Cezar

Cezar

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

My music is reggae-soul...That is, urban reggae & dancehall with an R&B influence.

Biography

Born to musically inclined parents Rupert & Sonia Cunningham, as Co-founder Ashanti & Bamboo Records it was through his father that Cezars musical journey began. The London based labels produced reggae that was geared towards the West Indian population, and fostering Europes love affair with Jamaican music. It was poring over his extensive record collection as a child that Cezar discovered the sounds of Marley, Tosh, Cliff, Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Armstrong, King Cole, Redding & a myriad of others. This early exposure fueled his own musical inclinations and later formed the basis of the originality, approach & delivery that would set him apart from others in the reggae and dancehall arena.

While at university in the US, he joined a fledgling band of talented Jamaican youngsters called Earthvibes, the band would coalesce on summers to perform at small shows in Kingston. He later taught himself guitar after attending a Lucy Pearl concert & finding a guitar pick that lead singer Raphael Saadiq had thrown into the crowd. I thought it was a sign he says, I still have it!

In 2003 Cez returned to Jamaica to fulfill his vision of reggae soul. His first release 'Sexyways' on the Thundaclap rhythm garnered much airplay as did the video for the single. With its release on the Greensleeves Records compilation, it was put into rotation on BBC radios reggae & dancehall show in the UK. The fusion of musical influences that balanced his pop and R&B infused vocal style and guitar riffs with hardcore dancehall beats resulted in a fresh sound that generated a flurry of press and more hot collaborations with popular dancehall producers. Work with legendary producer Tony Kelly spawned the melodically infectious 'Noise', 'Knockin At Your Door' produced by Steven Gibbo Gibbs , Renaissance produced 'Lay U Down' which remains very popular on the international hit Stepz rhythm.

Among his newer releases are 'Wasted Seasons', 'Take the Fall' produced by Zero Gravity, is a lilting ballad about letting go of ones fears & giving into the vulnerability of being in love. The accompanying video was shot in HD format in NYC by directors Nadia Sampson & Tim Naylor. The video, of the highest quality in concept & execution is now broadcast globally on BETJ! Cez is also featured on the renaissance produced Icebreaka!. His guitar is prominent throughout & his single 'Irresistible' is sure to take his sound deeper into the hearts of those who already love it.

Other collaborators include Flabba, Master Lee, Gee-Jam studios Alborosie & Grammy nominated producer David Kennedy, with whom the soon-to-be-released 'Keep On' was recorded.

This singer-songwriter & talented producer has made enormous strides in a very short time. He has written for other artists such as Tami Chynn, Wayne Marshall and Machel Montano. His fan base continues to grow significantly thanks to having his videos in heavy rotation and performances and appearances at such events as Air Jamaica Jazz n Blues 06, RE High School Tour, Entertainment Report, Antigua Splash, Temptation Live, RE Unplugged, Negril Spring Break & CVMs Tha Party.The E-Spot, Weekenz, The Village and other local and international shows. He has been covered by major local newspapers & local and international magazines.

Today he is the first Caribbean artiste to have been endorsed by Coca-Cola, when his hit "Keep On" was remixed for use in Coke's Beijing Olympics Campaign in 2008.Complete with his own limited edition specially designed bottle, Cezar became a member of the select 'WE8' group; a pairing of China's greatest visual artists with the West's most progressive musical artists. The song itself has become an anthem and been licensed in countries across the globe and is growing in popularity, doing just as it pleads...KEEPING ON!

There are no limits to what Cezar will accomplish. He remains devoted to his mission of taking his music to the world. He has the tools. He has drive and talent. He has the image. Most importantly, he has the heart. Open your ears, turn up the radio, listen out and request Cezar.

