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Luciano

Luciano performing in 2007
Background information
Birth name Jepther McClymont
Born October 20, 1964 (1964-10-20) (age 45)
Origin Manchester, Jamaica
Genres Reggae
Occupations Singer-songwriter, author, poet, artist
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1993 – Present
Labels RAS Records, Royal Concert Productions
Website www.lucianoreggae.com

Luciano (real name Jepther McClymont OD, born October 20, 1964 in Jamaica) is a Jamaican roots reggae artist.

He first began recording in 1992, with his debut single "Ebony & Ivory" on the Aquarius Record label and followed with his debut album 'Moving Up' for RAS records in 1993. Luciano is the seventh of nine children and was born to extremely spiritual and musical parents while growing up in Daveyton, a small district in the central parish of Manchester, Jamaica.

His birthdate has been more listed as 1974 and sometimes in the month of November rather than October.[1][2] Some sources say he was born in 1964.[3][4]

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Career

Luciano's music is influenced by Stevie Wonder, Frankie Paul and late reggae singer Dennis Brown. It was later on that he changed his stage name to Luciano while often being referred to as "Jah Messenjah" and also at around that time collaborating with Fattis Burell's Xterminator label where he developed his conscious roots aspect. After recording several LPs for Burell he recorded a set for Island records before starting an independent career recording. Luciano's most recent work to date is his album 'Jah Words' (released worldwide April 26 2005 on the RAS records label) which features such singles as the romantic 'Angel Heart' and the political 'Cry for Justice', the album also features his heavenly single with a distinctable thumping dancehall beat named 'Why Should I' with backup vocals by Shelene Thomas, Luciano even recorded a video for 'Why Should I' not widely known commercially but notably a dancehall classic like many.

After voicing several covers for the Producer Sky High, Luciano released "Give My Love A Try," which was produced at Castro Brown's New Name Studio and was a hit in Jamaica. It was there that Luciano met Freddie McGregor the former Studio One child star who had become an International Reggae Superstar. Joining McGregor's Big Ship production company, Luciano began creating cultural, conscious reggae that reflected his religious and social concerns. Again in 1993, Luciano scored a #1 UK reggae hit with the song "Shake It Up Tonight" but Luciano says, "I didn't see myself going in that pattern, singing love songs, dressed in a felt hat, looking smooth. It looked very splashy".

Luciano is an award-winning artist and although his object is to stay humble, he has received numerous awards including 'Most Spiritual and Educative Singer' and Mandela's 'Most Cultural Artist'. He even received a plaque from the Jamaican government to encourage him in the work he is doing.

Doing good works are not confined to just music for Luciano, as he is a firm believer that he should be a positive role model. He says "I've never stooped low and I'm not gonna bow to Babylon and no matter how much me angry bout certain tings, me nah come pon stage and express myself inna no negativeness". As a messenger, Luciano always strives to be true and righteous as he delivers the word of Jah. He says, "I cannot become egotistical about it".

He was awarded the Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer on October 15, 2007, in recognition of his contribution to reggae music.[5]

In July 2009, Luciano payed his respects to fellow musician Michael Jackson by releasing a Reggae tribute of Jackson's iconic song, "We are the World" on LionI Records. The original song was recorded by many famous musicians and actors of the 1980's and raised money through the USA for Africa charity for hunger and AIDS relief.

Legal Difficulty

Associated Press USA - 03/30/2009 10:34:41 PM

Jamaican police say they have charged reggae singer Luciano with harboring a fugitive who shot and wounded three patrolmen while holed up inside the Grammy-nominated musician's home last week.

Police Superintendent McArthur Sutherland said the 44-year-old Rastafarian was charged Monday and released after posting bail.

Luciano, whose real name is Jepther McClymont, and his attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

A police statement said the hourlong standoff last week ended with the fugitive gunman, Andrew Senior, being killed at Luciano's home in Kingston. Two of the injured officers still are hospitalized. The other officer was released.

Albums

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Solo

With Other Artists

  • K-Salaam The World Is Ours on the track If Love Conquers All
  • Gentleman Journey to Jah on the track Younger Generation
  • PUSHIM Sing A Song...Lighter!' on the track As One
  • Obie Trice Bottom's Up' on the track Bunch Of Blessings

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