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Richie Spice
Richie Spice
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RICHIE SPICE — TOURING NORTH AMERICA – MAY, JUNE 2013 – IN SUPPORT OF NEW RELEASE – SOOTHING SOUNDS: ACOUSTIC

International cultural reggae singer Richie Spice is currently one of the hottest reggae acts worldwide, moving with a positive message, top female vocalists and a sharp top cutter Jamaican band. He is a new breed reggae artist out of Kingston Jamaica. This October 2012 he released a new album called – Soothing Sounds: Acoustic. All his music is well received and consistently gets alot of play by the reggae DJ’s and the general public.

Earth a Run Red, Richie Spice’s biggest hit and now a worldwide reggae anthem, dominated the airwaves in a positive and conscious manner for many years. This song helped propel Richie Spice into the limelight and from there he has proven to the world his consistency in writing and producing hit songs and delivering them strongly live on the world stage.

Richie Spice has proven he has the formula for writing and producing hit songs. He surely has good songs, and the Billboard charts are proof of that. Reggae DJ’s and enthusiasts all over the world consistently play some Richie Spice in their selections. Richie Spice’s album Book of Job went straight to the top 10 on the Billboard Reggae charts. It consists of twelve tracks of socially conscious roots reggae. Richie Spice named his album Book of Job because of his commitment to creating uplifting music, which is a testimony to Job’s unwavering faith while he endured many hardships. The first single from the album, Black Woman, sees Spice paying homage to women. The single and accompanying video are now enjoying airplay on reggae channels globally.

Richie Spice has been touring the Western US with Kings Music International consistently every September for the last three years now. This September is to be his forth Western US tour in the past four years. Last September, 2011 Richie Spice had a very successful Western US tour. The February before that Spice played on all three of the Raggamuffin festivals in Long Beach, San Diego and Oakland, CA. Only the most popular reggae acts were chosen to play on all three of these festivals. On these shows Richie Spice was in fine form and was well received. His western U.S. tour in September 2010 was also a great success. His live set and band have been excellent and the show was a pleasure to witness.

Over the years Richie has been consistently touring and performing in Europe. He is very popular there. He and his crew also recently finished touring Australia, and they have now toured the entire Caribbean.

Richie Spice is a very strong consistant act. If you want a weekend date on this tour, move quickly to confirm him because these dates always fill in quickly.

BIOGRAPHY: RICHIE SPICE

In the Old Testament’s Book of Judges, Gideon led Israel to victory over the Midianites, who dwelled in the southeastern part of Palestine, with a small army equipped with only trumpets, lit torches and jars to conceal the torches’ flames. Following Gideon’s instructions, his three hundred soldiers blew their trumpets and smashed their jars as they shouted “a sword for the Lord, a sword for Gideon”. With that, the tens of thousands of Midianite troops fled in fear.

Armed with just a microphone, one-drop rhythms and purifying lyrical flames, singer Richie Spice is the Gideon of contemporary reggae. The publicly declared “prince of fire” uses culturally uplifting, spiritually fortified words to defeat the negative content that informs much of popular (Jamaican) music. Fittingly, Gideon Boot is the title track of Spice’s brilliant fourth album. Recorded over the timeless Johnny Too Bad rhythm (taken from The Slickers 1970s hit of the same name, popularized in the film The Harder They Come) the song details Spice’s strategic plan for delivering his musical sermon to an awaiting global audience. “I need a Gideon boot and a khaki suit to stand out inna Babylon and defend the truth/ I got a strong reggae beat with a mic in my hand fe lead out de youth dem outta destruction and let de people know right from wrong.”

Just like the singer’s previous albums “Universal”, “Spice In Your Life” and “In The
Streets to Africa”, “Gideon Boot” contains inspiring messages specifically aimed at empowering vulnerable youth. Spice confidently juxtaposes his songs of valor with unity themes (“Living In Love”, “Getting Harder”) and the importance of staying focused – “Make Up Your Mind”, “Hang On In There”. Spice’s flawless vocals effortlessly scale the high notes then smoothly segue into scatted improvisations as he weaves intricate, evocative melodies throughout this exquisite 15-track set that is certain to carry his name to un chartered territories for Jamaican music.

The traditional Rastafarian Nyabinghi drumming that dominates the opening cut “Babylon Falling” heralds the seriousness of Spice’s musical mission. “World Is A Cycle”, sung over producer Arif Cooper’s haunting “Guardian Angel” rhythm, is, as Spice explains, “a song for the children and for the parents saying be careful because what you do can fall right back on you and your kids.”

Also included is the current Jamaican hit “The Plane Land” which display’s Spice’s superb story telling skills. The song’s lyrics detail the frustration that oftentimes accompanies post 9/11travel. “Saddle up myself fe take interrogation…tek off mi shoes, tek off mi tam, if they ever find you with a spliff yu gone another land.” “It is a song everyone can relate to if they travel,” notes Spice, “and if they don’t travel, they will learn this is what we go through as entertainers as we go to other countries.”

Since 2004, when his apocalyptic single “Earth A Run Red” became the year’s most popular reggae song, Richie Spice has performed throughout the world, insuring that cultural roots reggae isn’t relegated to a bygone era but continues as a thriving, evolving musical genre.

Born Richell Bonner in the Kingston, Jamaica suburb of St. Andrew, Richie Spice hails from a musical family that includes his older brother Pliers (from the deejay/singer duo Chaka Demus and Pliers of “Murder She Wrote” fame), singer Spanner Banner and deejay Snatcher Dogg. It was Spanner Banner, (best known for his mid 90s hit “Life Goes On”) who first brought Spice to the recording studio; the hopeful singer, admittedly, couldn’t manage the rigors of professional recording but the opportunity opened his eyes to the proficiency required to succeed in the reggae industry. “That experience show me that to reach anywhere there is a lot of work to be done,” Spice reflects.

Spice continued working towards gaining a foothold in the music industry and shortly thereafter he met veteran producer Clive Hunt who produced his breakthrough single, the engaging lovers rock tune “Grooving My Girl”, still one of the most popular songs in Spice’s repertoire. “Grooving” was initially featured on Spice’s 2000 debut album “Universal”, as was the song that would make him a household name in Jamaica, “Earth A Run Red”.

Since 2004 Spice has become one of reggae’s most in demand talents and the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. He received the Most Cultural Artist Award at the 13th annual South Florida Reggae Soca Awards in 2005; he was voted the Male Singer/Singjay of the Year at Jamaica’s IRIE FM Awards in 2007 and following his performance at the first annual “Black My Story” concert held in Kingston on Feb. 2, 2008 Spice was honored for his positive musical contributions. His 2004 album “Spice in Your Life” was listed among the year’s best reggae releases by the New York Times; “In the Streets To Africa”, released in 2007, reached number 6 on the Billboard Reggae chart and one of the album’s biggest hits “Youth Dem Cold” peaked at number 59 on the Billboard Top 100 Singles Chart and ranked at number 29 on Vibe Magazine’s Best 44 songs of 2007. Now with the release of “Gideon Boot” even greater recognition is assured for Spice’s talent, as is the expansion of his international fan base.

“I’ve always had a wide meditation of having my music go out there to the world because I know it can go far,” says Spice. “But it is very hard singing of righteousness in the world. When you sing of good you will find that evil rise up and try to dominate good. But I will continue the fight, go out there and have people hear what I am saying.”

Contact: Peter Wardle
King’s Music International
Phone: (510) 326-8445 or online at reggaeangl@aol.com
http://www.kingsmusicinternational.com

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