My name is Delyno Brown also known as Pressure. I was born on St. St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on the Fifth day of August 1981.
Ever since the tender age of five years, I became aware of my mystical talent in music and with the help of my parents I nurtured it. At nine years, I was old enough to join the Lockhart Elementary School band and I started by playing the trumpet. Two years later, I joined the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra, where I learned how to play the lead tenor pan. Eventually, I became more musically inclined to listing and playing other types of music and instruments. I was introduced to the drums and I was good at beating them. It felt great to hear and feel the beats/bass/rhythm vibrating through my body; I did not want to play any other instrument. However, I always thought more of myself. I had a vision of performing in front of thousand and thousand of people, whether beating on drums blowing the trumpet or playing the steel pan. I never knew that the Most High had a greater vision (iration) in store for me. By the time I enroll into Charlotte Amalie High School, I was playing for the concert band, jazz band, marching band, and the school steel band. Various types of music surrounded my every daily life. My mind was made up- I would major in Music Engineering and become a top class producer.
Later Reggae music enthused me. I listened to artist such as Shaba Ranks Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Capleton, Buju Banton, Anthony B. Sizzla, and many more. I would purchase their compact disc (CD), memorize their songs from beginning to end and try to sign exactly like they did, I received so many compliments from my classmates, expressing to me how well I sound and advising me to write my own lyrics. I was really into black consciousness. I was searching my inner self, seeking for my African roots and purpose in creation. My main concern in school was music, thus, academically my grades were poor. As a result, my mother sent me to the mainland (America) to live with my uncle and complete my high school education. In an effort to get me to stay focus on my academics, my uncle banned me from all the musical activities I took part in. It was only then that I stayed more to myself and began reading books about Rastafari and reading scriptures from the Bible. I was now listening to conscience reggae artists such as Capleton, Anthony B. and Sizzla who were a big strength to me in the levity of Rastafari. Thereafter, I began to write my own lyrics. In school (USA) I became well known for chanting reggae music. I sang in various talent shows around Lowed County in Valdosta, Georgia and performed for Amateur Night at the Apollo in New York in January 1999. It was all coming together and this was just the beginning of the vision I had for myself this is what I really wanted to do. I know that spreading a positive message through reggae music was the Most High's Jah greater vision for me. Already, I had recorded two singles, namely, "I See Rastafari" and "Ghetto Youth."
All my friends were in love with the song. Everybody was talking about them, but they were never publicly broadcasted. I used theses demos to constructively criticize myself. Subsequently, I linked with Black Juice Records where I was introduced to six other artists who seemed to be on the same path as I was.
We united our efforts and steeped out as the "StarLion Family." We all came from seven different communities with one common goal to spread the message of Ras tafari righteousness through our musical talent. Our first time exposing the StarLion Family, was at Sizzla's premiere to the Virgin Islands in April 2000
We opened the show with the "StarLion Family Anthem." We received a standing ovation from the audience. The very next day we were the talk of town. With out boastfulness, our friends, family supporters, and fist rime listeners told us that our performance was much better than Sizzla's performance. Every local promoter wanted to book a show with StarLion Family. Before long, we were opening shows for the Virgin Islands Star Fest, and artists such as Capleton, Buju Banton, Bunny Wailer, Junior Reid, Junior Kelly. Glen Washington, Sizzla, Sean Paul, Elephant Man, Midnite Band, Merciless, Mega Banton and many more.
"I have kept and will keep the fire burning now and forever more."
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- The Pressure Is On / Tsuni Records (2005)
- Island Buoy / Militant Music (2001)
- From The Heart / Black Juice Records (2002)
- Brighter Days (EP) / Mt. Nebo Records (2003)
- Apostle / Renegade Music (2003)
- Talking Roots Vol I / Bambu Station (2003)
- Geoman / Midnite-I Grade (2005)
- Let Live / Midnite I Grade (2005)
- Island Heat / Lava House (2005)
- Talking Roots Vol Ii / Bambu Station (2005)
- Merciless - Club Amnesia, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (February 16, 2002)
- Capleton - Emile Griffith Ball Park, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (March 9, 2002)
- Buju Banton - Lionel Roberts Stadium, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (June 21, 2002)
- Eve - Emile Griffith Ball Pall, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (April 23, 2002)
- Sizzla - Atlanta, Georgia (July 27, 2003)
- Barrington Levy - Reichhold Center for the Arts, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (2003)
- Glenn Washington - Lionel Roberts Stadium, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (October 2003)
- Macka Diamond - Palms Court Harbor View, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (April 7, 2005)
- Macka Diamond - Club Passion, St. Croix Virgin Islands (April 8, 2005)
- Elephant Man - Tallahassee, Florida (April 24, 2005)
Photo & text courtesy of Tsuni Records.
- Paul M. Pearson Garden 50th Anniversary Celebration P.M.P. Housing Community, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (October 8, 2004)
- Virgin Islands Music Award, St. Croix, Virgin Islands (November, 2004)
- Boudreaux Agricultural Fair, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (January 22-23, 2005)
- Tribute to Bob Marley 60th Anniversary - Bethlehem Sugar Factory, St. Croix, Virgin Islands (February 5, 2005)
- Sierra Nevada World Music Festival - Angels Camp, California (June18 -19 2005)
- American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (June 25, 2005)