The Wailing Souls
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THE WAILING SOULS

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The Wailing Souls are part of the small surviving group of roots Reggae originators still musically active today. This legendary group dates back to the late 1960's. On their live shows, the Wailing Souls hit songs keep coming one after another. These are songs we are all familiar with, that are relevant today and in the years to come. “It is the act of affection that puts my love into motion.” In 2009 they did the Raggamuffin Festival in Long Beach, CA, the Houston International Festival, The Bonnaroo festival, the California World Festival, the Sonoma County Fair and the Midwest Reggae Festival amongst other shows.

Touring alongside the Wailing Souls is the integrity roots artist, Prezident Brown. In July 2009, in support of his new release, Common Prosperity, Prezident Brown performed at the Reggae Rising festival in Piercy, California, the Eugene Celebration in Eugene, Oregon and the Monterey Bay Reggaefest in Monterey, California within a western U.S. tour. Prezident Brown is a substantial artist with a beneficial message, who is well loved and respected by the people. He is consistently a hard working artist, who keeps performing live and putting out new CD’s to bring truth and light to the masses. He has a more subtle, understanding character than most of the other current reggae artists in this time.

Fusing the harmonies of Motown with reggae, the Wailing Souls persist as one of the most powerful forces in Jamaican Gold - reggae music. In the 70's, The Wailing Souls attracted interest from the preeminent Reggae Producer Coxsone Dodd, and together they began a fruitful recording career. Four decades later, the group has amassed three Grammy nominations, has been critically lauded for albums released by Island, Tuff Gong and CBS Records, and has gained a widespread international following.

The Wailing Souls saw large success in the early 90's featuring songs on soundtracks including the certified gold album for Disney's film Cool Runnings. Their 1992 album All Over The World also achieved a great deal of success for the group, selling over 800,000 copies. They have now released 27 classic albums.

BIOGRAPHY: WAILING SOULS

The Wailing Souls have been producing great music since the 60's. Originally the Renegades, Lloyd "Bread" McDonald and Winston "Pipe" Matthews recorded backing vocals for Ernest Ranglin. Shortly after this they began making big tunes for Sir Coxsone Dodd of Studio One. Some of these recordings are regarded as some of their their best work. A big break in the early 80's brought "Pipe and the Pipers" to Tuff Gong, Bob Marley’s label. Solidifying their own style, raw vocals and fat harmonies, combined with a gifted ability to put words to music, The Wailing Souls were able to make music that touched the masses.

Over the years, The Wailing Souls teamed with a few different artists, George Buddy Haye an original Renegade, Osawald Downer and Norman Davis of the "Pipers," Garth Dennis of Black Uhuru and Joe Higgs, but the heart and soul of McDonald and Matthews never wavered and continually pushed forward the righteous path of the Wailing Souls.

The late 70's brought the Wailing Souls to Channel One, where they re-recorded one of their biggest hits "Things and Times". A short while later they formed their own label - Massive. The 80's brought Bread and Pipe to the Taxi label, recording two hit albums for Sly & Robbie. Immediately they dropped "Fire House Rock" for producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes, which turned out to be one of their most popular records. Greensleeves joined the party, releasing multiple albums for the Wailing Souls during this same period. In the 90's, Bread and Pipe signed with Sony, and garnered international acclaim with 1992's "All Over the World" and 1994's "Live On." The Wailing Souls now stand tall as one of the greatest reggae acts in the world.