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Tarrus Riley

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One of the most promising of the second generation of Jamaica roots reggae singers, Tarrus Riley is the son of Jimmy Riley, who has had a long career as a solo artist as well as being a former member of the Uniques and the Techniques. Like his father, Riley has a sweet, nuanced tenor vocal style, although his first connection with the Jamaican music scene was as a DJ (under the name Taurus). Riley taught himself to play keyboards and several percussion instruments and began writing his own songs, many of which had strong Rastafarian and consciousness-leaning themes. His first album, Challenges, was produced by the great Jamaican saxophonist Dean Fraser and released on Yaman Records. It yielded a couple of big reggae chart hits, including the song "Larger Than Life." Fraser also produced 14 of the 15 tracks (the other was produced by Chris Chin) on Riley's sophomore effort, Parables, which appeared in 2006 from VP Records and featured the legendary rhythm section of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. It, too, generated a big single in "She's Royal." Riley has done several concert appearances with his father, who is, along with Tarrus' mother, Lavern Tatham, very active in mentoring and supporting his son's career. Riley's songs retain ties to the Jamaican roots tradition while still managing to sound distinctly contemporary. In addition, his strong stage presence gives him crossover appeal and marks him as a coming force on the international reggae scene. ~ Steve Leggett
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Albums by
Tarrus Riley

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    Don't Come Back - Single

    15 songs

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    Parables

    4 songs

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    Good Thing Going

    10 songs

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    Reggae Masterpiece, Vol. 10

    18 songs

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    Contagious

    14 songs

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    Challenges

    2 songs

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    Tun Up The Music

    1 song

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    Ribbon in the Sky

    1 song

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    Money Cry - Single

    1 song

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    Feeling Free - Single

    1 song

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    To the Limit - Single

    1 song

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    Gimme Likkle One Drop - Single

    1 song

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    Cold Girl

    1 song

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    Nah Mek You Mad Me

    1 song

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    Dream Woman

    1 song

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    We Run It (Jamaica)

    1 song

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    Never Leave I

    2 songs

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    My Mother

    2 songs

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    She's Royal

    15 songs

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    Mecoustic

    1 song

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    Read Between the Lines

    1 song

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    Pull up Selector

    1 song

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    Soul Grabber

    17 songs

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    Love Situation

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Top Songs by
Tarrus Riley

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  2.   She's Royal
  3.   Superman
  4.   Stay With You
  5.   Never Leave I
  6.   System Set (Willie Lynch Syndrome)
  7.   Love Created I
  8.   Human Nature
  9.   Start a New
  10.   Love's Contagious
  11.   Herbs Promotion
  12.   Herbs (Sensimena)
  13.   Gimme Likkle One Drop
  14.   Don't Give Up
  15.   Front Door
  16.   Getty Getty No Wantee
  17.   Why So Much Wickedness?
  18.   Eye Sight
  19.   Good Thing Going
  20.   Parables
  21.   Hurt Me
  22.   Karma
  23.   The Chair
  24.   It Will Come (A Musicians Life Story)
  25.   The Other Half
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Tarrus Riley

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    Jimmy Cliff: I Am The DJ


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