When Singer Irie takes the stage at Rebel Salute on January 19, he will do so with a handful of songs that did well last year in the tri-state area. It is his first appearance on a major Jamaican show in some time, and he is determined to capitalize on it.
The New Jersey-based artist, who has been recording since the early 1980s, did well last year thanks to songs like ‘Chatty Chatty’, a ‘combination’ with veteran deejay Peter Metro. Rebel Salute is the perfect opportunity to showcase it to the Jamaican public.
“It will give me good exposure to a wider audience of reggae fans in Jamaica and around the world. 2023 has been a very good year for me musically because I got a few number one song in the USA and lots of radio (stations) playing my songs,” he said.
‘Chatty Chatty’ is produced by TM and God Alone Production. It is done on the ‘Back to The Days ‘riddim’, which also has songs by Terry Linen, Little Hero and Pinchers.
Singer Irie appears on opening night of Rebel Salute, which closes on January 20. Some of the artists on that night, dubbed ‘Singers Paradise’, are Sanchez, Richie Stephens, Mikey Spice and Benjy Myaz.
From the Waterhouse area of Kingston, Singer Irie began his recording career as Patrick Irie. After moving to New Jersey 15 years ago, he underwent a personal and professional transformation that resulted in a change of moniker.