October 05, 2008
Irie Love makes music the Gedion way
Named by her father after the Third World song, Irie Ites, one could say it was destined for Irie Love to be musically inclined. A top 12 finalist in the 2006 Red Stripe Irie Fm Big Break Contest for upcoming artistes, Irie Love became one of the most recognisable persons in the competition.
She soon came to the attention of singing group, Morgan Heritage and in April 2007, Irie Love became the first female artiste signed to their Gedion Music production company. Since then, she has been touring the world as the opening act for Morgan Heritage. Her debut album entitles Life of LOVE, is scheduled for release on October 7th and then released on iTunes on October 10th.
Her first single, It Was Me, produced by Stephen McGregor, is currently in rotation in Europe and many other countries. In addition to touring with Morgan Heritage Irie Love has performed on such shows as Western Consciousness, Rebel Salute, East Fest, Uppsala Festival in Sweden and the UCLA Reggae and Jazz Festival.
Born in Hawaii to a father with Jamaican roots, she also carries Dutch, English and Native American blood in her lineage.
Irie Love started taking her passion for music seriously after a leg injury crushed her hopes of playing in the WNBA. After a state wide competition in high school, which Irie Love won to represent her school, she was signed by Quiet Storm Records, who released her first single, a reggae rendition of Chaka Khan’s classic, Tell Me Something Good.
Irie Love soon began opening for major reggae acts in Hawaii, including Steel Pulse, Damian & Julian Marley, Michael Rose, Don Carlos and Big Mountain, Yellow Man, Eek-A-Mouse and Gregory Isaacs.
At music she was trained in opera and classical voice, and received professional voice training. She taught herself to play the acoustic guitar and the ukulele. All the experiences in music and voice landed her professional back-up vocal jobs with PINK, David Hollister and Chaka Khan. She writes almost all of her songs and has done vocal production for a number of American artistes.
Irie Love’s deep grasp on Reggae, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Hip Hop & Dancehall, makes it difficult for her to be ‘boxed’ into any specific genre. To that she says, “I want my music to speak for itself.” And she is ready to say to the world, “Aloha”.