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      ERROL BLACKWOOD BIOGRAPHY ERROL BLACKWOOD Singer, Songwriter, Musician. Band: Errol Blackwood Injahband For bookings and personal Contact: email: blackwood100@mail.com Web Page: www.indejungle.xbuild.com www.errolblackwood.xbuild.com Errol Blackwood was born in the Accompong (Maroon) ... read more
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      ERROL BLACKWOOD BIOGRAPHY

      ERROL BLACKWOOD Singer, Songwriter, Musician.
      Band: Errol Blackwood Injahband
      For bookings and personal Contact: email: blackwood100@mail.com
      Web Page: www.indejungle.xbuild.com www.errolblackwood.xbuild.com

      Errol Blackwood was born in the Accompong (Maroon) Hills of Jamaica. He moved to Toronto Canada at an early age where he learned to play the Bass Guitar. He played with several bands in Ontario doing a mixture of RNB, Rock and Funk.
      His love for music comes from a variety of sources, from the church of his father who was a pastor, the Nyahbingi Drummers, the School music drama concert and the Jukebox playing from Country to Rhythm n Blues.

      In 1980, Errol formed the band Messenjah, along with Ray Ruddock and Rupert Harvey. They recorded two albums and a video under the WEA record label. Messenjah toured extensively for 6 years traveling across Canada and the U.S.A
      The band regrouped in 1986 over artistic deference's. Highlights included working with Hugh Masekela, 1985: The Clash, Frank Zappa and playing Reggae Sun splash

      ALBUMS AND CDS:
      Errol began his solo career with the release of his four songs EP.
      1987 EP titled "Chant, Chant" and a video titled "Special Effect."
      1988 A Cover song titled: "Give Peace a Chance." became a Video.
      In 1990 Blade Music released Errol's first-full-length album titled Warrior.
      1994: followed by second CD titled "Waking up the Dream."
      2000: A collection of his songs, titled Roots and Lovers Collection.
      2003: Full-length CD is titled: "Rastaman Say"
      2007 Latest CD Titled: Familytree CD

      PERFORMANCE AND UPDATES

      1998. Lead Singer for the Bob Marley Wailers band on a tour in California.
      2006 wrote and perform the theme song for the Paradise Island movie. Filmed in Mexico by Visual Kings of Austria

      2007 Recording his New CD FAMILYTREE Toronto City hall on Iriefestival CBC Radio: Big City Small world.
      CBC Metro Morning and a promotional tour to Austria for the opening of the film: Paradise Island.
      2005 highlights include Headlining the Irie Reggae festival at Ontario Place. Fronting the Blue Jays at the Sky dome in Toronto

      Fronting Maxi Priest at The Road Island Reggae fest in the USA 2003 concerts includes August 4th at Toronto Harbourfront CIBC stage,
      Freak-fest in London Ontario and City hall summer concert in Kitchener Ontario

      2002 tour includes performance at the New England Reggae festival, with Marcia Griffith and Ika Mouse.
      He also performed at the Marcus Garvey day in Toronto.
      In March of 2001 Errol performed in Texas at Velvet Park for Bob Marley festival.

      He also performed with the London orchestra for the Canada Games in August 0/1. Other performances include a full house pre release party at the Ceeps in December 0/1. For Roots and Lovers Collection CD
      Special performance in 2000 at the Toronto ITU Triathlon World Cup in July at the exhibition place live performance at the Kitchener
      City Hall for Rogers TV Summer Festival 2000.

      HONORARY AWARDS
      Errol has won twelve awards out of fifteen nominations.
      CANADIAN REGGAE MUSIC AWARDS /CRMA
      2003: Best CD of the year for his latest CD, Rastaman Say.
      2003 CANADIAN INDIE MUSIC AWARDS Rastaman Say Nominated.
      1995 Top reggae Singer (male)
      1993 Top reggae Singer (male)
      1992 Top Reggae Video, "Un-foreign Dub"
      1992 Top reggae Singer (male)
      1992 Top Video: "Arrested" From the LP "Warrior"
      1992 Top Video: "Irie Dread/ "Warrior"
      1993 Top Singer (Male)
      1990 Top Album: Warrior
      1990 Top reggae Singer (male)
      CANADIAN MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS:
      1992 Best Video, "Arrested," from LP "Warrior"
      TORONTO MUSIC AWARDS:
      1988 Best Reggae Artist/Performer
      CANADIAN ACADEMY OF RECORDING ARTS/JUNO AWARDS:
      1996 Nominee for CD: "Waking Up the Dream"
      1988 Nominee for single: "Give Peace a Chance"
      1987 Nominee for EP: "Chant, Chant"

