Junior Reid – Jamaica’s heavyweight artist with hits such as “One Blood” & “Original Foreign Mind”
Delroy ‘Junior’ Reid originally came into prominence around 1983/84 as part of the Waterhouse crew, a dancehall singer collective who sported a signature style, which included Reid, Half Pint, and Yami Bolo, among others. He started on the Youthman Promotion sound system owned by the legendary Sugar Minott, and quickly gained fame in Jamaica and dancehalls abroad from such hits as “Original Foreign Mind”, “Reggae Gone Cross the Border” and his take on Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature”.
The former lead singer of Black Uhuru, with chart topping hits including the monster hits One Blood and This is Why I’m Hot (remix), Junior “One Blood” Reid is a worldwide Reggae/Dancehall Legend, universally loved and respected by fellow artists and fans.
In 1989, Reid left Black Uhuru and released the One Blood album, whose title track became a worldwide anthem. Junior “One Blood” Reid is known by every reggae fan worldwide. Reid’s longevity has a lot to do with the timelessness of the song One Blood. This song’s universal message is similar that of Bob Marley’s One Love. The One Blood remix with Game crossed over to hip-hop and urban audiences, leading to a string of hip-hop/ reggae collaborations with the likes of Po or Righteous Teachers, Busta Rhymes, Wu-Tang Clan, Guru’s Jazzmataz, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, Cool and Dre and Snoop Dogg.
1990 His most notable tunes were deejay combinations, particularly Bounty Killer (“Seek God” and “World Too Haunted”). Then, the turn of the new century brought an entire new audience to his music.
Junior Reid was spotted in 2006 when he was featured on The Game’s track “One Blood” from his sophomore album “The Doctor’s Advocate”. The hit song featured a sample from Junior Reid’s “One Blood”. The artist was also featured on the video and TRL performance. He has also scored a hit in the remix of rapper Mims’ smash hit “This is Why We Hot” (2007). Reid continues to tour the world and is enjoying a rebirth in the hip-hop world with his catchy yet raw dancehall vocals, remaining relevant in a tough, ever-changing business.
Other Hip-Hop tracks worthy of note are the Poor Righteous Teachers track “Dreadful Day”, Wu-Tang Clans’ “Jah World” and “One Blood Under Wu”. In 2015 Junior Reid will be releasing his new album “Living Legend” as well as making several appearances at international festivals.
2007, Junior Reid won three major music awards in Jamaica. November 2007, he was featured on the American Music Awards with Alicia Keys on prime time American television. One Blood was sampled by The Game for It’s Okay, and features Junior on the #1 hit off of The Game’s latest album. Junior is also featured on MMS remix to the chart topping single This is Why I’m Hot. This single was a number one song on the radio and in the clubs, and the video was on heavy rotation on BET. He also featured on a Fabulous track with his song Real Gangster Don’t Play.
July/ August 2008, alongside the Reggae Angels, Junior Reid toured the Western U.S., culminating in top billing backed by Sly and Robbie on the Reggae Rising festival in Humboldt, CA. Shortly thereafter Junior Reid and the Reggae Angels toured Europe, doing most of the major summer festivals in many European countries. Junior returned to the US to headline the Monterey Bay Reggaefest in California. In 2009 he was a top billed artist on The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. .
Junior’s live show is in excellent shape with a repertoire of hit after hit songs.
To date, Jamaican-born singer Junior Reid, a devout Rastafarian regarded by many as a messenger from Jah With his incisive, prophetic lyrics and unstinting support for the ghetto man, Junior remains a powerful roots artist well known and loved worldwide.