BERES HAMMOND BLAZING SUCCESSFUL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Jamaica’s most prolific crooner Beres Hammond is currently embarking on his 2014 North American tour throughout August. The Grammy-nominated reggae icon is headlining prestigious venues for select dates in the United States and Canada.
Known to many as the “Otis Redding of Reggae,” Beres Hammond has been producing and pouring out his smoky-sweet vocals over every kind of riddim track for almost 40 years . His latest double-disc studio album One Love, One Life, released November 11, 2012 on VP Records, peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Reggae Album chart and was hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the best albums of a four-decade-long career.” The first disc One Love includes his signature classic lover’s rock sound, while the second disc One Life contains more of his socially-conscious, spiritually empowering tunes. Beres Hammond produced 19 of the 20 songs with co-producers Donovan Germain on “No Candle Light,” Collin “Bulby” York on “In My Arms” and Michael Fletcher on “More Time.”
From his early days as the lead singer of the ’70s funk-reggae infused band Zap Pow, Beres has consistently produced number one hits and iconic reggae anthems still played today. He released his first studio album, Soul Reggae in 1976 spawning the number one hit “One Step Ahead” and in 1985 the dancehall breakthrough “What One Dance Can Do” off his self-titled album. In 1990, his album A Love Affair from Donovan Germain’s Penthouse label raised his popularity to new heights. Cuts like “Tempted To Touch” and “Who Say” with Buju Banton are still huge in the dancehall today. During the ’90s, Beres blazed a trail of modern classics for a variety of producers, from the sufferah’s anthem “Putting Up A Resistance” (produced by Tappa Zukie) to lovers’ laments like “Come Back Home” (produced by Richard Bell for his Star Trail label).
In 2001, Beres brought us major hits like “They Gonna Talk” and “Rockaway” from his Grammy nominated album Music Is Life. VP Records then released The Ultimate Collection: Can’t Stop A Man in 2003 to commemorate Hammond’s career. The set was followed by 2004’s Love Has No Boundaries, which features his familiar romantic ballads and mid-tempo dancehall grooves, and 2008’s A Moment In Time, which includes the smash “I Feel Good.” Beres’ track record of hits is unprecedented in reggae, and with surefire classics like “No Candle Light” and “In My Arms” on his latest release One Love, One Life this legacy will live on.
Beres Hammond performs non-stop around the globe. In the United States, he has repeatedly sold out some of the largest and most prestigious venues including the Barclays Center, Theatre at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. In December 2012, Beres made his national U.S. television debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, performing alongside The Roots. He is also a star favorite with acts like Rihanna, Drake, Alicia Keys, Carl Thomas and Wyclef Jean among others.