About Barrington Levy
Barrington Levy is a living legend in reggae circles. His outstanding career as a top-class reggae vocalist began more than two and a half decades ago.Jamaica’s #1 singer of all time, Barrington Levy is a driving force in reggae music and remains the perennial favourite of audiences in Jamaica – and throughout the world.
Always a solid voice and a uniquely expressive song style, Barrington is consistently at the forefront of the music scene, and has become the most requested vocalist in reggae music history.
Called reggae’s ‘Mellow Canary’ by virtue of his strong, pure vocal style, he’s renowned as the first original singer of the dancehall era, inspiring many imitators en-route.Barrington was born in West Kingston, but spent much time as a youth in Clarendon, where he developed his signature riff by experimenting with different vocalizations and bouncing the sounds off the surrounding hills.
In 1975, Barrington recorded his debut track “My Black Girl” with the Mighty Multitude. During these early performances, his singing was often informally recorded and sent to places in England and the U.S.
With a plethora of original material and an outstanding, immediately recognisable voice, Barrington simply could not fail, having hit after hit.
Throughout his professional appearances, Barrington has shared the stage with a veritable who’s-who of the reggae and world music scene: Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Dennis Brown, John Holt, Gregory Isaacs, Freddie McGregor, Maxi Priest, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Lady Saw, Lady G, U2, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Shine, CeCile, Tony Rebel, Garnet Silk, Capleton, Sugar Minott, Coco Tea, Spanner Banner, Little Kirk, Sanchez, Papa San, Mutabaruka… just to name a few.
Barrington continues to record and tour extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and remains Jamaica’s #1 headliner. He’s currently working on his latest (soon to be released) album, It’s About Time, featuring Jamaican hip-hop sensation CeCile, on the hit single “Want You To Know”.