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"Calgary Reggae Festival"



"Sweet, Sweet Sugar Prince" as he is so affectionately named in the biz is a most spectacular youth! Humming musical tunes before he could even speak, says his father. It is no wonder he arrived on the Jamaican music scene in 1996 at the tender age of four! Performing for a crowd of more than 10,000 at "A Tribute to Garnett Silk" that year and again in '97. Sugar Prince has a seemingly endless list of musical accomplishments. Featured on Master T's Reggae Vibes 2002 with his song "Too Young for Love". His song "Clash" can be heard on the Rascalz Reloaded CD. He has made many more recordings as well as music videos. His '97 music video for the songs "Tell Me Who" and more recently "Too Young for Love" both received high rotation on Much Music. He has graced the same stage as veteran reggae artistes such as Cocoa Tea and Marcia Griffiths. His music has had consistent airplay on many urban radio stations in Canada and abroad. Come out on August 14 to Burns Stadium in Calgary and see for yourself why so many people love "Sweet, Sweet Sugar Prince".

- By Lisa Connors


"Master T w/Various Artists, Reggae Vibes"

Master T w/Various Artists, Reggae Vibes
(Virgin)

July 18, 2002
Credit: Virgin

I don't like being lied to.

I can't say that I had high hopes when I saw former MuchMusic vj Master T's face gracing the cover of Master T's Reggae Vibes, but I did have one: it would be reggae.

Well, it wasn't. We start off with some pseudo reggae tracks from lesser-knowns like Sean Paul and Baby Cham, who sound more like hip-hop or Jamaican rap than reggae. They also lack any sort of vibe.

With that said, these first songs serve as the album's high point, and it's a quick slide down from there.

Shaggy's there with the punch mix of "It Wasn't Me." Apparently cutting out most of the music and adding more, sporadic, punchy drums makes you reggae. Go figure.

Don't forget Snow, with "Girls," Nelly Furtado--with an equally punchy version of "Turn Out the Lights"--and Master T presenting Sugar Prince with "Too Young For Love," which could be more easily confused with Destiny's Child than Bob Marley.

Finally, the album hits the ultimate low when Christopher performs a less-than-stellar remake of Backstreet Boys' "That Way." Reggae indeed.

On a positive note, the liner notes remind you to watch for Master T's Urban Vibes later this year. I'm not sure what to expect, but don't be surprised if Puff Daddy--no, wait, P-Diddy--is remaking "My Heart Will Go On."



- by James Keller, Opinions Editor


"Video Shoot"

Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Well depending on what part of the country you live in I'm hoping you've heard the first release from Master T's Reggae Vibes, Sugar Prince's "Too Young For Love". For all those people who are curious about what Sugar looks and sounds like director Michael Douglas from Oz Media are just about to put the finishing touches on video which you'll hopefully get to check out at a video outlet near you. I must say I've been on a lot of video sets and there's no greater feeling than been involved with a project first hand and watching it all unfold for the cameras. The crew, soccer teams (gave you a little insight into the story line)and of course Sugar Prince did an amazing job...I'm excited and can't wait to see the completed video.....

I'll be back to update you on more upcoming tour dates for September and October....

If your in the Kingston area look out for a Reggae Vibes Session...Thursday, August 22 in Kingston Ont at ELIXIR...it's gonna be a wicked party.... - Master T


"Community event puts youth"

Community event puts youth
back on the map
As featured in The Weekly Gleaner Community Newspaper,

August 29-September 4, 2002

Youngsters in Toronto's Jane and Finch community got an opportunity to strut their stuff at the third annual Youth Mosaic on the weekend. The event, which took place at the Jane-Finch Mall in North York, brought residents together from all corners of the community and provided a forum that brought young, fresh talent to the forefront. "Mosaic represents diversity", said Gerry Green, this years Youth Mosaic Organizer, "and that's why we're going to have different dancers and performers." Green has been involved from the very beginning in 1999, and this year he did something unprecedented by hiring two students to take part in this celebration. It's important for youth to see that we have a community to be proud of," said Green. "People are working together and learning from one another." There was a mix of rap, reggae and hip-hop performers that kept the crowds coming. This year's main attraction was hip-hop singer, Sugar Prince, artist of the title track, Too Young For Love." "I love that song," cried 17-year old Ladonna Taylor. "I never really met him (Sugar Prince) before so this will be a good opportunity." The audience was entertained by some talented young actors from the Arts York and Burning Passions Theatre, who put on a small play based on issues relevant to young people everywhere. But the real opportunities were found in the Job Fair and Employment Expo that featured over 30 employers, including Prime America, Pizza Pizza, and Mary Kay Cosmetics, who were looking for potential workers. I'm hoping that young people will get jobs and other people who haven't accessed community services will gain career information," said Green. Nearby community agencies like Jane-Finch Legal Services and Conflict Mediation Services of Downview set up information booths and distributed flyers and pamphlets. Keynote speaker, Chioma, delivered a powerful message to the young people of Jane and Finch that emphasized community and a sense of belonging. "Coming back to the community and speaking to youth about my journey is a bittersweet moment for me," said Chioma. "I tell youth they've got to take responsibility for their lives; their parents aren't responsible for their future." Chioma described the Jane-Finch community as having a lot of potential and encouraged youth to reclaim their neighborhood. This year's MC was Sanforka, from CHRY105.FM radio, who introduced a medley of entertainers including, community activists Judy Sgro, MP Maria Augimeri and DJ J-wize from Flow 93.5 FM radio. The Jane and Finch community represents one of the largest growing ethnic communities in the city. Community artists had no reservations in their efforts to lend a helping hand. "It's great to support a community like this one because people have given it such a bad rap," said DJSoul Sistah, who played "conscience" Reggae and Dance Hall music all afternoon. For some of the performers, this was a rare opportunity to tread back on common ground. "This is a community I grew up in," said Reggae performer, Lady Luscious. While their reputation is not representative of where the community stands right now, Green belives that this event will touch hearts and reach a higher platform. "It's important for you to see that they have a community to be proud of." Said Green; "It's just like a little United Nations here."
- Written by Nadia Ranieri