Please Contact for Cezar Booking/Management:
Rodney Hill, Manager- RHH MUSIC CORP
Telephone: 718-578-2266
E-Mail: ROJAT69@GMAIL.COM

Lyrics

Keep On Trying (The Game of Life)

Written By: Cezar R. Cunningham

Well in the game of life let me tell you what the case is
Some people got bad hands, some people got aces
Some people got diamonds and some people got spades still
The world keeps moving on

You got the kings and queens and jacks of all trades
Then the rest make up the numbers trying to get paid
They could be working as a pair or as a group co-operating
And some just doing wrong

You have the joker inna the club but them just pretending
Drinking and living it up - nah no time for thinking
If their money ever done they’d be quickly sinking
But they just keep grooving on – no matter who you are

You, you got to (just got to) keep on trying
And keep doing your best with the hand that you get and don’t give up the fight
No, no, no, you can’t stop, you can’t weep, can’t keep on crying
Just keep doing your best – you know life is a test and it’s going to be alright

Some people living in a full house with one bag of youths
Making it hand to mouth and you know that’s the truth
But the love inna dem hearts is a food substitute and they make it on through
(Now how about you?) If you born without a gold spoon there’s no time to waste
Because the road is rocky and winding - make haste
But while you’re bending those corners my youths you stay straight,
and just hold the faith
You’ll make it through the gate…

Don’t get lost inna the crush, if you stumble don’t drop
Don’t you flush all your dreams if the journey gets tough
At the ending of the day it’s Jah face we going touch,
And He knows the flop, so you don’t give up

CHO:

I know how you feel – because most never get a fair deal.
You haffi fight or beg, borrow, steal
And it’s so hard just to get a good meal, yeah…
I know all you want is a fair chance to get to the top
You have to keep on climbing nonstop
Hold some, fold some, go on…

Will You Be?

Written By: Cezar R. Cunningham

When I’m lonely and I need you to be near me can I call you?
If there’s only time to see me for a moment will you want to?
When I’m coming home can I count on your affection and your attention?
When I’m feeling lost will you give me some direction

I really want to know
Will you stay or will you go?
When it gets harder do you stand or you depart now baby
Don’t hurry to say “yes” I don’t want no empty promises
But in the case of anything

Will you be there? When I need someone
Will you be there? When I need your love
Will you be there? I wanna know,
Will you be there?

Well I wonder if they told you wicked rumours would you listen,
Would you trust me would you just be, quick to make a wrong decision
If I’m on the road, trying to make a happy future, for my children
Do you push me on, with your love and your commitment?

I really want to know
Will you say or will you go?
When it gets harder do you stand or you depart now baby
Don’t hurry to say “yes” I don’t want no empty promises
But in the case of anything -

Will you be there? When I need someone
Will you be there? When I need your love
Will you be there? I wanna know,
Will you be there?

Loving ain’t easy when sumn ain't right
Loving ain’t easy when money gets tight
Loving ain’t easy if we fight
Loving ain’t easy - EASY

One Way Love

Written By: Cezar R. Cunningham

Girl when I see you in my mind I am with you
You’re here with me throughout the night, I dream of you
It’s difficult to see that you’re with someone who –
Won’t treat you in the ways I only wish I could

And girl in the morning I wanna be there right beside you
Keeping you warm when the world gets as cold as ice
And my heart is open, but you don’t know me girl cuz I’m
So busy hoping, I’ve never said what’s on my mind

I know this love is only one way
I bet he couldn’t love you the same
And even though it’s going nowhere
Girl I’m right here, saying I…(x 2)

Now all of mi friends dem seh mi crazy
Whenever I tell them how you make me
Feel when I see you lady
Even though you never ever met me
I know dat yuh man him have the money
I don’t have much but honey
I’m still loving you only
And it grows slowly but surely – yeah

I know this love is only one way
I bet he couldn’t love you the same
And even though it’s going nowhere
Girl I’m right here, saying I…(x 2)

Maybe someday I’ll catch your eye and capture you
And in that glance or circumstance you’ll love me too
Maybe I’ll find a way to say these words to you
And once you’ve heard them then you’ll learn my love is true

And girl in the morning, I’ll wake up right beside you
Keeping me warm then, the world be cold as ice
So my heart stays open until you know me girl cuz I’m
So busy hoping, I’ve never said what’s on my mind…

I know this love is only one way
I bet he couldn’t love you the same
And even though it’s going nowhere
Girl I’m right here, saying I…(x 2)

Rebel (Fighting for Love)

Written By: Cezar R. Cunningham

I don't know anymore, what I've been fighting for
What good is a war? No one can win it
I don't care anymore, who's right - don't care who's wrong
If I hurt you before, hope you can forgive me.

