from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
Yogie - born Courtney John Morrison, 8 September 1970, Annotto Bay, Jamaica - emerged in the early nineties and had his first single, the Clive Hunt produced "For Granted", released in 1993. He followed this with a series of hits working with a number of top producers in Jamaica including, Donovan Germain, Buju Banton, Colin "Bulby" York, Richard "Bello" Bell and Beres Hammond's Harmony House production team. Yogie comes from a musical family; his uncles include Winston and Beres Hammond. Yogie was educated in both Jamaica and Canada, earning a degree in business studies from Toronto's Humber College. On his return to Jamaica he pursued his initial aspirations and embarked on a musical career. Regarded primarily as a vocalist Yogie is additionally an accomplished songwriter penning "Can't Stop A Man From Crying", for his uncle Beres. Other notable artists to have benefited from his songwriting include Marcia Griffiths and Joseph Hill. In 1999, Yogie's songwriting career was further elevated when he was commissioned to write for Lauryn Hill. He also set up his own "Fiwi Music" label and produced Nelly Furtado's big hit "Turn Off The Lights".|
Although Yogie made his recording debut in 1993 it did last until the year 2000 before his first full length album entitled "Miracles" was unleashed. It was worthwhile waiting as we're treated to a captivating, well produced 14 track set that fully displays Yogie's smooth soulful voice and songwriting skills. It can't be denied that his vocal delivery at times is reminiscent of a young Beres Hammond, but for the most part he definitely maintains his own style. Backed by the likes of Sly & Robbie, Dwight Pinkney, Robbie Lyn, Stephen "Lenky" Marsden, Dean Fraser, Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis, Computer Paul, Ian "Beezy" Coleman, to name a few, Yogie comes up with twelve original tunes and two covers. Although most of the tracks featured here are lovers rock there's also an occasional conscious piece like for example the uptempo "Moving Up" and the outstanding combination with his cousin Lenn Hammond, "What You Gonna Do". On "Miracles" one finds solid to excellent tunes such as "I Go Crazy", the title track "Miracles", "That Was Then", "Brighter Days", "Without You", "As It Is" and "Never Give Up", the latter across the resuscitated "Uptown Top Ranking" riddim. Only the straightforward acoustic guitar rendition of Extreme's pop hit ballad "More Than Words" disappoints as it is a rather weak cut.
Although "Miracles" has been released some two years ago, this cd is still worth checking out!