February 1st, 2016, marked the late reggae and lover’s rock icon Dennis Brown’s 59th birthday. During his birthday month, reggae’s leading distributor and label VP Records paid respect to Brown by releasing a tribute cover every Friday for five weeks in a row.
The final track was released this past Friday (March 4) from R&B powerhouse Marsha Ambrosius. Her glorious rendtion of Brown’s “Have You Ever,” premiered exclusively with Essence. Listen now.
All songs are off of We Remember Dennis Brown (out May 6) – a 30-song tribute album of Brown’s timeless hits and deep album cuts performed by today’s top reggae vocalists from around the globe. The project is produced by Jamaican legend Clive Hunt, giving each song an authentic yet contemporary feel.
The first single revealed on Feb 5 was Brown’s “Caress Me,” recreated by Romain Virgo, one of Jamaica’s most powerful singers today. Then, the island’s rising five-piece roots band Raging Fyah delivered a soul-stirring cover of “Milk & Honey” on Feb 12. Caribbean songstress Jah9 unveiled her moving verision of “Bloody City” on Feb 19, followed by Hawaiian reggae band The Green’s rendition of Brown’s classic “Promised Land” on Feb 26.