desmond is a roots reggae singer/songwriter but he is not a Rasta; he is a Christian. He does not wear dreadlocks. He does not smoke weed or anything else. He is not homophobic. His last name is not Marley. In fact, he is not even sure who is father is, which is why he is just desmond. He is definitely not from one of the reggae families. He has only one daughter and only one wife. He is well over thirty and is yet to win any major awards or visit the Billboard charts. He has been living away from Jamaica for the last nine years. If there is any street cred left from all of this, he would have lost it for being a classically-trained musician.
In spite of all of this, he has sold 2,400 copies of his EP Losers Never Win which was released digitally and physically recently. There are major label reggae acts struggling to sell 2,000 CDs. He has been performing all over the United States, including the Apollo Theater in NYC which has been aired all over the world on BET/Centric. He has been getting good reviews and airplay from stations such as the Fatsa Fatsa Show, KTUH, and Indies in Motion. All of this has been done without the help of a booking agent, distributor, publicist, or record label. The EP features Pam Hall (“Dear Boopsie”, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Dennis Brown, Jimmy Cliff, I-Threes, Toots Hibbert, Ziggy Marley) providing harmonies, Desi Jones (Jimmy Cliff, Monty Alexander, Ernie Ranglin) on drums, Leabert “Gibby” Morrison (Beres Hammond, Bunny Wailer, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Toots Hibbert) and Donald Waugh (Chalice) on bass, Dennis Rushton (BET Jazz) on keyboards and Nicholas Laraque (Stephen Marley) on saxophone.
desmond, who hails from Kingston, Jamaica has sung gospel, classical and reggae music solo and in choirs professionally since he was eight years old. The musicians playing on the EP, which was recorded at Tuff Gong, Bob Marley’s studio in Kingston, Jamaica, represent the crème de la crème of the internationally renowned Jamaican reggae/pop/jazz scene.
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