Independent Artists, Producers, DJs & Record Labels Trading Services – Your Talent Is Your Currency!

Over the years I have had the opportunity to meet with and talk to so many really talented artists and producers, who unfortunately don’t have the kind of money needed to promote their music. What I always try to tell them is that their talent is just as, or if not more valuable than money; they just have to figure out how best to use it to get what they want.

Think TRADE! If you don’t have the cash to pay for the services you need, consider carefully what you do have or what you can do for the person you would like the services from. Once you’re clear on what you are willing to do, make the offer. The worst that can happen is they so no.

Most importantly, if your trade offer is accepted be sure to follow through and do what you promised. Notice how established artists and producers are always collaborating on each others projects; independent music professionals can also take the same approach.

To learn more, contact Maria Jackson.

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Freddie Campbell’s Biography – Legendary Musician Turned Producer

Fred CampbellFrederick Owen Campbell, professionally known as Freddie Campbell, is an established musician who is versed in several genres, but currently concentrating on Ska, Reggae and Mento.

Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Freddie’s parents got divorced when he was 3 years old so he was raised by his Grandmother and Aunts. His Grandmother was a teacher, as a result he was home-schooled until he was approximately 7 years old. His first public school was St. Francis Elementary (better known as Knun’s Pen Elementary), he then went on to St. Elizabeth Prep, which was a private school. In 1955 he was awarded a scholarship to St. George’s College, one of the island’s premier high school. Incidentally, all the aforementioned academic institutions are all Catholic schools.

While at St. George’s Freddie got involved in sports. He represented them in track and field at the 1956 “Champs” at Sabina Park, and captained the Colt’s soccer team that same year. He also played on the Manning Cup team which won the Cup in 1959 and shared the Oliver Shield with Cornwall College in the same year.

Freddie Campbell actually considered a career as a sportsman on several occasions. While he was at St. Francis, his classmate who was a famous jockey, tried to get him to ride but when that friend fell and died, Freddie decided to stay away from that sport all together. He then thought about being a professional soccer player, but felt that there was not enough money in it. He was also sought after to become a pro golfer, because he was that good. This was in the 70’s and back then pro golfers were not making as much money as professional musicians so he opted to stay with music. And finally, in the early years as a musician, while he was in the Bahamas, he was again given the opportunity to be a jockey, but again he turned it down.

Freddie was introduced to music by Noel Seal, Jamaica’s best congo player at the time. He would walk by his home on his way from school – this was when Freddie was about 10 or 11 years old. One evening, Noel invited him in and began teaching him how to play the drums. Later on at age 17, while Freddie was still in school, Noel Seal got sick and asked Freddie to fill in for him on his regular gig. He did for two weeks and was compensated for doing so. His first actual job as a regular drummer was with Kes Chin and the Souvenirs. He was only 19. He had a day job as an accountant, but two nights with the band earned him more than a week’s salary so he left his day job and began focusing all his attention on music. After two years he was introduced to Carlos Malcolm and the Afro Jamaican Rhythms. It was around this time that he recorded with artists like Derrick Harriott, Owen Grey and Derrick Morgan, and producers such as Mr. Pottinger and Vere John.

Freddie was inspired by many different musicians, some for their dedication to music (they would wake up and practice first before anything else); some because of their knowledge of music (they taught him the theory of music); and some for the way they handled the money they earned from music (they owned homes and made money from the rent and even had businesses).

One of Freddie’s most decisive music memories dates back to when he was 20 years old; he was told by his Aunt: “If you are not going to college, then you have to move out.” He moved out! His Aunt was a foundation member of the NDTC and had her own dance school, Jay-Teens. Exactly 10 years after leaving home, Freddie wrote some music for her dance school.

Some highlights from his career worth mentioning are performing for Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Solomon Burke, Martha and the Vandellas and a long list of American artists, as well as Bob Marley and most if not all of the local artists of the time. This all occurred between 1960 and 1975.

