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Freddie McGregor

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Freddie McGregor

Rhythm Incorporated

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Hawks & Reed Ballroom

289 Main St.

Greenfield, MA 01301

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Internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated singer, Freddie McGregor!

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Internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated singer, Freddie McGregor, O.D., has made significant contributions to Reggae music since inception, and has also helped to shape it with his conscious lyrics and Philly-Soul style for over 50 years. Equally adept as a romantic crooner or as an emissary of strong cultural messaging, his undeniable vocal ability boasts hits like Push Come to Shove, Africa Here I Come, I Was Born A Winner, Guantanamera, his signature Big Ship, Lock Dem’ Down and Bangarang (both chart topping hits from album “Comin' in Tough”) and American soul classics like, Just Don't Want to Be Lonely (Ronnie Dyson) and Can I Change My Mind (by Tyrone Davis). With his profound natural talent and influenced by legends Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Bob Andy and many others, Freddie finessed his craft to become one of reggae’s greatest singers. Early tracks like Why Did You Do It and Do Good and Good Will Follow You propelled his career in the mid-sixties. He followed the group the Claredonians to Kingston and later teamed up with Ernest "Fitzroy" Wilson to form the duo Fitzie and Freddie recording for Coxone Dodd’s Studio One label.

In 1975, Freddie's musical and lyrical content changed with a strong slant towards social consciousness with tunes like Mark of the Beast, I Am A Rasta and reggae classic Bobby Babylon. He released his long awaited album “Mr. McGregor” in 1977, which contained reggae mainstays such as Zion Chant, Rastaman Chant and Walls of Jericho marking a major milestone in his stellar career and paving the way for his 1981 single Big Ship, which has become one of reggae's classics and biggest hits.

In 1989, Freddie launched his own label entitled, Big Ship, featuring “Jamaica Classics: Volume One” as the first major release, which included popular tunes like “Let Him Try and Derrick Harriots Loser (by Derrick Harriot). Today, Big Ship is the most recognized Reggae label in Japan handling its own production, manufacturing, distribution and promotions while having produced several reggae artists including General Degree, Cutty Ranks, Mikey Spice, Benjy Myaz and Freddie’s daughter, Yeshemabeth. His album entitled Anything for You featuring the songs Uncle Sam, I See It In You and Anything for You, was nominated for a Grammy in 2002. Video productions include the historic Super Stars Extravaganza DVD, highlighting rare concert footage from the 1989 Denbigh Show Ground with live performances by such greats like Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Cocoa Tea, Barrington Levy, Frankie Paul, Carlene Davis and the legendary Tamlins.

Over the years, Freddie has consistently “given back” to the community supporting underprivileged youths in communities in Jamaica through scholarships or guiding their musical careers. With events such as Rock Steady Meets Reggae, promoting unity within the Reggae fraternity and Reggae by the Lake, Freddie encourages positive family values through music. In 2010, he designed and donated a decorative mask for the Education Africa Gala silent auction (others designers included Sting, Paris Hilton, Simon Cowell and Sir Bob Geldof) to support access to education. A strong advocate for the protection and promotion of the music industry, his credited accolades/titles include serving as Chairman of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association, receiving both the prestigious Jamaican Order of Distinction (2003) and a Sumfest Award (2012) for his contribution to Jamaican music and culture. Always ready to perform, Freddie continues to please his fans throughout the world.

He has completed over 30 albums to date and headlined international concerts and venues including Poland's Blue Note, Japan's Jumping Splash, Reggae Sunsplash (Clapham Common), the Cartegena Festival (Colombia), Midem (France), the Jamaican Expo (performing for Nelson Mandela and Prince Charles), the London Hammersmith Apollo performing with John Holt and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Annual Caribbean Tourism Week (NYC), Reichold Center for the Performing Arts (USVI) and many others. His song, Lovers Rock, was featured in the critically acclaimed HBO film “Disappearing Acts” and inducted an Apollo Living Legend at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater Salute.

