"SLEDGE" (COURTNEY WHYTE)
The slender 6-3 plus “Sledge” sits tall in the vocal saddle as the “Reggae Ranger” who can turn his native Jamaican accent or his flawless diction on and off like a spigot. Born in the Rae Town and growing up in the Grants Pen sections of Kingston’s corporate area, Sledge began singing in church and school at the age of five.
“I was a talented child who used to sing on the tables at school. Music is what I love…it gives me the opportunity to express myself and show love to the people. My music is for the healing of people all over the world. I want to use it to unite everyone and help make the world a better place.”
His first big stage appearance was on the renowned Tastee Talent Trail. He entered the contest in 1992, but lost his nerve and ran off-stage.
“But after that I was the lead in the group Power Play; we opened for a lot of the Tastee Talent Trail shows, which always had large crowds.”
After leaving Power Play, Sledge headed several groups such as Cosmic Crew and emceed numerous events before going solo. Opening now for reggae giants like Beres Hammond, Freddie McGregor, Beenie Man, Third World and Tarrus Riley, and a budding songwriter in his own right, his recently released debut album, “After The Storm,” has received critical acclaim all over the U.S. and Great Britain and heavy download action on iTunes.
Sledge now calls Hartford, CT, home, but we think Nashville fans will love Sledge’s smooth “covers” of “Take Me There,” penned by Kenny Chesney, W. L. Mobley and J.N. Thrasher, Jr. for Rascal Flatts and his unique version of “Find Out Who Your Friends Are,” penned by C.M. Beathard and E.M. Hill for Tim McGraw. We think they’ll also appreciate the plain folks wisdom from “yard” in the Jamaican patois in its natural companion song ‘No Better Than I” a fusion of folksy pop and reggae denouncing any entitlement via wealth or youth, and demanding human dignity for rich and poor, penned by R. Meltzer and S. Sarbocca.