Under The Rasta Influence

Under The Rasta Influence

BandHip HopReggae

URI has a vibe like none other - being at one of their reggae shows makes you feel as if you are one with the band - the energy level that is expressed makes you realize just how powerful music can really be.


Ever since Donovan Ernest was little, his father knew he was meant to grow up to be on the big stage. Donovan would grab anything that looked like a microphone and start pretending like he was hyping the crowd. That must be why his presence as the front man for Under The Rasta Influence (U.R.I) seems so fluent and natural. With their potent live show; U.R.I is able to captivate each crowd with their own unique vibes that emanate in the air on any given night.
For Donovan, the ideologies and thoughts that manifested the idea of living Under The Rasta Influence drew him to form U.R.I with skilled producer and drummer Rusty Mack, and bassist Sean Lewis at their native Purchase College to form the authentic and original reggae band.
With the college years going by, U.R.I was able to complete its positive sound with guitarist Tim Shipman, keyboardist Mike DeRosa, and cellist Taylor Cannizzaro. As a whole, the six-piece reggae band is young, fresh and straight up talented. U.R.I has been able to gain respect from the legendary DJ Squeeze along with Jamrock Magazine, as well as be featured in The Source Magazine this past April.
Each member of U.R.I brings something unique to the reggae band, forging a style and sound that is distinct and very much their own. Donovan’s infectious charisma and voice captivates crowds, and somewhere between the unique lead styling’s of Tim's guitar and the swagger of bassist Sean Lewis, U.R.I delivers an intense and energy-driven show that is unparalleled, and maintains a high level of musicianship.
U.R.I has opened for hip hop acts such as Drake, The Cool Kids, Brand Nubian, Dead Prez, Jadakiss, Styles P, The Beatnuts, Cassidy, and reggae acts Serani, Mr. Vegas, Norris Man, Luciano, Glen Adams, Milton Henry, and Everton Blender.
U.R.I is young, energetic and ready for the main stage- if you have ever seen them live, you know it too. “When it comes to potent live shows and smoking grooves, few bands are able to keep pace with Under The Rasta Influence.” (The Source April 09)



Don't Under Estimate My Love
We've Come a Long Way

Set List

Under The Rasta Influence (URI) have played live sets that range in time. URI has been booked in the past as a house band, cover band, wedding band, but most importantly a band with original music.

URI has numerous original songs that include but not limited to:
Burn It Up
Get Around
Bang Bang
Taking Over
My Music
Nothin’ To It
I & I
Follow Me
Get Up & Fight
Your Sweet Kiss
Don’t Under Estimate My Love
We’ve Come A Long Way

URI can also cover an enormous amount of Bob Marley Tracks which include but are not limited to:
I Shot The Sheriff
Stir It Up
Crazy Baldheads
Waiting in Vain
Burning & Looting
Dem Belly Full
Rat Race

Previous dates Under The Rasta Influence has performed recently:
5/26/09- The Leopard Lounge, New York, NY
5/22/09- Kenny’s Castaway’s, New York, NY
5/16/09- Crystal Bay, Peekskill, NY
5/9/09- Habana Outpost BLOCK PARTY
– Opened for KRS One
5/4/09- Jamrock With Squeeze at SOB’s,