Icious Ras

Icious Ras

 Clifton, Colorado, USA
BandWorld

Positive uplifting reggae with catchy tunes.
I mix it with R & B and Blues also.

Biography

Sedley Downer was born in the district of Lucky Hill, in the parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica, W.I., his father a farmer and his mother a sales person.
Sedley’s father died when he was very young, and his mother and the rest of the family moved back to Majestic Gardens, an inner city community in Kingston.

At the age of nine he started to develop a love for music. He was encouraged by his uncle Tad Downer who played the saxophone. He would travel around the island, always with his saxophone in his hand and he would play, to the delight of the people around him. Sedley always wanted to be like his uncle Tad; he would sing the melodies each time his uncle played.

Sedley later started his singing career as Vicious Irie, performing all types of musical compositions. He is indeed a natural singer in many ways. Vicious enjoyed acting and touring the island with popular sound systems. He toured with Winston Williams doing the RJR road show along with Papa San, Edi Fitzroy and General Trees.

In 1987, he started to produce his own music while recording for producers. His first recording was ‘History Man’. In the early 1990s he had two hot singles that made it to the top five of the charts: ‘Silver and Gold’ went #3 on the top ten charts and “Cost of Living’ #3 on the RJR charts. Other songs that made impact on the national charts were, ‘Child Molesting’, ‘Thank You Father’, ‘Heart of a Lion’, ‘Make Haste’ and ‘Lightning and Thunder’.

Vicious released tunes such as ‘Tan Pan Eh Long’ on the sunset label, ‘Stick to Yuh Don Man’ and ‘Nah Lef Mi Nine’ which was a huge hit in the dancehall for the Power House label. He sought help in the distribution of his materials and went to Sonic Sounds where he got J$300 as royalty for his efforts;
he then tried another studio where he was turned down twice before getting a chance to do four singles for the Sunset label: ‘Wah Com Con Mi’, ‘Late Night Attack’, ‘Tan Pan Eh Long’ and ‘Energy Fit’ this time around he got US$50 for his efforts.

Vicious has worked with some of the top record labels in Jamaica, the likes of King Jammys, Vision 1, John Mouse, Capricorn and others. He also worked with some of the top producers like George Phang, Oliver Shaw, Harry J, Tuff Gong and King Jammys.
Vicious has also lent his talent as backup singer to a number of artistes including Luciano, John Mouse, Eclipse and many others.

Cedella Marley was so impressed with Vicious’ talent; she signed him to Tuff Gong Records. At the end of the contract, still determined to make it to the top of his chosen career, he decided to move to St. Ann’s Bay to enhance his musical career. He did a few stage shows to connect with the people of St. Ann’s Bay.

Vicious has performed in a number of countries including France and Panama. His dream is to travel the world with his musical gift from Jah, the ruler of the Earth. Vicious Irie changed his stage name Icious Ras in early 2010, and has vowed to continue singing positive cultural lyrics because that is what his many fans expect of him.

Discography

Don't Beat Yuh Woman has airplay in Ocho Rios Jamaica on Irie FM
Big Dreamz
Clean Livity
Fat Belly Rat
Gully Gaza
Anyday
Equal Rights
Leaders of the World
Mi Name A Call
PalaPala
History Man
Silver and Gold
Cost of Living
Heart of a Lion
Make Haste
Lightning and Thunder
Tan Pan Eh Long
Nah Lef Mi Nine
Tan Me Up A Gate