Richie Stephens (musician)
Richie Stephens
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Richie Stephens at 2013 Summerjam Festival
Background information
Richard Stephenson
Born (1966-12-05) 5 December 1966 (age 50)
Origin Savanna-la-Mar, Jamaica
Genres R&B, reggae, reggae fusion, dancehall
Singer-songwriter, producer
Labels Motown
VP
Pot of Gold
Greensleeves
Soul II Soul
Website www.richiestephensmusic.com

Richard Stephenson (born 5 December 1966), better known as Richie Stephens is a Jamaican R&B, dancehall and reggae singer and producer.

Biography

Born in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, Jamaica,[1] Stephens worked in the early 1990s as part of the twice Grammy Award winning act Soul II Soul. He recorded at Motown,[2] and recorded for the VP label before establishing his own label, Pot of Gold Records. Later that decade he released dancehall singles such as "Winner", "Bus the Place" and "Slop Dem". His tracks "Legacy" (Mad Cobra featuring Richie Stevens, 1993) and "Come Give Me Your Love" (Richie Stephens featuring General Degree, 1997) peaked at numbers 64 and 61 respectively in the UK Singles Chart.[3]

In 1998, Stephens' album Winner was released by Greensleeves, produced by himself, Frenchie, Danny Brownie and Donovan Germain. Since then, Stephens has focused his music on Christian related themes.

In 2006 Stephens received the Jamaican Governor-General's Achievement Award for contributing to civic, social and recreational projects in and around the parish of Westmoreland.[1]

In January 2011 Richie's adopted son Demar Graham, who went by the stage name Copper Cat, was shot and killed outside his home in Kingston.[4]

He released a new album God is on My Side on 22 May 2012, under Pot of Gold/VPAL. He also released a collaboration album with German reggae singer Gentleman on 27 November 2012. In 2014, following the growth of EDM in Jamaica, Stephens sought to capitalize on this by launching a new riddim called 'Skatech' which was an amalgamation of Jamaican ska and EDM. Stephens believed that due to ska not being at the forefront of Jamaican music for many years, combining it with something fresh could bring it back into the spotlight.[5][6]

In 2015 he began working with Italian ska ensemble the Ska Nation Band, while continuing to work as a solo artist.[7] In November 2015 he was reportedly working on a new solo album set for release in early 2016.[7]

Album discography

  • On Broadway (1990), Jamaazima
  • Richie Stpehens (1991), Gong Sounds
  • Sincerely (1991), VP
  • Pot of Gold (1993), Motown
  • Forever (1994), Pot of Gold
  • Miracles (1995), VP
  • Special Work of Art (1996), Penthouse
  • Buff Baff (1997), Multimedia
  • Winner (1998), Greensleeves
  • Perfect Love (2000), VP
  • The Man Upstairs (2002), Ejaness
  • Covers for Lovers (2003), Pot of Gold
  • Come to Jamaica (2008), Pot of Gold
  • Reggae Evolution (2010), Pot of Gold
  • Live Your Life (2012), Pot of Gold - with Gentleman
  • God Is on My Side (2012), Pot of Gold
  • Real Reggae Music (2013), Kingstone
  • Internationally (2016), Richie Stephens and the Ska Nation Band, Pot of Gold, Adriatic Sound

References

  1. ^ a b Richie Stephens wins GG Achievement Awards for Westmoreland. YardFlex.com (2006-10-06). Retrieved on 2013-07-13.
  2. ^ allmusic Richie Stephens > Biography
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 528. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Sharpe, Michael. Entertainer's adopted son killed at his gate. Jamaica Observer. 22 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-3-2.
  5. ^ "Richie Stephens to launch 'Skatech' rhythm". Jamaica Star. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 2015. 
  6. ^ "Richie Stephens to launch 'Skatech' rhythm". Caribzar. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 2015.  (subscription required)
  7. ^ a b Campbell, Cecelia (2015) "Richie Stephens fuses with Italian band", Jamaica Gleaner, 9 November 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2015

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