From 1978 through 1989 Freddie Campbell invested in and ran a couple of private businesses not music related. In 1989 however, he became the CEO for Cosmic Force Records, the label that helped to break Shabba Ranks and other acts. He worked with the label until 1991 when a hurricane caused the breakup of the company.

Currently, in addition to hosting a radio show titled Ska Now & Then on both CRS and Blog Talk Radio, Freddie Campbell also manages his band, SkaJamz and is working hard to get the brand established.

Ashleye Scarlette’s Bio (@AshleyeScarlett @DEEJAY_MONTEZ)

Ashleye ScarletteAshley Ayuma, popularly known as Ashleye Scarlette is a Kenyan singer / song writer and recording artist born in the Lake Side city of Kisumu, western Kenya and currently residing in Dubai. The versatile and immensely talented artist discovered her passion for music at the tender age of 12 while still in elementary school. Growing up in a family of three siblings, Ashleye found her natural audience who enjoyed regular nagging from her insistent singing that gradually developed into profound flair for composing and performing her music to larger audiences over the years.

With tremendous influence from other great female artists that have impacted African music from the Lake Side region, such as Mercy Myra, Suzzana Awiyo and Achieng Obura, Ashleye Scarlette aspires to carry on the great legacy of creating music that resonates with the hearts of audiences from all walks of life with her unique sound that borrows elements of traditional folk and contemporary R&B sound.

Delving into the topic of love and society, Ashley’s music covers a broader spectrum of the day to day experiences that inspire her writing. Her debut single, Catch my breath produced by Ryez of Ryez Entertainment captures the essence of a romantic relationship in the smooth laid back love song that enjoyed great reception from audiences locally in Kenya and beyond. The fusion of Swahili in her music has also created an enjoyable listening experience to her growing fan base.

As a follow up to the debut single, Ashley released her 2nd hit single late 2017, It’s you, a feel good song with a different style of production proving her versatile nature and flair for serenading her audiences. Ashleye has graced different stages both in Kenya and Dubai, harnessing her art of delivering high quality charged performances to different range of audiences, the most recent being the African Artists Night at Chelsea plaza hotel, Dubai.

She continues to consistently etch her legacy not only as a singer and performing artist but also as an influencer through art, using social media and other platforms to deliver her talent in music to the world. Her music is readily available online on different platforms such as YouTube, Mdundo, Soundcloud among others. The journey to the top for Ashley is promising! Her undeterred dedication for becoming a formidable force and a name to be reckoned with on the African music footprint, in an out of Africa cannot go unnoticed.

KERRY STARR Biography (@kerrystarr)

kerryKerry-Ann Morgan, publicly known as Kerry Starr, is a singer / songwriter specializing in the reggae, dancehall and Caribbean pop musical genres. As a native of Jamaica, Kerry grew up in the Kingston area, living with individual parents at different times in her life.

Her love for the creative arts started in school, specifically Vauxhall High, where she actively participated in music, dancing, acting, cheerleading and was a member on the debate team. Kerry remembers getting a lot of support from her father, who she says is also the one who inspired her to pursue a career in music. Unfortunately, her mother was not behind her initially, but that would eventually change as Kerry would not stop writing and singing.

Kerry Starr did her first song while in the fifth form. She had to endure and overcome a lot as a solo female artist, working in what many consider to be a male dominated industry. One of her biggest challenges was, and to some extent, continues to be, not being taken seriously.

Despite the difficulties she has had to endure, Kerry has managed to record and release some very amazing tracks over the years. In 2007 she recorded Believe It,” a song that she is currently pushing. It was produced by the legendary production team, Sly and Robbie. In 2014 she did My Grade,” that was produced by Biggy from the popular duo Razz and Biggy. In 2016 and 2017 she collaborated with Legendz Production on three songs: “Cupid,” “Core” and “Everything.”

Kerry Starr is truly one of Jamaica’s best kept secret; something she is determine to change in short order. With a new promo team behind her, she is now working extremely hard to share her music with the world.

