The historic “Reggae Revolution Tour” featuring reggae crooner Gramps Morgan and Ky-mani Marley which concluded recently at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angles, California was an overwhelming success. The tour attracted thousands of reggae fans in Vancouver, Victoria, Spokane, Seattle, Bellingham, Portland and included two heritage festivals: the 27th Annual Reggae on the River in Northern California where Gramps and Ky-mani shared stage with Tony Rebel, Bushman and Queen Ifrica; and the 12th Annual Ska Festival in Victoria, BC – a popular three day celebration of ska, reggae, dub and punk music.
“It was a special tour and fans enjoyed it! The music was great, the vibe was magical…I had the time of my life” Gramps noted.
Each night the lovers rock crooner served up a special palet of the most blistering, soulful, hybrid of cultural, lovers rock songs to thousands of fans who became locked in his constricting grip. The highlight was definitely him crooning the anthemic ‘The Almighty,’ the lead single from his soon to be released album. The US based singer proved a force to be reckoned with, delivering smash hits like “Come Back To Bed,” “One In A Million,” “Wash The Tears Away,” “One Night” and “Pslams 23.” Fans also enjoyed the coming together of Gramps and Ky-mani for their riveting rendition of the Marley classic “Get Up, Stand Up” each night.
“I feel honored to have had this opportunity to work with Ky-mani. It was a very historical tour as never before has a Marley and a Morgan toured together, although we have worked on records before. It was the first time ever and won’t be the last as it was pure chemistry. We have definitely formed a closer musical bond on this tour and I look forward to our up coming East Coast tour as well as working with him on other projects in the future” Gramps noted.
The tour came on the heels of the release of the hit single “The Almighty” that has topped the charts in South Florida, New York and Jamaica. Earlier this year Gramps made headlines for his stellar performance with his brother Peetah at the historic “Reggae 4 Japan,” benefit concert, to support the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Effort of the American Red Cross at the York College Performing Arts Center in Queens, New York.
“I feel blessed to have been asked to contribute my talent to help raise funds to assist Japan in its rebuilding efforts” he said.
Gramps has racked up numerous awards and nominations since becoming a solo artiste in 2009. Last year he earned a Soul Train nomination for “Reggae Artiste for 2010.” He previously won “Album of the Year” at the Reggae Music Appreciation Awards in Toronto; Album of the year (EME); Best New Entertainer, Best Song (Wash The Tears) and Best Cross Over (Therapy) at the IRAWMA in New York. He is also a Grammy-winning producer for his outstanding work on Buju Banton’s highly acclaimed album ‘Before the Dawn,’ which took top honors at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards earlier this year.
For the remainder of 2011, he will focus on completing his sophomore album titled ‘Reggae Music Lives.’ He is also producing songs for other young reggae acts, including his son Jemere, who was recently signed to his Dada Son Entertainment record label.