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Joseph Blue Grant a.k.a. “Still Cool” Bio

Joseph Blue GrantJoseph “Blue” Grant a.k.a. “Still Cool,” singer, songwriter, producer and musician, was born in Jamaica and is known as one of the most talented entertainers from the island. Joseph “Blue” Grant has been in the reggae music business since the early seventies and while working in Jamaica has shared the stage with veterans like Burning Spear, Denis Brown, Bob Marley, Judy Mowatt of the I-Threes (Bob Marley’s backing vocalists), Sophia George, Tiger, Brigadier Jerry, Freddy McGregor, Sugar Minott, Cornell Campbell, Tony Rebel, Eddie Fitzroy and many more top reggae artists. Joseph Blue gives credit also to working with some of Jamaica’s finest musicians like Pablo Black and Jah Privy (Studio One), Earl “Bagga” Walker, Earl “Chinna” Smith, Tyrone Downie, Robbie Shakespeare, Noel “Sowel” Bailey, Junior Dan, and many more. Joseph Blue founded the name and the popular reggae group “Still Cool” in the seventies. Group members alongside him were Louie Campbell, Steven Hylton, and Frank Dimond. This Jamaican reggae group graced the stage of many shows promoted by the Twelve Tribes of Israel Organization and Band, creating the anthem of Rastafarians and poor people all over the world with the number one hit “To Be Poor Is A Crime” (1981), written by Joseph Blue Grant. This song was later covered by Freddie McGregor and again it became a number one hit in (1992), even being awarded “The number two reggae song of the year 1992” in Great Britain.

When the group took a rest from the music scene, Joseph “Blue” Grant migrated to Europe, but while working in Europe kept the Still Cool vibes alive by referring to his backing band – consisting of musicians from Jamaica, Germany, Africa and other Carribean countries – as the “Still Cool Band.” During this time, Joseph Blue Grant released a number of singles, which were distributed by Tuff Gong International Jamaica, and Jet Star Phonographics in Great Britain, among them the original “To Be Poor Is A Crime,” “Poverty Is Wicked” and “Partytime.” Albums released in Europe initially are “Distance Makes No Barriers” (1996) and “Digital Jockey – 8 Studies in Dub” (2000) which includes the single remix of “To Be Poor Is A Crime” and from which the video clip earned “Pick of the week” on MTV Nordic Europe.

In 2001 Still Cool sent his plea to the decision makers of this world with his album “Save the Planet,” released in England and other European countries. For the launch in England he worked together with artists like Lerry Lions (bass), Barry Prince (drums), Simeon (keyboard) and Gilli Dread (guitarist), featured by David Rodigan at Club Subterranea in London. Many concerts followed, taking the tunes around England, France, Holland, Belgium, Denmark and Germany to clubs and festivals like Reggae Sundance, Reggae Geel, Reggae Jam and SummerJam. Summer of 2008 saw Still Cool releasing his new album “Can’t stop this music.” Presented at Rototom Showcase stage in Italy, Joseph has since been taking these songs and their vibes mainly to city festivals and towns around Germany, among them Bremen, Kassel, Haltern am See, Oberhausen and Essen, as well as the Reggae Meeting in Tocnik, Czech Republic. In July 2017, the new acoustic album “Voice & Steel” was finally released. With its meditative qualities, it presents Mr. Grant at his best in his element as original singer, songwriter and steel drum player. Joseph “Blue” Grant is truly a defender and an advocate of reggae music as can be seen in the lyrical contents of his songs. “To Be Poor Is A Crime” – ‘Still Cool’ Joseph Blue Grant – is carrying on the longevity of the reggae music, determined and steadfast in his quest to spread his message of peace and love, equal rights and justice to a worldwide audience.

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