Music that transcends generations and stands the test of time, that is Tarrus Riley’s on-going legacy. Embedded in his DNA via his late father, veteran reggae singer Jimmy Riley’s musical gift, the generational singer has broken barriers to give the world a soundtrack to their lives.
Armed with prolific lyrics, a powerful distinctive voice and the dexterity to pen meaningful words, Tarrus Riley has found a way to bring music notes to life. From social commentary, to feel good music, inspirational tracks and love compositions, the multi-award crooner’s impressive discography runs the gamut of life. Having honed his craft since his teenage years, Tarrus kinship to music has seen him work alongside an eclectic array of artists and producers such as renowned saxophonist Dean Fraser, Major Lazer, Big Youth, Konshens , Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding among others.
From topping the Billboard Reggae Charts to making his way onto Billboard Hot 100 chart, Tarrus Riley has kept on delivering beautiful crafted music. Alongside his 2004 debut album “Challenges”, 2006 album “Parables”, 2009 hit filled “Contagious” album, 2012 acoustic album “Mecoustic”, critically acclaimed 2014 “Love Situation” and worldwide top charting B.L.E.M project (Blending Life’s Experiences Musically), the reggae star has duly cemented his name in the reggae landscape.
“My music isn’t prejudiced towards colour, class, creed or nationality,” Tarrus Riley
Riley has consistently racked up awards for his work. Among his accolades are Best Singer, Male Vocalist, Cultural Artiste, Song of the Year, and Best Song.
2007 – Jamaica Observer Artiste of the Year 2008 – Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards – Cultural Artiste of the Year (nominated), Male Vocalist of Year Award, Song of The Year (“She’s Royal”) 2008 – Reggae Academy Awards – Best Reggae Song, Most Popular Song (both for “She’s Royal”), Best Solo Male Vocal Performance, Breakthrough Reggae Artiste 2009 – Caribbean-American Heritage Awards – Reggae Runnins Caribbean Heritage Award2009 – MOBO Awards – Best Reggae (nominated) 2009 – Soul Train Music Awards – Best Reggae Artist (nominated)2011 – (EME- Excellence in Music and Entertainment (Jamaica)- Cultural Artiste of the Year and Vocalist of the Year (Male) 2011 – Youth View Awards (YVA’s) – Cultural Artiste of the Year 2011 – UNIA Marcus Garvey Award – For Contribution of Music 2014 – MOBO Awards – Best Reggae Act (nominated)