At 70 years old, popular reggae crooner, Jimmy Reid, is showing no sign of slowing down. This weekend the award-winning recording artist will drop his latest album at the Jamaican Canadian Association’s centre and reggae lovers are in for a treat.
Presented by TP Media Group and Black Tiger Music, the launch of Reid’s album, Nah Give Up, will also feature performances by Nana McLean, Jay Douglas, Jill Donaldson, Tanya Reid and Boyo Harrison. The event will be hosted by Luther Brown and Sharon Campbell of CHRY FM.
Born in the parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica, Reid began his singing career in the late 1960s when he moved to West Kingston and began working with Duke Reid’s Studio. In 1974, he released his first single, “Time Will Tell”, which was well-acclaimed in Jamaica and internationally.
In 1975, he migrated to Canada and formed a group named Jimmy Reid & the Rocking Moments, which recorded the hit single “I’m So Fed Up”. Reid began a solo career shortly afterwards, and his singles “Rest Your Love on Me”, “Open the Door”, and “My Tears are Falling” all hit #1 on the Toronto reggae charts.
Reid’s first album, Are You Ready, was released to rave reviews in 1984. During his career, Reid has earned critical acclaim for his music, including the single, “Nah Give Up”, which was a hit in France, Australia, Canada and Jamaica, and the album Secret Emotionz, which received a Juno award nomination in the reggae category in 2001.
Known for his unique tone and charismatic stage presence, Reid has been honoured by several organizations over the years, including the Canadian Reggae Music Awards,
Jamaica Day Toronto Music Festival, Uprising Productions, Reggae Xclusive and Sandra Bashment Community Awards. He is also a recipient of the 2013 Canadian African Unsung Heroes Award in the arts and entertainment category, which recognized him for four decades of outstanding and consistent volunteer contributions that has made a positive impact in Canada and the Caribbean.
“It has been humbling to serve the community and my aspiration is to continue in this journey as an inspiration to those who will hear my music and present nothing but the best in sweet authentic reggae music,” he said.
The launch of Jimmy Reid’s album, Nah Give Up, will be held on Saturday, March 22 at the Jamaican Canadian Association, 995 Arrow Road (major intersection: 400 & Finch). Doors will open at 8 p.m. and showtime is 9 p.m. Admission is $25, which includes entrance fee and album.
For more information, call 905-460-4105, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.facebook.com/jimmyreidreggae.