"The Music Master"

Reggae Vibes Session One was mixed by T's longtime collaborator, DJ Dave Campbell, and fuses pop, reggae, Jamaican dancehall and hip-hop-tinged Canadian reggae into a continuous party record. The range is deceptively wide, moving from Shaggy, to the new Beenie Man single, to locals Kardinal Offishall and K-OS. Nelly Furtado is tossed in, in reggae-remix form. Newcomer Sugar Prince has gained attention with a tune co-written by T's wife, Paula Johnson.

"It isn't just a straight-up dancehall record. I'm trying to expose different types of reggae music," T said. "I could have licensed underground dancehall tracks in a minute, but people have known me on a commercial end for years. I want to tap that kid who might only know Shaggy but who might think Beenie Man is cool, or that K-OS sounds different.

"A good record is a good record."

Next up in T's six-album Virgin deal is his Urban Vibes Vol. 1 comp, due in the fall.

Tonight he is host of the Canadian Urban Music Association's Urban X-Posure Awards at the Phoenix, and he MCs Carnival's Irie Music Festival at Nathan Philips Square Saturday with Maxi Priest and Sugar Prince.

- By Kieran Grant / Jam showbiz


"Congratulations Sugar Prince"

"Congratulations to Sugar Prince on the release of his hit single 'Too Young for Love', which appears on Master T's Reggae Vibes Session One"

- Master Vocal Coach Diana Yampolksy's


Discography

1) Slave (single, 2000)
2) Tell Me Who ? (single, 2001)***
3) Help Me (EP, 2001)
4) Only You can Guide (EP, 2001)
5) Too Young For Love (single, 2002)*
6) Girl On My Block (single,2003)**
7) In Da Zone (single, 2005)
8) Swept Away (single, 2005)

Awards & Nominations

* Urban Music Association of Canada recipent for "2003 Best Reggae Single of the Year - Too Young For Love"

** Urban Music Association of Canada nomination for "2004 Best Reggae Single - Girl On My Block"

*** Reggae Music Association of Canada for "Best New Single - Tell Me Who"

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Bio

RJ Thomas Biography

R.J. a.k.a. Suga Prince is a genre-twisting up-and-coming vocalist/producer with more connections than AT&T and more potential than LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony combined. R.J. has blended RnB, hip-hop and Reggae together in a hyper-fresh hybrid, collecting numerous accolades and awards over the course of his nine-year music career. R.J. is guaranteed to drop a big cannonball right in the middle of the International music scene. Heads will turn and heads will nod, and the most amazing part is that it’s all going to happen before his 14th birthday. Born in Toronto, R.J. started singing pretty much before he could talk. At a very tender age, he divided his time between his native Canada and Jamaica, where he followed the music of his mentor, the late great reggae legend Garnett Silk. When he was only four years old, he performed in front of over 10,000 people for a Memorial tribute to his mentor in Jamaica. In 1997, at the age of six, Suga Prince released his first independent video, “Tell Me Who” and shared stage with reggae superstars Tony Rebel and Luciano. R.J. was featured on Master T’s EMI/Virgin 2002 compilation, Reggae Vibes, singing “Too Young For Love” and featured video performance (winner of a 2003 Urban Music Association of Canada Award). Suga Prince is a torch with enough soul to stay lit from Toronto to London. Given Suga Prince’s prowess as a singer, songwriter, and producer, established artists and producers have seized the opportunity to collaborate. Suga Prince has worked with Sony recording artist Jon B, International music icons Sly and Robbie, Columbia recording artist/producer Ryan Tedder ,Def Jam/Capitol Hill recording artist Saukrates and hip hop veterans The Rascalz (also featured on their Juno award winning album, Reloaded),. Suga has performed with stars like K-Ci & JoJo, Capleton, and Murder Inc's R&B recording artist Lloyd. At ten years old, he serenaded recording executives Sylvia Rhone & Susan Depasse.
With the 2005 summer release of "In Tha Zone," Suga Prince seems destined to take his career to the next level. From the opening strains of its title track, he announces himself as a star. Over a bubbling, pulsing producer Saukrates beat, replete with drops of keys and horn flourishes, R.J. pours a beautifully affecting vocal that will be stealing radio airtime for years to come.
Right now, the future looks so bright for R.J.; his fans may have to wear a pair of sunglasses and a visor. He’s on the cusp of taking over the music scene and he’s not even old enough to drive. Pretty soon one fact will become totally undeniable, this Prince is a King!
Written by Nick Patch

for more information visit www.sugaprince.com