Musical Visionary, Bryan Art, Makes another Imprint
When we hear the term love song we naturally think of a song expressing romance or like sentiments, leaving out songs of freedom, peace, motivation, hope, unity etc. which seek to caringly point people in positive directions. A classic example is the great reggae anthem, One Love by Robert Nesta Marley. In fact, the music of Joseph Hill, Dennis Brown, and Jimmy Cliff on which many Jamaicans grew up, emphasizes so much love that it appreciably became one of the defining factors of the reggae genre.
Music needs no help – take the words out and it is still complete! However, with the help of music, singers have managed to convey lessons, messages and joy to people of all ages across many cultures. The music that Bryan Art happily shares with the world on this self-titled album expresses love in all these forms. It reflects devotion to spiritual, moral, social and emotional uplift of individuals everywhere.
The multifaceted artist; husky voiced singer, witty songwriter and musician delivers with passion and meaning. Born in St. Ann, Jamaica just walking distance from Nine Miles the birth place of the great Bob Marley (whose influence can also be heard on this album), Bryan Art just like the late singer, eventually moved to Kingston where he did Latin American & Jazz Studies at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.
While in school Art was discovered by George Miller (band leader), who gave him his first big break – an opportunity to tour as guitarist and member of the Fire House Crew. then backing band for Grammy nominee Luciano, Sizzla and Mikey General. With this experience, he later became co-founder and bandleader of Bushman’s backing band Grass Roots with whom he did tours of several countries. When he wasn’t touring, Bryan Art was either teaching classroom music or pursuing his long time dream of singing. He has also written songs for artistes such as George Nooks, Singing Melody, Bushman, Luciano and Etana.
Today, devoted to his singing career, the Best New Artist for the year 2002 by ER,TVJ, has done splendidly on many major shows including, Rebel Salute 2006, 2007 and 2011, Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2011 and 2012, Reggae Fever 2009 and 2011, ATI, Fully Loaded, St. Mary Mi Come From, Unity Splash, Summer Sizzle, and Manchester Fiesta. Art has also been on tours in the United States, Canada, Europe and The Caribbean.
Representing a new generation of music that continues the tradition of stars who shone before him; those who inspired him, including the great Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Beres Hammond, Toots Hibbert, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding to name a few, Bryan Art continues on this 13 track feature, to bring creativity and a fresh voice to the art form.
Out of an abundance of great work, this album was sorted and compiled based on votes from members of a loyal team who express great difficulty with the task of having to choose between pure excellence and sure excellence. However there were the inevitable singles like Get It which gradually became a household chorus in Jamaica and continues to spread perennially. Murder Dem a Play which features the commanding voice of Queen Ifrica was a must. Warrior King brought a fresh sound too as early as the 3rd track entitled New Day and for balance he needed the insightful Hawkeye with Second Class. It can’t be an easy job fitting into the busy schedule of “the fireman” Capleton, but according to the producer Bryan Art; “preparation meets opportunity equals Dem Fass”.
Bryan Art quoted: “Good Reggae music is immortal and my purpose is to be an international oracle for the message of this music”.