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Stuart Wilson Realising His Reggae Dream

Published:Saturday | June 11, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Stuart Wilson

There is a buzz around and eager anticipation in the camp of Cayman Islands reggae singer/songwriter/guitarist, Stuart Wilson, as he continues his trek towards becoming a world-renowned reggae act.

Earlier this year, Wilson created waves in Jamaica with his spunky reggae single, Feel For You, produced by iconic producer Clive Hunt, following up on their 2014 collaboration, Real Come Back Story. The promising signs in the artiste's career, comes three years after walking away from a job in journalism in the Cayman Islands, being the holder of a degree in journalism and broadcasting.

With a sound that has been described as "featuring hints of jazz, sprinkled over rhythm and blues" Wilson has spread his brand of reggae beyond the shores of reggae's home land of Jamaica.

After a satisfying set at Reggae Sumfest 2014, Wilson spent three months touring Thailand, performing on 72 shows, later, spending months in London, England. He also performed at the Pan American Games in Canada and a series of shows at Hard Rock Cafe in the Cayman Islands, before eventually returning to Jamaica in October last year.


Studio time


Back in the land of his father, (his mother is from the Cayman Islands), Wilson went into the studio with Hunt and emerged with, Feel For You.

"My music is not a revival, but a renaissance," Wilson said in a release.

"I take real pride in being entirely independent and owning my own publishing company and record label, Love Culture Entertainment Label, established in 2009."

This was necessary as he sought to bring his music to the world, as such a formal structure not in place in the Cayman Islands, he indicated.

Over the past few years, Wilson has opened for reggae acts performing in the Cayman Islands, including Damian Marley, Beres Hammond, Sean Paul, Morgan Heritage and Third World, in addition to American acts such as John Legend, Roberta Flack and Michael Bolton.

He has been steadily recording tracks for a future album, working with industry stalwarts to include reggae's Sly and Robbie and Dean Fraser, and Grammy-winner Jason Gilbert, known for Eminem's Recovery, and Rorey Baker (Next Room Productions) out of London. Wilson still finds time to host a morning show on Irie FM 98.9 in the Cayman Islands.