The long-awaited, unprecedented and extraordinary live concert in Atlanta, themed "Reggae Sensations" includes performances by an all-star line-up of legendary and prolific reggae idols. This 27-city, eight-week "For the Love of It" Tour was kicked off on January 3 in San Francisco, CA, and is crisscrossing the USA, making stops in major cities such as Colorado, Chicago, Hartford, Miami, New York, Orlando and, our hometown, metro-Atlanta.
Beres Hammond: a living legend and prolific singer, songwriter and producer with a reggae music career spanning more than 30 years. Beres Hammond has poured his smoky-sweet voice-an instrument of subtlety and power reminiscent of an Otis Redding, Luther Vandross or a Teddy Pendergrass-over every kind of music track, from the funked-up reggae jams of the '70s, to the lush instrumentation of soul sounds, as well as the spare digital beat of his 1985 dancehall breakthrough "What One Dance Can Do." Unlike any other reggae artist, Beres Hammond has blazed a trail of modern classics for a variety of producers, from the strugglers' anthem "Putting Up Resistance" (Tappa) to lovers' laments like "Come Back Home" (Star Trail) and "Double Trouble" (Steely & Clevie).
Beres's sophisticated musical taste is well suited to translate easily across cultural divides, yet the international reggae massive has remained his most loyal fan base. Among his many collaborative hits are stints with Buju Banton and Maxi Priest's first American hit, "How Can We Ease the Pain," in 1990. A brief encounter with Elektra Records in 1994 yielded the excellent album In Control with its R&B-flavored single "No Disturb Sign." To this date, Beres Hammond has continuously delivered hit songs that ease the mind and move the soul.
Marcia Griffiths: known as the "Empress of Reggae music," this recording superstar has a career spanning 40 years to date and still going strong. She hits high points internationally as a soloist and as a duo with Bob Andy, as Bob and Marcia. She has toured the world as a member of the I-threes with Bob Marley and the Wailers. Subsequently, as a soloist, she hit the Billboard chart with the "Electric Boogie Song" and created a world class dance, the Electric Slide.
Leon and the Peoples: Multi-talented actor Leon, best known for starring roles in The Temptations, The Five Heartbeats, Cool Runnings and The Little Richard Story is also a singer/songwriter, who has led the "Peoples" band in developing their signature sound. The Peoples Band features top-notch musical talent, high energy live performances and a commitment to sharing the reggae-soul sound and spirit to a world-wide audience. Leon passionately leads the band with his smooth and sultry vocals to heartfelt lyrics, many of which he has personally written.
"This is a great opportunity for us to be touring with reggae stalwart Beres Hammond. Beres has had such a long and distinguished career in the industry and is such a great performer. He is one of the best singer/songwriters and my personal favorite" Leon was quoted as saying.