His latest project “True to My Roots”, attests to the experience, intensity and wisdom that are uniquely Freddie. It's a disc that genuinely has something enjoyable for every demographic but can be listened to and enjoyed without the burden of trends, market values or any other preconceptions. This is not the "phoned-in" exercise of a weary veteran content to coast on the past, but the sound of a leader scanning the landscape with a positive view, with an eye to opportunity, not content to pick at consumed carcasses, but mindful always of the need to stay grounded “true to his roots” as the title track proclaims.

Rhythm Inc.

A compelling, captivating and credible reggae group called Simon White & The Rhythm Inc. Band based in Western Massachusetts is about to reverberate in a powerful way across the reggae Diaspora. The five-member magical ensemble brings a fresh and unique hybrid sound to the musical landscape, a sound that infuses elements of reggae and hip hop with a soulful twist, and this exciting and intoxicating new blend of beats is expected to make jaws drop on the road and on the radio. Simon White is a musical pioneer, and the band forms part of a new wave of American-born reggae artists who are blazing a trail of unprecedented success in the reggae and Rastafari music industry globally.

Simon White & The Rhythm Inc. Band quietly came together as a band several years ago in Western Massachusetts, born from a vision that was cradled by group leader and founder Simon White to grow and build from his early exposure to reggae and roots Rastafarian livity. Simon's father was an American-born musician who grew up with modest means, and who spent ten years in the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church in Jamaica. By an early age, thanks to his father's influence, Simon was cultivating musical skills in songwriting, and his passion for a career in music was exploding. When he turned twenty-one he made his first trip to Kingston, Jamaica where he spent over a month familiarizing himself with the local culture, learning about Jamaican landmarks and meeting producers. That trip opened many cultural doors for Simon, and it also boosted his determination to craft a career from reggae.

His influences back then were a mix of old school reggae icons and hip hop legends - Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, Dennis Brown and Burning Spear. He also had great admiration for Tupac and the Fugees on the hip hop side. Luck was with Simon growing up in Wendell, MA, the same small town as The Loose Caboose Band, who became one of the first reggae bands to make it big from that area. The partnership was productive as it provided valuable insights into the fascinating world of reggae music.

After the Simon White & The Rhythm Inc. Band was formed, the group established itself as a serious and solid regional force. Other group members are keyboardist Jason Metcalf, Jamemurrell Stanley on drums & percussion, Nico D'Amico, lead guitarist, and bassist Andrew Atkin. They quickly attracted the attention of New England promoters and enjoyed the good fortune of opening for reggae acts including Collie Buddz, Yellowman, Culture, Raging Fyah and Denroy Morgan.

In February 2018, Simon White & Rhythm Inc. Band put their first commercial release on the market, a 5-song EP called Beautiful Day. True to their brand of music, the compilation is a mélange of reggae, hip hop and dancehall, an attractive magnet for the hundreds of thousands of college students who reside in New England, as well as for fans beyond those borders. The songs include Beautiful Day, Lambsbread Herb and If I Could. The EP is self-produced and the themes in the songs range from ganja to love, unity and social injustice. The legendary Denroy Morgan has sweetened the pot, producing the band's next single, Have No Fear, to be released in August on his ASAPH label, and distributed by VPAL/VP Records.

"We have been abundantly blessed to have veteran reggae artist Denroy Morgan as our manager, mentor and guide", White said. "We've seen the miracles he has created with his own children, Morgan Heritage, grooming them to win a Grammy, and we are hoping that this collaboration will bring us similar blessings."

In the meantime, Simon White & The Rhythm Inc. Band is focused on working hard to grow their fan base to wider audiences. The band members all pledge love for reggae music from the heart, and they plan to connect to music lovers nationally and globally as they continue to push the barriers of reggae and hip hop to astonishing new heights.

Playing New England venues including the Iron Horse, Bishops Lounge, Opus Underground, Brian Boru, Hoops N Hops, Black Eyed Sallys, Fury's Publick House, Ocean Mist, Deja Brew, Amherst Brewing Company, Red Square, Spotlight Tavern and more.

Festival plays include the Charlemont Reggae Festival, Wendell Reggae Fest, Unifier Festival, Terrapinfest, StrangeCreek, Wormtown Music Festival, Ziontific Summer Solstice Music Fest, The Upper Valley Music Fest, and the Old 78 Fest.

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Freddie McGregor

Rhythm Incorporated

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289 Main St.

Greenfield, MA 01301

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