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06/16
Some of Reggae's stars of the present and future come together at Rock with Squeeze


Last night, a few of reggae's newest talents joined some of reggae's iconic names for a special Rock with Squeeze. Ken Williams brought the finale of his Reggae's Rising Stars Competition to the stage at SOB's, as the six finalists competed live to win the title of the Next Reggae Star.

http://jamrockmagazine.blogspot.com/2009/06/some-of-reggaes-stars-of-present-and.html - Jamrock Magazine


October 17, 2008 When reggae artist King-I performed live in the WERS studios with his his Ghetto People Band, it was only natural that the lights be dimmed in order to set the mood. Even during the setup and soundcheck, it was evident that King-I was going to be a soulful performer. He stood in the center of the room with eyes closed, swaying to the music and mouthing the lyrics he would soon sing. King-I literally wears his cultural pride on his sleeve—and on his head for that matter. His brightly swirling head wrap cascades down over his shoulder, and his rastafarian t-shirt continues the Jamaican color scheme of red, yellow and green. Perhaps these vivid colors swaying in the studio are what drew people to stop and watch from the sidewalk, but more than likely it was the smooth reggae sounds pouring out of the station. “Think Twice” was the first song of the set, which the Trinidad and Tobago native passionately performed with his equally passionate band. The group’s sound is open, airy and big. It is easy to feel enveloped in the rhythms and saxophone surrounding you. Though everyone was nodding to the music, King-I kicked the stage presence up a notch with his own grand gestures. Next up were two equally impressive tracks featuring various bass, keyboard and drum solos which showcased the talents of King-I’s band members and friends. “Be Wise,” which he prefaces with a few short words of wisdom: “It’s good to read, however, read between the lines.” He finished with his new single, “The Rise.” It was his uncle who first introduced him to the reggae culture, King-I said. “Everyone’s always about Bob Marley but it was Peter Tosh for me,” he continued. Other artists he considers to be influential are The Wailers, Yellow Man and Jimmy Cliff. He has had the opportunity to work with all of them. Continually giving “big ups” to everything and everyone, it is clear King-I deeply cares for his friends and community. “It’s not about this fame thing, it’s about a message,” King-I truthfully said. “I’m just a tiny, tiny bit famous . . . I’m humble with a bite,” he continued. And it is true that he does have “bite,” he is a showman with a sense of humor and strong sense of connection to the people of his culture and neighborhood. During the course of the performance, he thanked everyone he could think, and it was evident that he truly meant it. King-I concluded, “I’s a spiritual-type of person, you know—I let the spirit take me over.” myspace.com/thekingjah -Paige Trubatch - WERS


King-I Song-title: Friends
Words from Dasvibes: Beautiful voice, Lovely topic of choice, another artist to look out for. - Jahmyspace/DasVibes


King-I was a special guest for Nashille Reggae's Grand opening on March 27, 2009. This video clip is the 2nd in a series of clips from the show.

Along with more music from "Natti Love Joys",Boston based artist King -I , is featured in this segment.The event took place in Nashville at Avenue 9 and was presented by Whitedread Productions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffqpeCBnfus - Mic Check on 19 - Youtube video



Monday June 15, 2009 —The Grand Finals of Ken Williams' Reggae Rising Star competition, will make their debut on the Rock with Squeeze stage at SOB's. The energetics and talented contestants are Leeia & Vision of Bronx Westchester, Prince Panchi of Queens /Long Island, King I of Boston, Mission of Brooklyn, and Shifty of New Jersey. These artist will perform in 2 categories - Singers and DJ. This fantastic edition of the event is sponsored by Tower Isle's Jamaican Style Patties, and the Ken Williams show, LinkUp Radio, and JAMROCK Magazine.

http://www.imagesnewsletter.com/2009/06/ken-williams-reggae-rising-star-grand.html - Images Newsletter


Interview w/King-I at Rock with Squeeze

Select Rock w/Squeeze Rising Stars video

http://jamrockmagazine.com/video.php - JamRock Magazine


King-I & Friends at Precinct Bar in Somverville, MA - Youtube


Discography

Singles
2008
Be Wise
Rise

2010 - singles to be released

Smile
Illusions
Rastafari Love Us

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Bio

King-I was born in the beautiful islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Through his music he wisely and spiritually spreads his love for the ghetto youths. Described as a powerful and soulful performer, King-I's "powers" are seen in his stage performance. He is one of the few entertainers who can interact with the crowd at will. When asked how he does it, he simply states "I just keep it real!" Seeing him live on stage is a must!!! He shall wake you up and show you what a real performer is all about.

Most recently in 2009, King-I was selected to appear on Ken Williams WVIP NY Reggae Rising Stars competition and proceeded to win round 2 of the event , then appeared on Rock w/Squeeze at SOBs in Manhattan for the Grand Finals. King-I has opened up for a variety of reggae artists, including Yellowman, Lee Scratch Perry, The Wailers, Capleton, Pato Banton, Everton Blender and more.

King-I was one of two artists chosen to voice on the Respect Riddim, the first international release of 2009 for Das Vibes in collaboration with Jahmyspace featuring several well known reggae artists. Look for King-I to appear on several other international riddims to be released as well. He is currently in the studio working on his debut album.

King-I is also an amazing artist. His custom airbrush designs are on display @ myspace.com/thekingjah and custom designs can be ordered.