 

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DAN IJ Biography

Dan IJA versatile singer with a rich powerful voice and stage presence, Reggae artist Michael Jefferies, known publicly as Dan IJ was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. He began singing at the tender age of 6 at weekly local neighborhood concerts and has never looked back. As a child star with tremendous talent, Dan IJ belted out the top tunes of Reggae icons, mesmerizing his listeners. A particular crowd favorite was his rendition of John Holt’s song, “Tonight,” which his supporters insisted he sing at every event. This eventually earned him the nick-name “2night.”

By age 10, Dan IJ was working with the sound system Killa Red Hi Fi. He sang and spun tunes with his uncle who hosted local concerts on which he performed songs and participated in dramatic plays. In 1983 Dan IJ recorded his first song with the Channel One Recording Studio entitled “My Girl,” it featured Barry Brown and Pad Anthony. His next recording was with Sky Line Productions, “Who Can Make the Dance Talk,” with the late great Captain Everall in 1984. His third song, “The Guerilla Man,” was with GG Recording Company. Following these recordings, Dan IJ was introduced to Danny Brownie, the Executive Producer of Main Street Records and a member of the Blood Fire Possy Band. Brownie was so impressed by his talent that he introduced him to established reggae artist Freddie McGregor.  Dan IJ ended up recording a song for Freddie McGregor at Anchor Recording Studio (ran by Gussy Clark). By then they had given him a new nick-name, “Johnny Ashly,” and had begun to introduce him to the professional world of music.

The endorsements and support of well-respected industry artists gave Dan IJ the rare opportunity to appear on bigger events, which were popular at the time, such as: Rockers Award, Forth Clarence Beach Splash, the Taste Talent Concert and many more. More importantly, he has shared the stage with major Reggae artists such as Yellow Man, Beenie Man, Papa Toyan, Sugar Minott, Jimmy London, Tony Tuff, Tony Rebel, Garnet Silk, Johnny P, Tenor Saw, Nitty Gritty, Singing Melody, Courtney Melody, Everton Blender, Fab 5, Dobby Dobson, Lady Saw, Luciano, Little John and that is just to name a few.

After relocating to the United States (New York) in 2003, Dan IJ continued to perform; working on shows in Main, New Hampshire, Boston, Queens, Brooklyn, Connecticut and Philadelphia. Through his travels he connected with an old friend from back home, Danny Roots, who was now based in Florida. Danny Roots flew Dan IJ down to Florida for an event, which led to him spending a few months and recording on two collaborations; one with Glen Washington and the other with Skinnie Ranking.

Though things were going good in the sunshine State, Dan IJ thought it best to return to New York. Upon his arrival, he ran into another longtime friend, Bambah, who is the owner of the popular Conscious Media Studio. Once Dan IJ familiarized himself with Bambah’s setup, he decided to make Conscious Media Studio his base for recording, as it was frequented by a lot of established artists and musicians.

Despite the fact that he had voiced on a large number of projects for many reputable reggae labels, Dan IJ eventually decided to start his own label, which he calls Lyfe Production. Since venturing out on his own, he has done work with a lot of reggae heavy weights, namely: Ed Robinson, Danny Bassie, Derrick Barnette and many more. He continues to perform both in the United States and locally on the island of Jamaica.

Dan IJ is currently promoting his recently released single entitled Life is so Precious, a collaboration done with one of the biggest names in reggae/dancehall, Capleton.

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DJ Nicholas’ Biography (@djnicholas2)

DJ NicholaJamaican born Gospel Reggae Artiste Nicholas Eccleston, more popularly known as DJ Nicholas has grown to become one of the leading Caribbean Gospel Artist. He was born on October 29, 1980 in Kingston; however, in his teenage years searching for truth, he became a marijuana smoker, very rebellious and immersed in the Rastafarian Religion. His life was shortly after changed by a scripture from Acts 4:12. He is now a passionate follower of Jesus Christ.

