae Bash (HB 242) captures Everton performing his most popular material with the Blend Dem band.
As the millennium came to a close, Heartbeat released an album of new Blend Dem productions that included top acts riding Everton Blender produced rhythms. Dance Hall Liberation (HB 246) features Anthony B, Tony Rebel, Louie Culture, Richie Spice, Everton Blender, daughter Isha, and others. Everton was also executive producer on Richie Spice’s debut album, Universal (HB 103), and plays a role in Spanner Banner’s new release, Real Love (HB 249).
In 2001, Blender released Visionary (HB 254), consisting of his trademark conscious commitment over sizzling roots and dancehall self-productions. With guest appearances by Bennie Man, Anthony B, Tony Rebel, and Marcia Griffiths, along with Everton’s own strong performance, the album garnered favorable reviews throughout the music press. 2001 and 2002 also marked excellent touring years for Blender, in which he headlined several major reggae events.
King Man (HB 258), released in 2002, represents another installment in Blender’s legacy of excellent reggae music. In 2005 Blender did a two-month North American tour with America’s Reggae Angels and July 2005 marks the release of My Time, his latest album on Explorer Records. It’s a strong album from beginning to end. Don’t miss him when he passes through your area.
BIOGRAPHY: ADMIRAL TIBET
Kennel Allen aka Admiral Tibet was born in the parish of St. Mary where he attended the Free Hill Primary and Port Maria Secondary Schools respectively. As a young child growing up, he always had a keen interest in music. He started performing on sound systems in and around his vicinity at a tender age.
Having listened to a wide variety of music, he credits veterans Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs as being his greatest influences.
At the urging of family and friends who recognized his talent, he worked diligently to develop his music skills.
In 1985, Tibet did his first recording for producer Sherman Clacher, entitled “Babylon War” on the Arabic and King International label. This recording gave him recognition locally and internationally. Another single “Leave People Business” produced by Winston Riley on the Techniques label, was an instant hit, followed by “Serious Time” which was recorded for producer Lloyd James on the King Jammys label and was later remixed with two times Grammy winner Shabba Ranks and the Don Gorgon Ninjaman on the MPLA rhythm. This song was also a major hit. Following these hit songs, in 1989 Tibet performed on Jamaica’s biggest stageshow, The Reggae Sunsplash, where on Dancehall Night he thrilled thousands of spectators and was recognized as a top performer of the night. Soon after, Tibet was awarded by The Rockers Awards- “Performer of the Year”. Having gained this status, Admiral Tibet was now booked on most of the major shows in Jamaica, such as Rebel Salute, Sting and The Reggae Sumfest.
In the following years, Tibet recorded for several producers a repertoire of original music reflecting a conscious roots, cultural awareness with social commentary. In the year 2000, he recorded “Gone Crazy” for producer Bobby Digital which was a chart mover for several weeks, followed by “Couldn’t Believe It” for artist/producer Sugar Roy on the Fireball label, which also hit the charts. To date, Tibet has recorded nine albums including “Coming to the Light” in 1987 for King Jammys, “Babylon War” for producer Sherman Clacher and “Leave People Business” for producer Winston Riley.
Admiral Tibet has toured extensively in the United States, Europe, Japan and the Caribbean. With a message of unity and love, Admiral Tibet continues to captivate audiences and leave them craving for more.