Hailing from Port Maria, St. Mary, Jamaica, Lenn Hammond stems from a family of balladeers. Inspired largely by his father and uncle Beres, Lenn has been a performer from an early age. At home, he and his brothers would make musical instruments out of cans and anything else they could get their hands on, proceeding to have their own concerts in the backyard providing entertainment for passersby. A multiple award winner, he has come a long way since then.
Photo: Craig Martin / Text: Teresa Castellucci (STE Media™).
Today Lenn Hammond is an eclectic artist with multiple talents. Lenn is a singer, songwriter, producer, musician and composer on the rise.
The video for his newest single, "Not Far From Sunshine" shot and directed by veteran cameraman/director Asha, is bubbling on local Jamaican television including HYPE, RETV, CVM and TVJ. With plans to circulate the single and video abroad, DJs privy to the track have been steadily requesting it across North America and Europe.
Meanwhile, Lenn continues to work diligently, honing his skills and making quality music. He recently collaborated with bad gyal Ce'Cile on a soon to be released single as well as another collaboration with colleagues Anthony Red Rose and Mitch formerly of ARP.
Lenn Hammond is a dynamic and consummate performer. He has shared the stage alongside the "best of the best" in the industry including: Sizzla, Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Wayne Wonder, Barrington Levy, Luciano, Freddie McGregor, Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Capleton, Morgan Heritage, and Turbulence, to name a few. Lenn has also performed with top names in pop music such as Nelly Furtado and Jack Soul's Hayden Neal.
To date, hundreds of thousands across North America and the Caribbean have been LENNDIFIED; captured by his trademark falsetto and unique style.
LENNDIFICATION - a term coined to describe the essence of Lenn Hammond Live. It has been said that Lenn's performances leave an indelible impression.
Unity Sounds' Fyah Startah, in Atlanta Georgia said, "Lenn Hammond - DAMN! He can sing!...ladies went wild for this cat…I know he gained a lot more fans that night…maybe people will stop sleeping on him!" While Canada's black cultural magazine, Ambassador thinks, "Lenn Hammond is an innovative trendsetter whose charisma is evident both on and off stage." When it comes to performing, Lenn's motto is his guidance, "I perform every show like it's my last!"
Throughout his career, Lenn has worked with some of the finest producers and labels in the Industry. Having raised the standard of reggae music in Canada early in his career Lenn Hammond has become a prominent figure in the 'new generation' of lover's rock.
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (C.A.R.A.S.) and the Urban Music Association of Canada (U.M.A.C.) endorsed his self-titled, debut album with a JUNO and a CUMA, respectively - each having awarded it 'Best Reggae Recording'. Meanwhile, The Canadian Reggae Music Awards (C.R.M.A.) has crowned Lenn 'Best Male Vocalist' twice, thus far in his career.
Writing for himself and other aspiring young artists including: Kris Kelli, Rudy, Al-Beeno, Versatile, Brah Yhan, among other well known artists such as dancehall's Mr. Vegas, Courtney John, Lymie Murray, veteran Jimmy Riley, and more, his impressive roster also lists Marcia Griffiths, Sizzla, Mr. Easy, Anthony B, and Determine as artists for whom Lenn has written and/or produced.
From Alaska to Australia, Jamaica to Japan and everywhere else in between, Lenn Hammond's singles are imported on 7" vinyl, CD compilations or downloaded online. Italy's top sound system, One Love High Pawa says, "Lenn Hammond ha sicuramente una bella voce!" Translation: "Lenn Hammond truly has a beautiful voice!" Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, DJs Teacher and Mr. T., said: "Lenn Hammond is poised to become a household name in reggae music."
Continuing on the path of excellence, Lenn Hammond promises to deliver nothing but the best and in the words of one of reggae's greatest performers, Freddie McGregor, "Lenn Hammond mus' bust!"
In his own words, "make good music, the children are listening." - Lenn Hammond