Originally referred to as Sentimental Touch in the Jazz World, C-Sharp came together in December 2001 with core members Aeion “Yaaka” Hoilett, Dwain “Wiya” Campbell and Ordean “Bingy” Francis while studying music at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. All hailing from the North Coast, the group began their musical journey in the renowned “Room 13” at the college, jamming‟ for hours after classes. Needing to satisfy their insatiable appetite for playing music, during the first two years of coming together, the group played at weddings, school concerts and many other small events once the opportunity arose. During this time guitarist Lamont “Monty” Savory joined the group and C- Sharp formed alliances with great musical influences such as Ibo Cooper, of the famed Third World Band, that would later on prove very influential in their becoming the renowned group they are today. In perfecting their sound, C Sharp changed faces by welcoming Randevon “Randy” Patrick as their new drummer, and Chevaughn Clayton with his dynamic vocal skills as lead singer and percussionist, both bringing a solid sound to an already eclectic five-man band.
In 11 years C-Sharp boasts an impressive resume, having toured most of Europe, parts of The United States of America, Africa and Asia. In 2003 they were invited to represent Jamaica, in Suriname, at The Caribbean Festival of the Arts (CARIFESTA). Along with performing at CARIFESTA, the group was invited to share in Haiti’s milestone 200th year of Independence in early January 2004. In 2005 C-Sharp represented Jamaica and reggae music at the Jamaican Independence Celebration held in Beijing China and in 2012 made another entry into Asia. C-Sharp made a presentation of some of their best tracks taken from their Debut album, titled “What A Day,” at Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest of 2005, Red Label Wine East Fest 2007 and Smile Jamaica Africa Unite 2008, showcasing a vibrant collection of sound and youthful melody.
In 2006 the Band released a new single titled “No More,” the video for which spent 14 weeks on the CVM Hit List Chart in the Top 5 position. The song got international recognition, making radio charts from Africa to Europe and parts of the Caribbean. With the release of their new album, “The Invitation” C-Sharp now focuses on taking a more mature sound to stages internationally. In May 2012 C-Sharp returned to Asia this time performing at the Latin America Cultural Festival in South Korea which was followed by a 6 weeks tour of Europe starting at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia Italy. They have worked as opening act for Rita Marley since 2005 and has worked closely phenomenal artistes such as Third World’s Ibo Cooper, Gospel Sweetheart’s Robert and Jenieve Bailey, Taurus Riley, Abijah, Queen Omega, Turbulence and was the touring band for reggae artistes Tony Rebel and Queen Ifrica. They were also the opening act for Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson at the Hilton Hotel in Kingston Jamaica at a special Valentine Day concert. C-Sharp continues to tour and, as they build their musical reputation, a “Sentimental Touch” is left with fans worldwide.
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