I'm so tired of fighting all the time
And yet nobody's better off -
there always is a greater cost.
I decide to try bridge the divide
It doesn't mean I'm getting soft
But we gotta get across

I'm still a rebel but now I put down my weapon
A rebel but now I'm only fighting for love
I'm still a rebel but now that I've hung up my gun
A rebel but now now I'm only fighting for love

Well I can't understand why all this conflict began
Is it going to end with mass destruction?
And I can't understand how I'll make a distinction between truth and a plan of mass deception.

I'm so tired of fighting all the time
And ain't nobody better off -
there always is a greater cost.
I decide to try seeing eye to eye
It doesn't mean I'm getting soft
But we gotta get across

I'm still a rebel but now I put down my weapon
A rebel but now I'm only fighting for love
I'm still a rebel but now that I've hung up my gun
A rebel but now now I'm only fighting for love
Now you choose - you tell me:
Do you want war or do you want peace now?
Do you want truth?
Do you want deceit?
Do you want a hard life, or a life sweet?
Now you choose - you tell me:
Do you want war or do you want peace now?
Do you want truth?
Do you want deceit?
Do you want a hard life, or a life sweet?

Rebel (Fighting for Love)

Written By: Cezar R. Cunningham

I don't know anymore, what I've been fighting for
What good is war? No one can win it.
I don't care anymore, who's right - don't care who's wrong.
If I hurt you before, hope you can forgive me.

I'm so tired of fighting all the time
And yet nobody's better off -
there always is a greater cost.
I decide to try bridge the divide.
It doesn't mean I'm getting soft
But we gotta get across.

I'm still a rebel but now I put down my weapon
A rebel but now I'm only fighting for love.
Still a rebel but now that I've hung up my gun,
A rebel but now now I'm only fighting for love...(repeat)

Well I can't understand how all this conflict began.
Is it going to end with mass destruction?
And I can't understand how I'll make a distinction,
between truth and a plan of mass deception.

I'm so tired of fighting all the time
And ain't nobody better off -
there always is a greater cost.
I decide to try seeing eye-to-eye
It doesn't mean I'm getting soft
But we gotta get across.

I'm still a rebel but now I put down my weapon,
A rebel but now I'm only fighting for love.
Still a rebel but now that I've hung up my gun
A rebel but now now I'm only fighting for love...(repeat)

Now you choose - you tell me:
Do you want war or do you want peace now?
Do you want truth?
Do you want deceit?
Do you want a hard life, or a life sweet?
Now you choose - you tell me:
Do you want war or do you want peace now?
Do you want truth?
Do you want deceit?
Do you want a hard life, or a life sweet?

Discography

Sexyways - Renaissance Productions - ‘Thunda Clap’ Greensleeves Records released 2003

Knocking at Your Door - Gibbo Records, ‘Hard Times’ released VP Records 2004

Make Some Noise - Tony Kelly, Promo release 2004

Lay You Down - Renaissance Records, ‘Stepz’ released VP Records 2004

Irresistible - Renaissance Records, ‘Icebreaka’ released VP Records 2005

Shoulder to the Wheel - Famz House Records, released 2006

Take the Fall - Zero Garvity Records, released 2005

Don’t Smile - Coppershot Music, ‘No Tampering’ released 2005

Real Life Dream - Blaxx, ‘Slingshot’ Greensleeves released 2005

Keep on - Intelek Entertainment, released 2006

Beautiful - Gee Jam Records, (’Singerz’ Album) released Universal Japan 2006

This Love - Gee Jam Records, Released UNI Japan 2006

Caribbean Love - Gee Jam Records, Released 2006

Will You Be? - Renaissance Productions, Released 2007

Keep On Trying - Ultra/Sequence Record - March 2008

Set List

CEZAR SET LIST – Red Bones

1.HELLO WORLD - 5:30

2.CANT KEEP RUNNING - 5:00

3.BEAUTIFUL - 4:45

4.ONE WAY LOVE - 4:30

5.UNTRUE REFLECTION - 5:00

6.LOST THAT FEELING - 4:30

7.SEVEN SUBJECTS w/Tornado - 4:30

8.EASY COME EASY GO - 4:30

9.SATISFIED - 4:30

10.HOPELESSLY INFATUATED - 4:30

11. TAKE THE FALL - 4:30

12. SHOULDER TO THE WHEEL - 4:30

13. WASTED SEASONS - 5:00

14.DOING IT TOO - 4:30

15.WILL YOU BE? - 5:00

16. KEEP ON - 6:00

Set Length Approx 1.5 hours