Nicholas performs in the USA where he now resides; he performed with Deitrick Haddon on BET Celebration of Gospel 2016. He has been interviewed on TBN for TBN Salsa In the Mix. He has also performed in the UK, Canada and over 25 countries in the Caribbean region and continues to regularly visit them. He has shared stages with TD Jakes, Shirley Caesar, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Tye Tribette, Erica Campbell, and Tamela Mann among others.

Nicholas is featured on Grammy nominated singer Deitrick Haddon’s album titled Masterpiece, on Todd Dulaney’s latest album “Your Great Name” and on Papa San’s One Blood Album; the album features Lecrae, Da Truth, Fred Hammond and Israel Haughton among others. Some of Nicholas’ popular songs are Holy Ghost Gym, Holy Ghost Church, Things Already Better, Naa Bow and Cut It Off to name a few.

He’s a multi award winning Caribbean artiste, which includes the YVA Awards Gospel Artiste Of The Year 2011 – 2013 consecutively in Kingston Jamaica, ‘The Atlanta Caribbean Gospel Awards 2012’ for ‘Album Of The Year’, ‘Caribbean Artiste Of The Year’ at the ‘Holy Hip Hop Awards’ 2012, along with several Marlin Awards just to list a few. He has been interviewed on BBC Radio U.K. and Atlanta Live TV in the USA. Performed on most premier Caribbean Gospel events including Fun in the Son Jamaica, Barbados Gospel Fest, St. Vincent Gospel Fest, St. Lucia Jazz Fest and more.

Nicholas has released four studio albums. He received number one music video on CVM TV Hit List (Jamaica) September 09 and RETV for the music video ‘Holy Ghost Gym.’ He recently launched his fourth album titled “The Audiologist” on July 21, 2017. He believes this album is his most dynamic.

Nicholas is a director and one of the founders of an indie recording studio and booking agency called “On The Shout Records.” He is co-founder with Kevin Smith (founder) of ‘A Betta Tomorrow’ (www.abettatomorrow.com), an outreach traveling across Jamaica, souls have been saved and lives changed through this event.

He’s the husband of one wife Sandra Eccleston and father of two lovely kids Malachi and Naomi. He is a deacon at New Life Assembly of God, he now fellowships at Victory Place International in Sunrise Florida. This is the beginning; DJ Nicholas would love you to be a part of his ministry.

Ministry Statement: To minister the undiluted word of God uncompromisingly with power, through the language of the Caribbean music professionally to the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

LIKKLE LIGHTNING Biography (@likklelightning)

Likkle Lightning_008Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Likkle Lightning has crafted a colorful brand of roots reggae music, all based on his upbringing and life experiences. MJ Magazine – a publication that is known for its authentic representation of Jamaican music – describes Likkle Lightning‘s sound as a refreshing throwback; “taking us back to when Reggae & Dancehall was all about fun and good lyrics.”

Likkle Lightning moved from the capital of Jamaica, when he was a teenager to the rural countryside with his grandparents. It was there that he learned to appreciate nature and understood the value of hard work and the love of family. Without the distraction of the city, Likkle Lightning was able to learn the real roots of reggae and honed his craft as a songwriter.

He started his career by playing live shows with two of Jamaica’s most respected veteran reggae/dancehall artists: King Yellowman and Professor Nuts. Likkle Lightning climbed the Jamaican music scene rapidly. He began recording and producing his songs in 2011 on his own Sonhi Productions label. All this was done at the legendary Tuff Gong Studios (Bob Marley). It wasn’t long before Likkle Lightning was playing live shows internationally; opening up for established artists such as: Everton Blender (Jamaican Music Award Nominee), Warrior King (Marcus Garvey Award), Turbulence and so much more.

Likkle Lightning is also an avid campaigner for nurturing today’s youth; appearing on anti-gun and anti-crime platforms, as well as promoting non-violence in his lyrics and live shows. Whether it’s achieving radio plays across the globe or featuring in publications from The Star to The Observer, Likkle Lightning is on an unwavering rise in the reggae world. There is no telling where he will strike next.

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Website: http://likklelightning.com