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I Wayne
Birth name Cliffroy Taylor
Born 13 September 1975 (1975-09-13) (age 34)
Origin Portmore, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, roots reggae
Occupations Singer
Years active 2000-present
Labels VP
Associated acts VP, Gyptian, Buju Banton, Morgan Heritage, Lady Saw, Tanya Stephens, Beenie Man, Capleton, & Jah Cure
Website vprecords.com

I Wayne (born Cliffroy Taylor, 13 September 1975, Portmore, Jamaica), is a roots reggae singer. He is known for his hit singles "Living In Love" and "Can't Satisfy Her" from his debut album, Lava Ground.

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Biography

I Wayne was raised by his aunt and her husband Ansell Collins, a renowned keyboard player.[1] This young artist has been refining his craft since age seven. Coming from a musical family, I Wayne had first made his venture into performance as a student at Greater Portmore High School, joining a local group Vibes Machine.[2] The group, consisting of singers and DJs, used to perform at afterwork parties at popular clubs such as Cactus and Asylum.[2] One night, the artiste was forced to perform alone due to the fact that his bandmates were running late. The response was tremendous, and I Wayne was motivated to perfect his solo act.[3]

In the summer of 2004, Wayne released Can't Satisfy Her, in the new wave of reggae. The track was reportedly the first roots reggae song to be added to the influential Hot 97 playlist.[1]

In November 2004, I Wayne signed a recording contract with VP Records to release his debut album, Lava Ground.[3] Lava Ground was praised for returning to reggae's "essential roots" in contrast to popular reggae artists who induce listeners to "dance and groove to their carefree music".[4]

I Wayne’s first week sales from his sophomore album Book of Life (6 November 2007) walked him straight to the top of the Billboard chart at the #4 spot in the reggae category.[5]

Discography

Young Lions Volume 1 (Chuck Fender, Richie Spice, Jah Cure and I Wayne)

  • Released: 7 June 2005
  • Format: CD & LP
  • Label: Charm, Jet Star
  • Tracks: Fifteen
  • Singles: "Fire Burning Red", "Living in Love", "Rome a Crumble"

Lava Ground (album)

Book of Life (album)

  • Released: 6 November 2007
  • Format: CD (Catalog VP1798.2) & LP (Catalog VP1798.1)
  • Label: VP Records
  • Producer: Patrick Henry; Sherry Williams, Don Corleone, Garfield McKenzie, Paul "JJ" Stephenson, Imran "Fire Peter" Passard, John "FX" Crawford, Richard "Baby Lion Face" Thoma, Richard Mahabeer, Billy Zee Clarke, Cliffroy "I-Wayne" Taylor, Robert Mias, Michael "Mighty Mike" Jones, Dwight Heslop, & Ricardo "Humphry" Tickersgill
  • Chart position: Top Reggae Albums: 4[6]
  • Tracks: Sixteen
  • Singles: "Book of Life", "Need Her in I Arms"

References

  1. ^ a b Meschino, Patricia (2005-05-26). "Lava Man". Miami New Times. http://www.miaminewtimes.com/Issues/2005-05-26/music/music.html. Retrieved 2007-01-04.  
  2. ^ a b Gray,Avery. "I-Wayne". ReggaeTimes. http://www.reggaetimes.com/articles/publish/article_214.shtml. Retrieved 2008-05-30.  
  3. ^ a b "I-Wayne's Biography". The Jamaica Star. http://www.jamaica-star.com/thestar/20050728/ent/ent3.html. Retrieved 2008-05-09.  
  4. ^ Lelinwalla, Mark (2005-08-25). "Sound Bites: Music Reviews". Associated Press Worldstream (Associated Press). http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9054509/. Retrieved 2007-01-04.  
  5. ^ "I-WAYNE'S BRAND NEW ALBUM “BOOK OF LIFE” COASTS TO THE TOP OF THE REGGAE BILLBOARD CHARTS". VP Records. http://www.vprecords.com/index.php?page=artist_news&a_id=51&n_id=40750. Retrieved 2008-06-01.  
  6. ^ a b Billboard Chart History

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