Richie Stephens at 2013 Summerjam Festival
|Born||5 December 1966|
|Genres||R&B, reggae, reggae fusion, dancehall|
Pot of Gold
|Soul II Soul|
Born in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, Jamaica, Stephens worked in the early 1990s as part of the twice Grammy Award winning act Soul II Soul. He recorded at Motown, 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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2015 he began working with Italian ska ensemble the Ska Nation Band, while continuing to work as a solo artist. In November 2015 he was reportedly working on a new solo album set for release in early 2016.