Reggae

Positive’s Gospel Reggae Album Debuts in Billboard Top 10

Stand And Be Counted debuts at #9 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.
Stand And Be Counted debuts at #9 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

New York, NY – Gospel reggae star Joel “Positive” Murray debuts on Billboard with his new hit album Stand And Be Counted, which is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released on May 5, 2015), from FOX FUSE. The album debuted at #9 on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart (dated week of May 23, 2015), marking the first Billboard appearance for this inspirational artist, for his third full-length studio effort.

Hailing from the twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Positive garners international spotlight for the niche Gospel reggae genre and reinforces his reign at its forefront. Embodying a triple threat – an extraordinary singer, prolific songwriter and genre-bending producer – Stand And Be Counted showcases his seasoned vocals, lyrics and production skills as his divine talents shine on its 15 glorious tracks.

“It is absolutely remarkable to be charting on Billboard and I’m ecstatic because of what this means for Gospel reggae and for the music of Trinidad and Tobago on a whole,” states Positive. “It isn’t just for me but also for everyone who supports the Gospel and good music – we are in the top 10 of Billboard’s Reggae Albums chart. The entire globe is listening so we will keep sending inspiring messages as we seek to make a positive difference in the world. This is a call to Stand And Be Counted!”

The album also debuted at #1 on the iTunes Trinidad and Tobago national Top Albums chart and peaked at #21 on the iTunes U.S. Reggae Top Albums chart. It is currently featured on the iTunes U.S. Reggae section, receiving a top banner on the Reggae page since its release on May 5.

Putting a positive spin on reggae music, fused with contemporary Gospel, soca, dancehall and Afrobeat, Positive has earned acclaim from music critics and fans alike, ever since hitting the music scene eight years ago. He was the most-nominated artist (13 nominations) and top honoree (eight wins) at the 2014 Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards (held in Nassau, Bahamas in July 2014), where he received the top awards including Song Of The Year for “Blessing After Blessing” and Album Of The Year for Forever My King, released in December 2012 from FOX FUSE.

Stand And Be Counted sees collaborations with American Gospel star Jonathan McReynolds on its lead track “All Over The World,” which is co-produced by pop-reggae heavyweight producer Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-Quee, and American Christian pop singer V. Rose on “Scars.” It also boasts production from stellar names in pop, Gospel, reggae and soca music, including aforementioned Grammy-winning Supa Dups and Grammy-nominated producer Jason “J-Vibe” Farmer, soca heavy-hitter Precision Productions along with JLab Pro and Deer Panteth Productions from Trinidad, and Barbwiya Music of Jamaica, all joining forces with Positive, who produced the majority of the album for his own imprint Bricksvale Records.

With such positive reception of his album internationally, Positive is definitely being counted, by fans and now industry alike. For further information on Positive, log on to PositiveTNT.com, and follow his musical mission at Facebook.com/PositiveTNT, Twitter.com/PositiveTNT and Instagram.com/PositiveTNT. Please direct all press inquiries to the FOX FUSE Publicity Department at 1-212-300-3813 or contact@foxfuse.com.

TRACK LIST

1. Intro
2. Stand And Be Counted
3. Two Man Army
4. Notice Of Eviction
5. Identify
6. Encounter
7. Scars Featuring V. Rose
8. Mighty Healer
9. Blessing After Blessing
10. All Over The World Featuring Jonathan McReynolds
11. Lift The Praises
12. All of My Heart
13. Rise Again Featuring DJ Nicholas
14. Man On Fire
15. Mountain Mover

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Machel scoops 3 @ Int’l Reggae and World Music Awards

Story by Coral King, Photos by Roland Hyde

Machel humbly accepts the Bob Marley award at The 2010 International Reggae and World Music Award. (Roland Hyde photo)

QUEENS, New York – Glitz and Glam was in full effect at the 29th International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA).  Julian Marley, Machel Montano, Tarrus Riley, Gramps Morgan, Peetah Morgan, Queen Ifrika, The Mighty Sparrow, Calypso Rose, Barbee, Awilo Longmomba, and other entertainers, all stopped to talk to the media intermittently as they walked a very long red carpet after exiting their limos to enter York College Performing Arts Center.   

Noticeably missing was King of Dancehall, Beenie Man, who has consistently been a part of the awards show in previous years. Both his US work permit and his visitor’s visa were revoked by the United States Embassy, apparently, due to the rift which has formed between the US and Jamaica. He is among five dancehall artists who have had their visas annulled. 

The Award show was hosted by the very spontaneous Tony Rebel, Queen of Soca, Allison Hinds, and Saran Dunmore.  Trinidadian actress/comedian, Hazelle Goodman hosted the VIP reception. Ephraim Martin, Founder and Chairman of IRAWMA said, “My mission of this award ceremony is to acknowledge and honor the accomplishments and contributions of reggae and world music artists, including songwriters, performers, promoters and musicians …I dedicate the 29th IRAWMA to Haiti and Health Awareness.”  

Machel Montano is undeniably having one of the biggest years of his career.  He walked away with three awards, including the Bob Marley Entertainer of the Year Award. This puts him in league with top reggae winners Gramps Morgan with three and Queen Ifrika with four awards.  With his usually energetic self he brought the crowd to their feet as they sang and danced along with him. He was also the exclusive soca act at this year’s ‘Best of the Best’ concert, hosted by P Diddy on Memorial Day weekend in Miami. 

Tony Rebel’s comedic talent keeps his co-host, Allison Hinds, laughing throughout the evening. (Roland Hyde Photo)

Poet Mutabaruka used his lyrical vibrato as only Muta can and Brigadier Jerry combined past and present hits in one thrilling performance in which he pleaded with everyone singing ‘Don’t Let Them Tell You to Turn Away From Jah.’ Alison Hinds, Queen Ifrica, Barbee and Winsome Benjamin commanded the stage with feminine swagger and grace. IRAWMA Musical Director Dean Fraser and Gramps Morgan, who recently performed in Trinidad, dedicated a song to Buju Banton.

Sparrow breaks out into an extempo after being interviewed on the red carpet by Coral of Zync TV. They are joined by Darlene Cameron of Yawd Talk. (Roland Hyde Photo)