Ambassador Junior Lion
Ambassador Junior Lion is being described as the second-coming of Nasio Fontaine... the energy... the purity... the mastery of the rhythm and rhyme with the consciousness of Bob Marley. Ambassador Junior Lion is no copycat. This is the original Soualigan Son with a message for the world.
Ambassador was born Elliot McCarrel Laurence on February 19,1980 on French St.Martin. It was almost guaranteed he would follow the legacy started by his mother Veronica Francis, a singer and songwriter. His older brother Pompette Lion a chanter and dancer whose icons were Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Big Youth and others gave Junior Lion the early inspiration and love for Reggae music. Added to that legacy are his sisters Lydia and Shantell Laurence, both international Zouk singers. He begun singing at the age of five in his church choir and by 13 he was writing his own songs. Junior Lion's first group was Massive Crew, which he formed with friend Shabba Love and they performed at local high schools and colleges. His versatility was apparent early on. Junior Lion's ability to rap, chat and sing in different languages gave him the moniker "BET" Best Entertainer of Times"
In 1998, he chose the Rastafari way of life and formed his own group called Jah Nation with brethrens such as Jahlando, Miagui, Jungle and Ras Rudy a.k.a. DJ Clue, while still working with the Massive crew. By 1999 he was opening for French International Reggae Artist Seal, and in the years to come he added performances with Junior Kelly, Capleton and Beenie Man to his credentials. In February 2003 Junior Lion went to Jamaica on what he thought was a short trip to make music contacts. This turned into a two-year project to write, produce, and record his first album "The Journey... No Mater What". While in Jamaica he worked with legendary producers such as John Meatley, Cash Flow Records, JT Productions, Black Scorpio, Cooly Budd and JB Senior from Big Yard. Performances followed around at Reggae Jam fest 2005 in Bermuda and in 2006 Junior Lion opened for Beres Hammond back in his homeland St.Maarten/St.Martin.
He established his own record label "Starliner Records" which released "The Journey" on St.Maarten/St.Martin in February 2006 at Axum Art Cafe in Philipsburg. He followed this CD launch with a performance with Richie Spice and Kiprich at the French St.Martin Carnival. One of the highlights of the year, was when Junior lion won two awards at the St-Martin Music Awards: "Reggae Artist of the Year" and " Recording Artist of the Year. A well-deserved recognition for Junior Lion and his hard-working Starliner Records/House of Ancient Family. Since then Junior Lion has been touring in the Caribbean, USA, and Europe. He has been working on two new albums that are scheduled to be released in 2007, "Black Roses" and "Rasta City".
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