Michael Prophet
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Michael Prophet

Michael Prophet
Michael George Haynes
Born 3 March 1957
Kingston, Jamaica
Died 16 December 2017 (aged 60)
Bedford, England
Genres Reggae
Instruments Vocals

Michael George Haynes (3 March 1957 - 16 December 2017), known professionally as Michael Prophet, was a Jamaican roots reggae singer known for his "crying" tenor vocal style, whose recording career began in 1977.[1][2]


Prophet's first recordings were for producer Yabby You in 1977, debuting with the single "Praise You Jah Jah", which had actually been written five years earlier.[1] He cites Bob Andy as his main influence as a singer.[3] He had his first Jamaican hit with a version of The Heptones' "Fight It To The Top".[1] His 1980 album Serious Reasoning was released by Island Records in the United Kingdom, establishing his reputation internationally.[2] After working with Yabby You, he also recorded for Henry "Junjo" Lawes, adapting to the prevailing dancehall sound and having his biggest hit with "Gunman". During the first half of the 1980s he recorded for producers such as Don Mais, Al Campbell, Sugar Minott, Winston "Niney" Holness, and Winston Riley, cementing his status as one of Jamaica's most popular singers.[1] After living in Miami for a time, he moved to England, where he recorded "Your Love" which reached number one in the UK reggae chart in 1990.[1] It was followed in 1991 by the album Get Ready, which also sold well.[1]

Prophet died from a cardiac arrest in Bedford, England, on 16 December 2017, aged 60.[4] He had been battling lung cancer and was suffering from brain tumours.[5]



  • Consciousness (1979) Yabby You
  • Vocal & Dub (1979) Yabby You (Yabby You & Michael Prophet)
  • Serious Reasoning (1980) Island
  • Righteous Are The Conqueror (1980) Greensleeves/Thompson Sound
  • Yabby You & Michael Prophet Meets Scientist at The Dub Station (1981) Yabby You
  • Know The Right (1981) Prophet
  • Prophecy (1981) Yabby U (with Yabby You and Wayne Wade)
  • Michael Prophet (1981) Jah Guidance/Thompson Sound
  • Stars In Disco Showcase (1982) Yabby You
  • Michael Prophet Versions (1983) Yabby You
  • Jah Love (1983) Live & Learn
  • Love Is An Earthly Thing (1983) CSA, reissued as Reggae Music All Right (2000) and Michael Prophet (2001) both on Dressed To Kill
  • Blood Stain (1984) Satta Blue/Ashantites
  • Cease Fire (1985) Move
  • Joint Favourites (1985) Greensleeves (with Half Pint)
  • Settle Fu Ye Settle (1986) Live & Love
  • Loving You (1987) Tuff Gong
  • Certify (1988) Burning Sounds/CSA
  • Gunman (1991) Greensleeves (compilation of Righteous are the Conqueror and Michael Prophet)
  • Get Ready (1991) Passion/Greensleeves
  • Bull Talk (1992) Greensleeves
  • Magnet to Steel (1994) Jet Star
  • Flimmy and The Prophet (1995) Acid Jazz (with Dread Flimstone)
  • Rootsman (1999) Ariwa
  • Michael Prophet & Friends (1999) Ariwa
  • Consciousness (2000) Yabby You/Musidisc
  • Al Campbell Meets Michael Prophet (2000) Reggae Superstars
  • Protection (2009) Sip A Cup

Compilation albums

  • Cease & Settle (1994) Live & Learn - combines Cease Fire and Settle Fu Ye Settle


  1. ^ a b c d e f Larkin, Colin (1998). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae. Virgin Books. ISBN 0-7535-0242-9. 
  2. ^ a b Barrow, Steve; Dalton, Peter (1997). Reggae: The Rough Guide. Rough Guides. ISBN 1-85828-247-0. 
  3. ^ Peter I (February 2005). "Interview with Michael Prophet". Rebel Base. Archived from the original on 14 September 2008. Retrieved 2008. 
  4. ^ Campbell, Howard (2017) "Michael Prophet is dead", Jamaica Observer, 17 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017
  5. ^ "Reggae Artist Michael Prophet Is Sick", Ghetto Radio, 14 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017

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