British pop superstar Ed Sheeran, his cousin Jethro Sheeran (a.k.a. rapper/producer Alonestar), Wyclef Jean, Sean Kingston and several marquee names in Jamaican music including Sean Paul, Chronixx and Damian and Stephen Marley are all featured on the new compilation Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica. The 15-track album, digitally released by Contractor Music Group (based in Ocho Rios, Jamaica) and distributed by Atlanta-based Amada Records under the EAE Management Group, dropped on Dec. 22 and debuted here.
Ed Sheeran, featured on two tracks with Alonestar, “Raise 'Em Up” and “Real Life,” has a longstanding familiarity with reggae and Caribbean music, as he explained in a brief statement sent to Billboard through his cousin Jethro. “I’ve always been influenced by Caribbean music. The first set I ever did was a medley of reggae and hip-hop, Jethro wrote the raps and a reggae band from Bristol (England) called Laid Blak had a song called 'My Eyes Are Red,' which I incorporated in the medley.”
Regarding the “Real Life” collaboration with his cousin Ed, Alonestar -- who co-wrote and produced the track -- says, “Recording 'Real Life' was a very creative process; I was impressed with how quick Ed wrote the chorus in the studio as soon as I put the beat up and laid my verse down. It was a very memorable, incredible day and I am very proud of the song, it came from our hearts."
In an article published in Billboard magazine on Dec 21, 2017, Ed Sheeran says that his first live show was in Bristol England where he played with a reggae band called Laid Black and he had a jam session where he performed a medley of reggae and hip hop songs which included 50 cent’s song In the Club. He performed along with his cousin Jethro Alonestar Sheeran. Ed Sheeran also says he was very heavily influenced by Caribbean music. Billboard published the story to launch a new reggae album which Ed Sheeran has two songs featured on the album.
Two small music labels have come together to create one of the biggest projects in reggae music history. The labels are Contractor Music out of Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Amada Recordings out of Atlanta, Georgia in The States. They came together to produce the reggae album The Dj Grid Project, Volume 1.
The album Includes tracks from the British pop star Ed Sheeran, Damian and Stephen Marley, sons of the legend Bob Marley, Sean Kingston, Wyclef, Capleton, Mojo Morgan of Morgan Heritage, Jethro Sheeran, the first cousin of Ed Sheeran, and Safaree of Vh1’s love and hip hop. The LP also features two upcoming acts, Katie Bates and AG The A&R. Read The Full Story Here.