Kehv, The Prince of Reggae Soul is one of those artists. If you have not heard of Kehv, then you’ve got some real catching up to do! Kehv been bubbling on the music scene since his earlier recordings in 1995. Born in the same parish of the late great Bob Marley, Kehv maintains his strong reggae influence while blending the soulful sounds of R&B seamlessly, developing a sound all his own which he and his team calls “Reggae Soul.”
Growing up in Jamaica, Kehv’s musical career began at the early age of ten in the church choir. He blossomed into an amazing vocalist and prolific songwriter; with no formal training He mastered both the guitar and piano. After migrating to the United States and settling in Miami FL, where his love for R&B grew, Kehv recorded his first single “Half Way There” in 1995. With the demand from his audience for more music highlighting his beautiful vocals and heartfelt melodies, Kehv continued writing, performing and released new music every chance he got. Currently on radio stations worldwide his latest singles “Distant Lover”, “Caribbean Sol-Jah” and “Conscious Farmer” are in heavy rotation.
On his journey to attaining worldwide recognition, his music has taken him all over the globe, back to Jamaica, and places such as Germany and Brazil to name a few. Kehv has been fortunate to work with superstars and producers such as Kymani Marley, Wyclef, Jean, Tony Kelly, Earl “Chinna” Smith, Willy Lindo, Joshua Thompson, Lazaro Mendez, Born Free, Leroy “Badness”, Dean Thomas, Stupid Genius and many more. He has also shared the stage with international artists and bands such as Inner Circle, The Wailers, Big Mountain, Beenie Man, Shaggy, Sean Kingston, Dwayne Stephenson and Derrick Morgan the crowned King of Ska. Kehv have captured the minds of many far and wide and has been featured on major network stations such as BET, Hype TV, MTV, and Yaad Beat TV.
Tell our readers a bit about yourself
Greetings all. I go by the name KEHV, Prince of Reggae Soul. I Love music and I want to share it with you.
What part of Jamaica are you from?
I was born in Jamaica St Ann, a parish known for good herb and Legendary talents like the late great Robert Nesta Marley.
How would you describe your music?
My music is home grown…I can’t say it has more of this or that just lots of Love. What tends to shine through is R&B with a Roots Reggae foundation, which speaks to my life.
How did you get started in music?
I started learning about music in church, children’s choir. I had a love since back then for beautiful, meaningful music. I believe that foundation is still with me today flowing through the words and melodies that I pull from the universe to express I self.
Tell us about your song on the “Kindah” collective
Conscious Farmer is a song born out of a want to change the world. The intent was to inspire people from all walks of life to be proud of who and where they are now, because where you are now is not where your gonna be later…so keep planting those seeds of hard work, sacrifice and humility and let them grow.
Preview “Conscious Farmer”
How did your environment growing up influence your music and style?
My environment influenced me tremendously…. Sometimes I wish for the bubble I grew up in to cover me once again and protect me from the disappointments of this indifferent world. Harmony, Unity, innovation, and a sense of community is my home..so I strive for these things always…
Why do you think it’s important to have music for children separate from music for adults?
Well we are a part of a natural system no matter how computerized we get. So naturally we don’t feed big people food to the likkle ones until dem ready, but the food we feed them now prepares their digestive system to handle the advancement to come.
You’re often described as the “Prince of Reggae Soul”, how did you arrive at such a title?
I’ve always been doing Reggae Soul, when I arrived on the scene many people were telling me I need to choose a side. Truthfully I did not want to get boxed in because I don’t promote segregation, especially when it comes to the arts…. So the name is my flag in the ground and a decision for me to define what I do verses waiting for others to accept me for who I am…ever since my stance I’ve been hearing more people embracing that genre, which is a step in a good direction.
What/Who inspires you?
Life…All of Gods creation is beautiful and once my mental space is opened to the subtle movements of Life in all it’s form, physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, I am then able to borrow from a well that is there for us all to drink from and I share the contents I consume through word, power and sound.
What do you want to be remembered for? What will your legacy be?
I want to be remembered for adding to the human experience a gateway that uplifts the soul…my music and my life’s work through the labor of my hands to affect a change towards the betterment of mankind.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
More defined and focused..the message never changes just intensifies
What can we expect from you in 2012?
More visits to different parts of the world spreading good vibes..good music…