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Busy Signal is a Jamaican Reggae singer. Born Reanno Gordon on January 24, 1983 and raised alongside three brothers and a sister by his devoutly Christian mother in the St. Ann’s parish community of Brown’s Town, Busy’s first exposure to music, like so many Jamaican youth, was in the church. While attending services and singing hymns he realized he possessed immense vocal talent and earned his very first encore from the church congregation. In his early teens Busy’s family relocated to Kingston moving between the garrison communities of Standpipe, Tivoli Gardens and Papine, volatile environments that inspired the gritty depictions heard on his numerous dancehall hits. While attending school Busy would save his lunch money to buy cassettes of popular music, including Madonna, Whitney Houston, Jay Z and Eminem and was repeatedly reprimanded for beating out riddims on his desk. At night, he often snuck out of the house to hear popular sound systems like Renaissance and Bass Odyssey, fascinated by the deejays’ voices that boomed through the towering assemblage of speakers.
Busy made the requisite links with several sound systems in hopes of becoming a recording artist and gained a modicum of studio experience voicing dub plates for Renaissance and Kilimanjaro sounds; his first single “Shake It Fast” was voiced on Renaissance’s Tunda Clap riddim.
Busy’s breakthrough arrived in 2005 with the hits “Not Going Down” and the self produced “Step Out”, the title track of his critically acclaimed 2006 debut released on Greensleeves Records. “Step Out” also featured a cadre of guest artists including Bounty Killer who mentored the early stages of Busy’s career and provided the aspiring deejay with his first opportunity to perform before a Jamaican audience as part of the Killer led artists’ consortium called The Alliance.
With the release of “Loaded” in September 2008 for VP Records, characterized by its authentic street savvy and mesmerizing vocal stream, Busy’s music was now regarded as the gold standard for a new generation of dancehall artists. “Loaded” included such mega hits as the risqué “Tic Toc” (which ranked at number 70 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Singles of 2008) and “Jail”.
Busy’s album “D.O.B.” released in July 2010 on VP, incorporated various styles including the Latin flavored “Picante”, an acoustic unity plea “Let Peace Reign” and the tough edged commentary “Summn’ A Guh Gwaan” featuring Bounty Killer. Also included the hits “Sweet Love (Night Shift)” and “One More Night”.
In 2011, he covered of Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” for the genre-bending compilation ‘Reggae’s Gone Country’.
In April 2012, he released the new album ‘Reggae Music Again’.
[Source: VP Records]
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