November 8, 2004

Track list
  1. Intro
  2. Greetings
  3. Good Over Evil
  4. Let Me Give You Love
  5. Jah Is My Strength
  6. Judge
  7. Silhouette
  8. Ruben
  9. Come Gimme
  10. You've Lost That Lovin Feelin
  11. Deep Meditation
  12. T.K.O.
  13. Run To Me
  14. Morenita Linda
  15. Thank You Lord
  16. Sash Ri Cal
  17. Love Line
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Like most artists from Jamaica , Steele grew up singing in the church, but when at 14 he left his hometown of Lucea, to attend the Herbert Morrison High School in Montego Bay, he brought with him a natural affinity for the drums, and a decision to make a career in music. After leaving Jamaica in 1989 to move to Toronto, Steele did short stints as lead singer and drummer for US-based band "Deriss", often sharing the stage with performer such as Bare Naked Ladies and Monica, he later joined Toronto's then #1 reggae band, Tatix, in 1997 as their lead singer. Steele went on to conquer the local music scene with his strong and soulful voice, playing with the band alongside eminent reggae artists such as Shabba Ranks, Sanchez and Tiger, and in 1998 the band performed to rave reviews from a crowd of over 20,000 in Africa.

The year 1999 saw the album release "Urgency" which won the award of “Best Reggae Band” in the Canadian Reggae Music Awards 1999. The next year : headline Band for the 10th annual “Tribute to Bob Marley” and his solo debut with the hit single Love Line, which began in Toronto, and was completed at Freddie McGregor’s studio, Big Ship, in Kingston. At the Jamaican Independence Day Celebration in 2001, Steele led and audience of our 10,000 strong with the singing of the National Anthem, Steele said this was a humbling experience for him. He was nominated for four different categories, including “Best New Artist” and “Best Male Vocalist” in the Canadian Reggae Music Awards 2002. In 2003 he was nominated for Best Reggae Male Vocalist, and for Single of the Year (Silhouette).

Steele's music has been described as a mix of tropical Caribbean rhythms and contemporary main stream melodies. On the album he brings some really nice lovers rock tunes. Check out his rendition of Teddy Pendergrass's "Love T.K.O.", here simply called T.K.O. and Let Me Give You Love and you know what we mean... great stuff! On the other hand he is also capable of delivering some exquisite rootical tunes such as Jah Is My Strength, Deep Meditation, Good Over Evil and Thank You Lord. His vocal delivery slightly reminds us of Richie Stephens, but he definitely has a sparkling vibe of his own. He also offers some nice dancehall flavored tunes. Morenita Linda is one of our personal favourites here, just like the instrumental track Sash Ri Call that flows across a catchy Eastern riddim. Don't forget to spin that wicked tune Come Gimme!

Very good debut set... truly worth of hearing!