Legendary artiste and file producer Freddie McGregor has signed a around the globe publishing offer with Warner Chappell Music, the audio publishing arm of Warner Music Group. The deal handles the complete catalogue of the groundbreaking reggae musician and entrepreneur whose job spans almost six decades, with additional than 40 albums to his title.
McGregor is excited to be doing the job with the group. “With a new album in the will work and the reside scene coming out of hibernation, it seems like the suitable time to commence producing a new chapter in my occupation. I want to link with other writers and producers from close to the globe to keep inspiring me to make songs that moves men and women,” he reported.
Co-Chair and CEO of Warner Chappell Audio, Man Moot, mentioned, “Freddie is known as the ‘Captain of the Huge Ship’ and with excellent explanation. He’s been a pioneer in reggae for many years, producing music that have moved followers about the globe, and is nicely acknowledged for remaining generous with his time and endeavours for younger up-and-coming artistes. We’re delighted that he’s signed with us, and can not hold out to get to operate on his remarkable catalogue and new tunes.”
Born in Hayes, Clarendon, in 1956, McGregor to start with found fame at just seven several years outdated, when he went to Studio One with Fitzroy ‘Ernest’ Wilson and Peter Austin, founding associates of The Clarendonians. Dubbed ‘Little Freddie’, McGregor had to stand on a beer crate to arrive at the microphone, and received hearts executing alongside the older Austin and Wilson. Wilson took younger Freddie below his wing and they recorded quite a few tunes at Studio 1 underneath the title, Fitzy and Freddie.
McGregor transformed to Rastafari in 1975 and his tunes took on a solid socially acutely aware tone, with tunes this kind of as Bobby Babylon, I Am A Rasta and Mark of the Beast. He was a key portion of Studio One’s resurgence in the 1970s and ‘80s, with iconic hits this kind of as Significant Ship, I Was Born A Winner, Just Really don’t Want To Be Lonely and Push Arrives To Shove.
In 1983, McGregor established his own indie label, Huge Ship, and made numerous artistes, which include Lieutenant Stitchie, Luciano, Mikey Spice, Papa San and Tiger. In the exact 12 months, he released the critically acclaimed album, Come On More than, by means of RAS Information in the US.
The captain of the Massive Ship ongoing recording into the 21st century, which includes the albums Signature (2000), Anything for You (2002), which gained a Grammy nomination and Di Captain (2012).
Now doing work on a new album, he has just lately released the single Really don’t Notify Me No, in collaboration with Colombian reggae-fusion rock band Locos Por Juana, and Jah Is On My Mind, manufactured by Uk-dependent Stingray Records.
McGregor has also develop into a widely respected elder statesman in the reggae new music neighborhood, offering again as a result of cars these kinds of as the Huge Ship Audio Fest, which supports emerging talent, and serving as the chairman of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association. He was recognised with the Get of Distinction in 2003 for his contribution to new music and has acquired a great number of other awards. He has played a major part in striving to revive the are living music marketplace in Jamaica adhering to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.