Earl 16, born John Earl Daley in Kingston Jamaica in 1958, is a bonafide reggae legend who started out as the lead vocalist for the group The Flaming Phonics, playing live around Jamaica. As a teenager, Earl Daley dropped out of school to pursue his music career, which prompted his mother to throw him out of the family home. Needing to make some money, the group tried out for producer Duke Reid, but left before finishing their recording for him due to his habit of firing live gunshots in the studio…
Throughout the seventies and eighties, Daley has worked with names such as Herman Chin Loy, Boris Gardiner, Derrick Harriott and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – recording albums with the likes of Mikey Dread and Roy Cousins.
In the 1990s he made guest appearances on tracks by Leftfield, and he has been one of the two vocalists for the UK electronica/reggae band Dreadzone since 1995. He signed to WEA for his major label debut album, 1997’s Steppin‘ Out, which was nominated for a MOBO award. Earl has continued touring and working with Dreadzone, as well as joining Leftfield on tours.
Recently, Earl has been working with producers in the UK and Europe, as well as doing shows all over the world as a Reggae Ambassador. We couldn’t be more honoured to be welcoming this Reggae legend to the fields of Shambala.
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