Written by on March 25, 2020

Music like Paul Elliott’s has a presence that sets it apart from other genres. It’s saying something important about the world we live in, and showing us how we too, can make a difference. Yet for songs like this to be effective, the artist has to live what he’s singing about.

With Paul Elliott, there are no half measures, and no compromises, because the man is as real as he sounds. Paul Elliott’s expressive vocals and growing catalogue of reality songs make him a natural successor to seventies’ reggae greats such as Marley, Tosh, and Burning Spear .. artists whose music has lasting relevance, is grounded in the Rastafarian tradition, and speaks to people of all nationalities.

The comparisons don’t stop there, since he was born and raised in the West Kingston ghetto of Waterhouse .. an area rich in musical tradition, but where everyday life involved a constant struggle against poverty and the threat of violence. He and his family were spared neither. His mother was left to fend for her family of ten children alone and unsurprisingly, he grew up among considerable hardship.

You can still hear the sufferation in his voice today, along with compassion, and a stirring dose of rebel philosophy. Growing up in Waterhouse, he was surrounded by singers like Half Pint, Dennis Brown, and Black Uhuru, who rehearsed in a nearby gully. He took the name of Culture Paul when recording his debut for US producer Jah Life, and then served his musical apprenticeship at King Jammy’s, competing for attention with the likes of Shabba, Admiral Bailey, and Chakademus.

It was at Black Scorpio he learnt to produce his own sessions but then tragedy struck twice in succession when two of his brothers were shot and killed, and gunmen brutally murdered his mother. Music thus became his only salvation, resulting in the songs that not only established his reputation, but were also designed to make the killers “feel the vibration of the music.”

Two of them – Vipers and Fat Belly Rats – are among the most heartfelt reggae songs of the modern era. A steady flow of other singles followed, culminating in his debut album, Save Me Oh Jah, containing hits like Import Corruption and Seek Jah Blessing. A second album, Meaning Of Life, arrived in 2001, and was again mainly self-produced. Songs like True Love, Psychological Warfare, and How Does It Feel demonstrated how his music had broadened in scope, whilst remaining true to its roots reggae foundations.

This same compelling mix of soulful vocals, powerful messages, and authentic rhythms can be heard on his latest album, 21st Century, comprised of 15 original songs, and co-starring Richie Spice, Daddy Rings, and Mango Seed. Paul Elliott: Stronger Productions P. O. Box 1144 Stony Hill Kingston 9, Jamaica W.I, Telephone: 876-395-0033 US: 6093102440 Email:

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