Sledge

Sledge

 Hartford, Connecticut, USA
BandCountryReggae

Can do it all, from the King's English 2 the thickest patois, a master of reggae, modern country & pop, w/slick, crafted, velvety & relaxed yet soulful vocals, an instant favorite w/audiences who like artists who can sing as well as make them dance, & who understand the emotional power of lyrics.

Biography

Sledge

The slender 6-3 plus “Sledge” sits tall in the vocal saddle as the “Reggae Ranger” who can turn his native Jamaican accent or his flawless diction on and off like a spigot. Born in the Rae Town and growing up in the Grants Pen sections of Kingston’s corporate area, Sledge began singing in church and school at the age of five.

“I was a talented child who used to sing on the tables at school. Music is what I love…it gives me the opportunity to express myself and show love to the people. My music is for the healing of people all over the world. I want to use it to unite everyone and help make the world a better place.”

His first big stage appearance was on the renowned Tastee Talent Trail. He entered the contest in 1992, but lost his nerve and ran off-stage.

“But after that I was the lead in the group Power Play; we opened for a lot of the Tastee Talent Trail shows, which always had large crowds.”

After leaving Power Play, Sledge headed several groups such as Cosmic Crew and emceed numerous events before going solo. Opening now for reggae giants like Beres Hammond, Freddie McGregor, Beenie Man, Third World and Tarrus Riley, and a budding songwriter in his own right, his recently released debut album, “After The Storm,” has received critical acclaim all over the U.S. and Great Britain and heavy download action on iTunes.

Sledge now calls Hartford, CT, home, but we think Nashville fans will love Sledge’s smooth “covers” of “Take Me There,” penned by Kenny Chesney, W. L. Mobley and J.N. Thrasher, Jr. for Rascal Flatts and his unique version of “Find Out Who Your Friends Are,” penned by C.M. Beathard and E.M. Hill for Tim McGraw. We think they’ll also appreciate the plain folks wisdom from “yard” in the Jamaican patois in its natural companion song ‘No Better Than I” a fusion of folksy pop and reggae denouncing any entitlement via wealth or youth, and demanding human dignity for rich and poor, penned by R. Meltzer and S. Sarbocca.

Lyrics

No Better Than I

Written By: R.Meltzer, S.Anthony

No BetterThan I (c)2007
(R. Meltzer, S. Anthony) (BMI)
(Capsicum Music, LLC)
(Soul of Zion Music)
(Cheese King Music) (BMI)

Chorus- No matter no man station
No matter him up so high
(so high)
Me no better than no man
No man no better than I
(no, no)
No man no better than I

Verse- No matter him got Oprah
money
No matter his purse feel light
Though me one of eleven
children
Never me hungry one night…
Verse- As kids us never know hungry
Us only been ready to eat
And somebody always see us
No runnin' wild in the street

Repeat Chorus

Verse- Sometimes children confusing
What dem need with what
dem want
When dem see kids with more
t'ings
No divide what’s real, what’s
front
Verse- Too much dem mis-lead
children
Gif dem t'ings but givin' no
love
No teach dem path to all
blessing,
All t'ings from Jah-Jah above

Repeat Chorus

(Shorter) Musical interlude/breakdown

Bridge- Wealth…give no righteous
power
To control the lives of men
Only the generous heart
Living commandment…
number ten…

Repeat Chorus and ad lib tag out to musical resolve

Discography

"After The Storm" a self-distributed LP. Cuts 1, 7 and 3, from Capsicum Records "Reggae-In-Fusion Album #1" now playing
on Hot 102-FM, Irie 105.1-FM, Roots 96.1-FM, Vybz 96.3-FM, Linkz 96.5-FM, and Mello 88.5-FM in Jamaica and all over New England, U.S.A.

Set List

I perform any set length requested by concert promoters. I usually include covers of Dennis Brown's Should I, and my reggae versions of Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts and Wildflower