Warrior King (Reggae Artist)

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Singer, mes­sen­ger War­rior King came on the inter­na­tional reg­gae scene in the early 2000’s using his gift of song to spread Jah truth through­out the land. In 2001, his sin­gle Vir­tu­ous Women graced the air­waves inter­na­tion­ally and become num­ber one through­out many coun­tries. Vir­tu­ous Woman was an inter­na­tional smash, its right­eous lyrics prompt­ing the Jamaica Observer to declare the singer “one of the artistes who made a dif­fer­ence in 2001.”

Since that aus­pi­cious begin­ning, War­rior King’s com­po­si­tions have con­sis­tently charted not only in his native Jamaica, but through­out the entire Caribbean, as well as New York, Lon­don, Tokyo and beyond. His debut album Vir­tu­ous Women was released shortly there­after, also fea­tur­ing a hand­ful of top chart­ing sin­gles includ­ing Breadth of Fresh Air and Power to Chant. Vir­tu­ous Woman, was an inter­na­tional smash, its right­eous lyrics prompt­ing the Jamaica Observer to declare the singer “one of the artistes who made a dif­fer­ence in 2001. A Friend Indeed is cur­rently get­ting heavy rota­tion in Jamaica, while Jah Is Always There was a recent sum­mer smash on Atlanta’s More Fire chart. The inclu­sion of Never Go Where Pagans Go on VP Records’ highly influ­en­tial Reg­gae Gold 2002 fur­ther raised the artist’s profile.

Vir­tu­ous Woman, fea­tures pro­duc­tion by such heavy hit­ters as Shel­don ‘Cal­ibud’ Stew­art (Siz­zla), Richard ‘Shams’ Browne (T.O.K., Sean Paul), Lion Paw (Luciano, Jr. Kelly) and Pent­house (Buju Ban­ton, Beres Ham­mond) as well as guest appear­ances by Jah­mali and dub poet, DYCR. With titles like “Love Jah and Live” and “Boast Not Myself,” the CD’s sev­en­teen tracks are designed, says War­rior King, to “uplift people’s heart, mind and soul in a pos­i­tive way. All of the songs are writ­ten by me, through inspi­ra­tion of the Father. Every­body can relate to a song on the album, I’m sure of that.” The album opens up with “Power To Chant,” a spir­i­tual invo­ca­tion of Jah that neatly sets the tone for what’s to fol­low. Each song has a dif­fer­ent style, but the mes­sage empha­sizes purity and truth. The 1980s roots reg­gae vibe that informs “Africa Shall Be Free” recalls the melodic style of such leg­ends as the Mighty Dia­monds and Cul­ture; ”Health and Strength,” built on a foun­da­tion of Nyabinghi drum pat­terns, extols the pow­ers of nat­ural liv­ing; “What’s Going On,” fea­tur­ing Jah­mali, is War­rior King’s inter­pre­ta­tion of the Mar­vin Gaye clas­sic; “Edu­ca­tion Is Key,” set to the vin­tage “Storm” rid­dim, is a smash hit youth empow­er­ment anthem; “Baby Don’t Worry” is a gen­tle love song, while “Make Me Feel” chan­nels the same energy into a more sen­sual vibe. Also included are “Vir­tu­ous Woman,” “Never Go Where the Pagans Go” and other com­po­si­tions that have built War­rior King’s rep­u­ta­tion.  War­rior King’s sec­ond full-length CD release – Hold the Faith – is another strong CD with sim­i­lar strengths and virtues. This CD was also well received.

War­rior King was born on the 27th of July 1979, in Kingston’s Jubilee Hos­pi­tal, soon mov­ing to Claren­don, and set­tling in the grow­ing city of Port­more at age eleven. “From birth, I’ve always loved music, but it was not until I attended high school at the age of thir­teen that I thought about it as some­thing I could do myself,” War­rior King explains. “At that time I fol­lowed Bounty Killer’s style, but then my friend War­rior Mark, him said, ‘You have the poten­tial. You have the tal­ent.’ From there I started increas­ing my own thing, and with encour­age­ment from my peers and inspi­ra­tion and t’ing, the music started to flow.” Like many suc­cess­ful Jamaican enter­tain­ers, War­rior King gained his ear­li­est stage expe­ri­ence in tal­ent shows. “I started out with school con­certs at first,“ he says. “At the time when I just came inna music, I used to do some com­bi­na­tions with a yout’ named Likkle Blacks, Mar­lon Stew­art. We used to do Tastee’s Tal­ent Show together, so we could really start get­ting exposed and gain expe­ri­ence.” When he first started out War­rior King chat­ted in a hard­core dee­jay style, like his orig­i­nal hero, Bounty. A switch to the more holis­tic “sing­jay” sound came grad­u­ally. “It’s a nat­ural thing what just grow inside of me, even with­out me real­iz­ing,” the singer rea­sons. “Peo­ple started telling me they hear I can sing now. So, really and truly it’s just a nat­ural change.” Even his name is an exten­sion of this evo­lu­tion. “I changed my name from ‘Junior King’ to ‘War­rior King’ because it have a more spir­i­tual feel to it. Fight­ing against oppres­sion, fight­ing against wrong. I’m Jah war­rior, yuh know, fight­ing a war of root­i­cal love. ”

War­rior King believes that edu­ca­tion is the key to bet­ter­ment and hopes that his music will serve to con­vey the teach­ings of His Impe­r­ial Majesty, Haile Selassie I. “As a Rasta­far­ian you just don’t sing music, you sing music with a pur­pose and a mis­sion. To the four cor­ners of the Earth,” says War­rior King, “I carry my music, and the mes­sage of the King. And the mes­sage of love, to all peo­ple of all races.”

War­rior King has recently been work­ing in the stu­dios with the leg­endary pro­ducer Colin “Bulby” York, and Sly and Rob­bie. Love is in the Air, his new album, is some of his best work to date. This album is soon to be released.

War­rior King is a seri­ous reg­gae artist who cur­rently car­ries a buzz inter­na­tion­ally and con­tin­ues to work his craft. His future looks bright, as he con­tin­ues to improve and build his cat­a­logue and his fan base.

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  1. Neccemiller says:

    Love ur music. Love vic­tious woman. I can lis­ren to u sing all day. God bless u for mak­ing ur coun­try shine with pride. Keep up the love.….

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