On November 18th, Anthony Red Rose unveils his long awaited solo release, My Name Is Red Rose in cooperation with Zojak World Wide, the leader in digital distribution of reggae music. The conscious dancehall artist whose world-class production work (Terry Linen, Beenie Man, Capleton, Bounty Killer, to name a few) cut into his own recording time is proud to release his first album in over ten years. With solid dancehall classics already in his songbook, (“Tempo”, “Under Mi Fat Ting”, and his current hot video No AK Love) the 16 selections on My Name Is Red Rose are quintessential Anthony Red Rose who is on a mission to teach another generation of youth the importance of love over guns.
Welcoming such reggae luminaries Anthony B, Dean Fraser, Bounty Killer, Sly and Robbie, Brian Gold, Jack Radics and Mega Banton as well as dancehall’s bright new producers like Caspa ‘Hotwire’ (Banner & Eagle Eye rhythms), My Name Is Red Rose is a carefully composed album drawing from dancehall and lovers rock as well as roots and culture all flavored with Red Rose’s enthusiasm for R&B, pop and rock.
A storyteller and teacher at heart, Anthony Red Rose crafts lyrics calculated to strike a chord with his listeners. On the dancehall hit “Gangstaz Paradyze” produced by Sly & Robbie, Red Rose skillfully compares paradise to the cemetery to demonstrate how ‘gangsterism’ represents a choice of death over life. Highlighting cleverness and creativity in contrast to crime and violence, Rose stirs up a roots groove and reminds us to keep to the path of righteousness, regardless of whether ‘a-yard or abroad’ on “Yardie”. The album’s title track, “My Name Is Red Rose”, captures Rose’s distinguished production and soulful vocal style, weaving a playful web of compassion and satisfaction, “because the ladies always love a rose.”
Anthony B, Bounty Killer and Jack Radics all add their signature styles on “Dancing”, which reinforces Rose’s message to leave crime and guns behind and “dance to your own heartbeat.” Brian Gold adds sweet harmonies to the emotional “Trust”,while Sly & Robbie meld their More Baltimore rhythm to the tune. More romantic tangles flavor “Sugar Your Coffee” and “No Other Like Me”, where Rose and Bounty spar over the lucky lady who is “enchanted by love.”
Growing up Spanishtown Jamaica, Anthony ‘Red Rose’ Cameron started his career with the Sir Duncan sound system, eventually making his way to the immortal King Tubby’s where he recorded the dancehall mega-hit, “Tempo” in 1985. Bunny Lee, a regular at Tubby’s, took Red Rose under his wing and from that point on the artist’s career took off.
Known within the industry for his superior album production – Terry Linen’s Call On A Friend, Bounty Killer’s “Guns and Roses” and Fabbi Dolly’s “Peanut Punch” as well as countless 7″ riddims like Quarter to 12, Bedrock, the killer Tempo rhythm and huge hits by Prezident Brown, Marcia Griffiths, Anthony B, Morgan Heritage and Tanya Stevens on Rose’s Honeycone rhythm – My Name is Red Rose demonstrates Rose is fully as comfortable behind the microphone as he is manning the production board. My Name Is Red Rose will appeal to reggae devotees and music lovers worldwide with its close attention to positive, conscious reggae vibes and a crucial combination of live music and modern reggae beats.