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                           "JERRY HARRIS " 




Jerry Harris, who for many years was the backbone of Lloyd "Wackies" Barnes' crew of musicians who wrote and co-produced songs for artists like as Horace Andy, Lee "Scatch" Perry, Jackie Mittoo, Sugar Minott, Mikey Dread and Max Romeo is getting set to release a new album titled "Mama Roots" that is dedicated to his mother. The single is due to hit stores in time for Mother's Day this year.The New Album is out now in stores get your copy www.cdbaby.com/cd/jerryharris11 The Video Mama. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxD_Knx


(Title Mama Roots) www.myspace.com/jerryreggae


Born Allan Harris in Portland, Jamaica, Jerry has since the age of 14 devoted his life to music.  He was influenced by his father who was a professional jazz and calypso musician on the hotel circuit in Jamaica. His first regular gig as a guitarist/backing vocalist came in 1972 when he played weekly at the Port Antonio Hotel with The Young Experience Band. For the next two years the band which included Junior Murvin, who garnered fame for his classic hit "Police And Thieves" performed with U-Roy, Toots & The Maytals and the Heptones.  


In 1974 Jerry migrated to New York where he joined The Stepping Stone Band. He subsequently joined The New Breed Band, backing Burning Spear on his first US tour which lead to gigs supporting Sugar Minott, Ken Boothe, The Blues Busters, and numerous other reggae artists.


Jerry released his first solo album I'm For You on Wackies Records label. He continued to write and arrange his own music which led to him producing the classic "Spreading All Over" album in 1987. He recorded "Rock This Session" in 1990 and "Smile And Be Happy" in 1991 which were both released by Japan based Alpha Enterprise.


As Jerry Harris & the Rhythm Force band, he backed Super Cat on one of his Canadian tours and Shabba Ranks in New York.  He was also a key member of the long running Japansplash since its inception in 1985 and has toured Japan with Max Romeo, Freddy Mcgregor, Japanese reggae star Nahki, Tiger, Barrington Levy, Alton Ellis, Judy Mowatt and Jimmy Riley. He is now a household name among Japanese reggae lovers thanks to his extensive tours of the country.


In 1992, Harris' music was included on the reggae compilation "Yesterday Once More" which was released on Polystar (Japan). The label followed with "Endless Love" (1993) and "Nice 'N' Good To You," which was released in Japan and the far East. He also released "Tonight" (2002), "Lovers Paradise" (2004), "Love and a message" (2006) and a none reggae album titled "New York City Love." Jerry continues to tour and produce other artists on his Listen Up Records label and currently works with Japanese record company Avex, Megarylu, Pang and DJ Nahki.





 

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"Mama Roots" by Jerry Harris (Reggae Artist from New York(NY))
POSTED BY: momof5pacs POSTED ON: 10 Oct 2009 07:48 PM

RadioIndy is pleased to present Jerry Harris with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Mama Roots "

With his deep, gruff, and oh-so-soulful voice, Jerry Harris’s “Mama Roots” CD is a funky reggae album with roots as deep as the singer’s own legacy. The prolific composer, a fixture in the NY reggae scene since the ‘70s, has once again delivered an album of potent rhythm and soul, a propulsive mix of Roots Reggae and Rocksteady that reflects the legion of key Jamaican talents he has worked with in 4 decades as a leading and important Reggae artist. Highlights include “Just a Little Love We Need” and the topical “Global Warming,” both owing a debt to Bob Marley-influenced grooves, but on “Mama” he shines with a Jimmy Cliff-like pop sensibility that transcends mere reggae-style labels. On “Mama Roots” Harris is once again backed by a stellar rhythm section, typically concise guitar fills, affecting horn parts, and backing vocals from a female chorus that is integral and subtle. Lyrically, there is a ‘70’s-centric affirmative and positive social relevance running through all his songs as he alternately exhorts, cajoles, and pleads for the kind of world that seemed nearer to realization in those more innocent times. Nevertheless, there is nothing out of date about either Jerry Harris’ message or the timeless brand of reggae he so effortlessly puts forth. Jerry Harris’ “Mama Roots” CD continues an ageless tradition of intoxicating Reggae/Rocksteady music.

-Rice B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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"Mama Roots" Reviewed by RadioIndy.com!
POSTED BY: EricLawrence POSTED ON: 04 Jun 2009 09:26 AM

With his deep, gruff, and oh-so-soulful voice, Jerry Harris’s “Mama Roots” CD is a funky reggae album with roots as deep as the singer’s own legacy. The prolific composer, a fixture in the NY reggae scene since the ‘70s, has once again delivered an album of potent rhythm and soul, a propulsive mix of Roots Reggae and Rocksteady that reflects the legion of key Jamaican talents he has worked with in 4 decades as a leading and important Reggae artist. Highlights include “Just a Little Love We Need” and the topical “Global Warming,” both owing a debt to Bob Marley-influenced grooves, but on “Mama” he shines with a Jimmy Cliff-like pop sensibility that transcends mere reggae-style labels. On “Mama Roots” Harris is once again backed by a stellar rhythm section, typically concise guitar fills, affecting horn parts, and backing vocals from a female chorus that is integral and subtle. Lyrically, there is a ‘70’s-centric affirmative and positive social relevance running through all his songs as he alternately exhorts, cajoles, and pleads for the kind of world that seemed nearer to realization in those more innocent times. Nevertheless, there is nothing out of date about either Jerry Harris’ message or the timeless brand of reggae he so effortlessly puts forth. Jerry Harris’ “Mama Roots” CD continues an ageless tradition of intoxicating Reggae/Rocksteady music.

-Rice B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
Check out Jerry Harris's music on RadioIndy.com with link to purchase and links to popular sites



JERRY HARRIS: Mama Roots (Reggae)
POSTED BY: radioindy POSTED ON: 28 May 2009 08:54 PM

JERRY HARRIS: Reggae Solutions

 

JERRY HARRIS: Mama Roots (Reggae) 

Lovers Rock Reggae, Roots Reggae

Recommended if you like Otis Redding, Dennis Brown, Luther Vandross.

CD price: $12.00 / MP3 price: $9.99



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