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bob andyCHUCK FENDA, I-WAYNE & THE GUMPTION BAND - AVAILABLE ON TOUR IN NORTH AMERICA - JANUARY/ FEBRUARY 2012

Two of the more crucial hardcore roots reggae artists coming up in the international reggae arena are Chuck Fenda and I-Wayne. Both of these young Jamaican talents are currently in great demand worldwide. Opening for them and backing them is the heavyweight Jamaican band Gumption, with Junior Jazz on guitar and lead vocals, Phonso on drums, Duke on keys and Isaih on bass. Gumption has backed Beres Hammond, Romain Virgo, Judy Mowatt, Horace Andy, Tony Rebel and Queen Ifrica, I-Octane, Gyptian and almost every other top reggae artist.

There is immediately great interest and excitement about this massive January / February North American tour package.

In 2004 I-Wayne got his first number one hit song with his single "Can't Satisfy Her", which was also the first reggae track by a cultural reggae artist to be added to the Hot 97 play-list. This song spent over 22 weeks on the Billboard Hip Hop/R&B Hot 100 Chart.  Shortly thereafter came another big hit song from I-Wayne - “Living in Love”. These songs propelled this young artist to the front of the reggae pack performing on many major festivals all over the world.

I-Wayne’s debut album, Lava Ground that featured these two hit songs was praised for returning to reggae's "essential roots". In 2007 his second album Book of Life was released and this release again propelled him to the top of the Billboard Charts.

I-Wayne is a favorite artist for many of the more roots conscious oriented listeners. His is very smooth listening music with uplifting messages.

Chuck Fenda has proven that he carries the title of “the Poor People Defenda” with songs like “Life Ruff Out Deh”, “I Swear”, “Haffi Win”, “Respect Mama”, “Gash Dem and Light Dem” and “Are You Coming Over Tonight” with Cherine Anderson. Chuck Fenda is currently blazing the airwaves with his hit “Real Man” and his hot new singles “Treat Her Right,”  “Didn’t I tell you“, “Call On Me” with Cherine Anderson and “Warning” with Notice Production.

All together this January / February tour package carries a long lasting high quality show that U.S. reggae enthusiasts will not want to miss.

BIOGRAPHY – I-WAYNE

I-Wayne (Cliffroy Taylor) was born August 1980 in Portmore, Jamaica. As a roots reggae singer, I-Wayne is well known for his hit singles "Living In Love" and "Can't Satisfy Her" from his debut album, Lava Ground.

I-Wayne was raised by his aunt and her husband Ansell Collins, a renowned keyboard player. This young artist has been refining his craft since the tender age of seven. Coming from a musical family, I-Wayne made his first venture into musical performing as a student at Greater Portmore High School, where he joined a local group called Vibes Machine. Vibes Machine, consisting of singers and DJs, used to perform at popular clubs such as Cactus and Asylum. One night, I-Wayne was forced to perform alone due to the fact that his band mates were running late. The response to this solo performance was tremendous, so after that I Wayne was motivated to perfect his solo act and work on his solo career.

In 2004, I Wayne hit number one with his single "Can't satisfy her", which was also the first reggae track by a cultural reggae artist to be added to the Hot 97 play-list. The song spent over 22 weeks on the Billboard Hip Hop/R&B Hot 100 Chart.

In November 2004, I Wayne signed a recording contract with VP Records to release his debut album, Lava Ground. 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". This album featured two hit singles - "Can't Satisfy Her" and "Living in Love".

In November 6, 2007, the release of his second album Book of Life pushed him again to the top of the Billboard Charts in the reggae category, to the number 4 spot.

This roots and culture artist is lyrically and vocally gifted. He has had the big hit songs and now he continues to record and tour and build his career. I-Wayne is well loved and embraced by the reggae listeners of the world.