Luciano, Inner Circle

Luciano

Jepther McClymont OD, aka Luciano was born October 20 1964 in Jamaica. He started recording in 1992, with his debut single "Ebony & Ivory" on the Aquarius Record label and followed with his debut album 'Moving Up' for RAS records in 1993.

Luciano is the seventh of nine children and was born to extremely spiritual and musical parents while growing up in Davey Town, a small district in the central parish of Manchester, Jamaica.

Luciano's music is influenced by many artists, especially Stevie Wonder, Frankie Paul and most memorably of all "The Crown Prince of Reggae" the Late Great Mr Dennis Emmanuel Brown.

After voicing several covers for the Producer Sky High, Luciano released "Give My Love A Try," which was produced at Castro Brown's New Name Studio and was a hit in Jamaica. It was there that Luciano met Freddie McGregor the former Studio One child star who had become an International Reggae Superstar.

It was later on that he changed his stage name to Luciano while often being referred to as "Jah Messenjah" and also at around that time collaborating with Fattis Burrell's Xterminator label where he developed his conscious roots aspect. After recording several LPs for Burrell, he recorded a set for Island records before starting an independent career recording.

Luciano is an award-winning artist and although his object is to stay humble, he has received numerous awards including 'Most Spiritual and Educative Singer' and Mandela's 'Most Cultural Artist'. He even received a plaque from the Jamaican government to encourage him in the work he is doing. He was awarded the Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer on October 15, 2007 in recognition of his contribution to reggae music.

In July 2009, Luciano paid his respects to fellow musician Michael Jackson by releasing a Reggae tribute of Jackson's iconic song, "We are the World"

Luciano has travelled the Globe extensively. In 2011 he spread out to more of the Continents - Africa, Australia and Asia. His favorite places are the motherland, Africa and the cradle of civilization, Ethiopia. His album The United States of Africa reflects this love and longing. His most recent solo album Write My Name was released in November 2010. In 2011 he released Rub-A-Dub Market.

The Jamaican-bred Inner Circle is one of the world’s most respected reggae groups in the world, with a long string of successes stretching back to the mid-70s. The two-time Grammy-winning quintet’s special brand of pop-oriented Jamaican beats and energy-filled live performances allow the band to transcend the traditional reggae niche and enjoy widespread crossover appeal. A mainstay at many of the world’s largest music festivals, Inner Circle has shared the stage with music icons such as Elton John, Bob Marley, Van Morrison, The Black Crowes, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Carlos Santana and many others.

Inner Circle is perhaps most known for the success of “Bad Boys,” the title track from the album of the same name, and the theme song to the television show, Cops. “Bad Boys” became a number one hit in almost every European territory and sold seven million copies worldwide. After winning a 1993 Grammy for Best Reggae Album with “Bad Boys,” the band scored again with the 1994 hit album “Reggae Dancer.”

Along the way, the group withstood two-and-a-half decades of triumph and tragedy, including the death of original lead singer, Jacob Miller, and various lineup changes. Despite these challenges, Inner Circle’s intense loyalty to one another – and their fans – has yielded more than 30 years of chart-topping hits and world tours. “To some people a world tour is North America, Europe and Japan, but not us. If it’s on the map, we’re going there,” says Inner Circle artist Ian Lewis. “Traveling around the world, you really learn that everybody’s basically the same. Music is the highest language; it transcends politics, geography, skin color; it transcends all the things that separate people.”

After over three decades, Inner Circle remains one of reggae's most successful crossover groups. Their most recent full album, Blazzin' Fire: Classic Cuts (DubShotta/SoundBwoy Ent), echoes their universal relevance, with hard-hitting lyrics and guest appearances by the likes of Buju Banton, Pitbull, Stephen and Damian Marley, Anthony B and more. Blazzin' Fire: Classic Cuts and Inner Circle’s intense tour schedule re-asserts the depth of Inner Circle's musical history. They are survivors, one of a handful of pioneering reggae bands still around with the credentials and artistry to do it.

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