Tarrus Riley
Tarrus Riley

Tarrus Riley

About Tarrus Riley

The son of reggae legend Jimmy Riley, singer Tarrus Riley has upheld his family legacy by becoming one of Jamaica’s boldest performers.

Challenges, Riley’s 2004 debut album, was produced by the legendary Jamaican sax player Dean Fraser.
∙ He was awarded 2007 Artiste Of The Year by Jamaican Observer for his 2006 album, Parables.
∙ “Start a New,” his 2009 single about a woman leaving an abusive relationship, inspired his anti-domestic violence campaign, performing at schools and talking with children about the issue.
∙ A long-time student of political activist Marcus Garvey’s works, Riley won the 2011 Marcus Garvey Award for his contribution to “the tradition of teaching and inspiring through music.”
∙ His 2014 collaboration with Dean Fraser, Love Situation, which he describes as “a true tribute to the rocksteady era,” gave him his first No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Reggae Albums chart.
∙ Along with Ellie Goulding, Riley featured on Major Lazer’s 2015 single “Powerful,” which became his first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100.

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