SHINEHEAD was signed to a recording contract by then A&R Raul Roach, son of the legendary jazz musician Max Roach, with Elektra Records from 1988 to 1995. SHINEHEAD is known globally for his rendition of STING's “Englishman in New York", retitled as "Jamaican In New York" on the Sidewalk University album (1993). It reached #30 in the UK Singles Chart in April 1993. He is credited as being one of the first Jamaican Reggae Dancehall artists to be signed to a U.S. music label and to cross Hip Hop with Reggae music. He was produced by RUN DMC’s JAM MASTER JAY on his Unity album. His "Chain Gang" was the first video to be shown during a regular season episode of YO MTV RAPS in 1988
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He has performed internationally for SUNSPLASH, GARANCE FESTIVAL, REBEL SALUTE, ROTOTOM, REGGAE GEEL, REGGAE SUN SKA, FESTIPOP, OUTLOOK FESTIVAL, Irish and Chin’s REEEWIND and for DAMIAN MARLEY’s JAMROCK CRUISE every year since its inception! Whether with a live band or as a guest deejay on a soundsystem, SHINEHEAD entertains crowds, internationally satiating long time fans, and enchants new generations of Reggae and Hip Hop fans with lyrical skills that show that as he gets older, SHINEHEAD’s musical abilities continue to refine like a great vintage wine!
SHINEHEAD is a masterful artist who sings, raps, deejays, singjays, plays bass guitar, songwrites, produces, and in the last few years, spins vinyl and acetate records on turntables for his own custom-built soundsystem. Born in England and raised in Jamaica and the Bronx, NY, SHINEHEAD developed a diversified lyrical style; SHINEHEAD releases albums and singles that fuses Reggae Dancehall with Hip Hop, Soul and RnB. Whether SHINEHEAD raps, deejays, or croons, his material inspires positivity, social consciousness, romantic sentiments, and humor.
Since then, SHINEHEAD has recorded independently with producers from Japan, Europe, with artists like MAD LION, and on his own productions as well. In addition, SHINEHEAD has played a Stand Up Bass, an electric bass, and a keyboard bass in singles such as “Olivia,” “Diamonds In The Watch,” “Troddin,” “Praises,” “Watch Your Back,” “Raggamuffin,” and “Collie Weed.” Playing and producing music alongside musical greats like legendary STEELIE & CLEEVIE has proved an equal influence in his production and arrangement abilities. This is why his last 3 recordings have been launched by KING JAMMY'S and PECKINGS RECORDS.
SHINEHEAD performed for NY Reggae Dancehall sound systems in the 1980s, notably with Tony Screw of DOWNBEAT THE RULER out of the Bronx. Surrounded by legends like BRIGADIER JERRY and RANKIN JOE, SHINEHEAD flourished in Reggae Roots and Dancehall both lyrically and in his knowledge of a wide variety of music that he collected from the likes of Tony Screw and Kiddy Rankz of FIRGO DIGITAL. SHINEHEAD started releasing singles in 1984, including a cover of MICHAEL JACKSON’s "Billie Jean," which brought him notoriety in and out of the dancehalls. His recording debut was in 1986 on the African Love Music label with "Who The Cap Fits (Let Them Wear It)" from the Rough & Rugged album