Veteran Reggae music artiste O.C. Roberts has released his new single “LIE” available now on his own O.C. Roberts Music label and distributed worldwide by Tuff Gong International. O.C. was assisted by Jamaican legend Ansel Collins on the music production side of the song with a releationship between the two that goes back to the formitive days of Reggae. This is O.C.’s first new music since his latest album Made In Jamaica was released last year.
The man who is Owen aka O.C. Roberts started as a young man honing his craft in Kingston, Jamaica at The Bohemia club, where he was the lead singer of the resident band The Mighty Titans. This cohesive band backed many artists such as Marcia Griffith, Dennis Brown, Bob Andy, The Wailing Souls, The Mighty Diamonds, The Tamlins, Lee Scratch Perry, Ken Boothe, Lord Sasafras, and Beres Hammond to name a few when they would perform at the club.
While performing at the Bohemia, O.C. was discovered by Dougie Rod Bryan, lead guitarist of The Revolutioniares recording band, who’s drummer was Sly Dunbar, and keyboard player was Ansel Collins. O.C. recorded the reggae version of Teddy Pendergrass’ smash hit “Wake Up Everybody” for Sonya Pottinger’s High Note label. That version went on to hit #16 on the British Reggae Charts. He went on to record “Funny Feelings”, “Living a Life” and “Hey You” for record label Electro Sun. All of these songs were backed by the tight sound of The Revolutionaires.
O.C. then moved to Detroit and met a friend named Ian Allen (now at Universal Music Group) and Ira McLaughlin (formerly of Atlantic Records), and crafted a Reggae band together named The Samaritans.
The Samaritans quickly became the number 1 reggae band in Detroit for several years. The band shared the stage with Dennis Brown, Van Oats, Sugar Minott, Sammy Dread, and Sister Carol. The band won many awards for Best Reggae Band including, but not limited to five Metro Times Music Awards, four Local Source Awards, and five Metro Music Cafe Awards. O.C. individually won three Metro Times Awards for Best Reggae Vocalist. His talents guided him into the studio with Motown hit songwriter Barrett Strong (“I Heard it Through the Grapevine”) and Patrick Amae. Not only is O.C. a great vocalist, he is an amazing host. He has hosted concerts for Capleton, Beenie Man, Shaggy, Burning Spear, and Sizzla.
After the success of the band, O.C. took a hiatus to focus on radio for 12 years at 90.9 FM. He completed his latest album Made In Jamaica in 2019 including songs, “Made in Jamaica”, “Haters”, “Cut Them Off”, and “Calling My Name” which will be released and distributed worldwide through Tuff Gong International, Bob Marley’s label and distribution company
Singer/Songwriter O.C.Roberts has returned with full force and the fans are eager to hear his new album and see this electrifying performer again. This is the most powerful album of his career to date! We are all excited to hear what O.C. has in store for us.