      REVIEWS

      FOCUS Magazine (Toronto) - had this to say about Errol:
      The Skipah is a product of the courageous Maroons. He is a serious Rastaman. Errol's faith is the driving force in his life. It characterizes his being. With his sporting majestic dreadlocks, he pens plays and sings out his hunger for Justice and Equal Rights. He is certainly one of the hardest working entertainers in Canada today.
      The Kitchener Record Newspaper (SHOWCASE) - had this to say:
      Errol has a voice full of richness and is a masterful bass player. Errol sings of struggle, love and life, all with the same positive feeling. Not only does he write excellent songs, but he has also masterminded video renditions of his material. A performance by Errol and his band Injah transcends mere playing, taking you on an appealing versatile and spiritual trip through the heartbeat of reggae.
      Lake Head University -Thunder Bay {THE ARGUS}
      Imagine the herb-enhanced vocals of Joe Cocker and the lyrical grace of Eric Clapton. Errol in all his Rastafarian wisdom delivers even more of a powerful mix with his new CD release, "WAKING UP THE DREAM." recorded in Jamaica. One listen and you will feel the most passionate, vocal presence and skillful instrumental-punch penetrating your spirit with good vibrations. Errol's CD, "WAKING UP THE DREAM," an investment that is truly a collector's piece
      DUB MISSIVE INTERNATIONAL VOL X, N0.3 HAD THIS TO SAY.
      Waking up the dream by Errol Blackwood hits dread on The Jamaican born
      Canadian based singer and Basest captures the essence of roots reggae with hungry tunes of love, redemption, judgment and hope. His sweet throaty vocals lend themselves to so many styles and he easily maneuvers from lover's rock to righteous anthems of roots. I'm the one is one of the strongest dance tracks. The gritty reality of one urban family is reason to weep on "Little Bit of Tear as Blackwood narrates a tale of despair: "Eventually you loose reality/killing then just becomes another spree/ and the children die/ how could we close our eyes.
      Free world bounces back with a hopeful kind of Bob Marley meets Talking Heads admonishment to the shitstem and its slick-talking purveyors of false freedom."Liberty Woman is a slow burner. Saving the best for last, the most outstanding is the nyabinghi-style
      "Mandela" with bass drums laying the heart beat foundation. Blackwood hails the great freedom fighters. His raspy voice calling with emotion as he begs us to heed the message and carry on the dream

      HIGHLIGHT TOURS.

      In April of 1998 lead singer for the original Bob Marley Band the Wailers.
      April 18, 1998 House of Blues (Hollywood, California/with Wailers
      April 17, 1998 Solana Beach (California/ with Wailers
      April 15, 1998 Band Arrival (LA, with Wailers Band
      April 16, 1998 Couch House (San Juan Capistrano/Wailers
      February, 1997 La Medley in Montreal Bob Marley Homage
      July 19, 1997 Vermont Reggae Festival, Injahband
      Feb. 28, 1997 Reggae Motion Festival (Cancun, Mexico Big Mountain Band
      Feb. 1995 Tribute to Bob Marley," at Harbourfront Toronto
      June 1995 USA Festival Tour: Houston Texas
      August 1995 USA Tour Corpus Christi Texas
      Oct 1995 Canadian West Coast Tour, Thunder Bay, University
      Calgary, Salmon Arm, Vancouver Island and Whistler BC.
      Oct. 1994 White River Reggae Bash, Jamaica
      July 1993 Ottawa Jazz Festival, at the Governor General's residence
      Nov 1993 Moonlight Beach Party: Saint Maarten, NA
      Aug 1992 Earth Song Festival: Hamilton, Ontario
      1992 - 1995 Jamaica Day Toronto featured as headline artist.
      1990 - 1993 Festival of Friends, Hamilton Ontario


      RADIO AND TELEVISION.
      2008: France Reggae: "Lean on Me" at number five on the chart, Valley of Life at number six. Italy Number eleven Lean on Me. Fifteen Valley of Life
      2006. CBC LIVE RADIO: BIG CITY SMALL WORLD. CBC METRO MORNING:
      DECEMBER 2006 AUSTRIAN LIVE RADIO, LINDZ AUSTRIA
      Rastaman Say CD can be heard across Canada on CBC Radio.
      Feb. 1997 Performed live on Quebec TV Talk Show titled Ready-Ready Go.
      Oct. 1995 CD Release "Waking Up the Dream" in concert interview/live footage.
      Feb. 1995 BBS TV Canada A.M. live performance
      Dec. 1995 C.F.M.T. live performance
      Oct. 1994 Irie FM Reggae Bash simulcasts.
      1991 CBS drama titled "Sweating Bullets" (Tropical Heat)
      Errol perform the theme song titled: Any way the wind blows.

      COLLABORATIONS
      Errol worked with several musicians over the years, among them are The Cool Ruler Gregory Isaacs who sang on a track titled
      GOT TO ROCK from his first solo album WARRIOR. Worked with Bob Marley's Wailers band, as lead singer
      Wrote and perform the theme song for Austrian Film Company Visual Kings: movie series titled Paradise Island.
      Errol sang the theme song for a CBS series titled "Sweating Bullets." Performed on the national Children show titled: Romper Room
      Since 1990 Errol has been nominated in fifteen music awards, he has won eleven, including his latest award for best CD
      Of 2003 and was also nominated in the Canadian Inde Music Award 2003.
      More of his accomplishments are on the next pages in his full Bio. You can also get more info on Errol by goggle.


      SOCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS
      Hamilton For Haiti Feb, 2010.
      Reggae For Life Haiti benifit. march 2010 Toronto
      Errol and his band Injah has perform for many different charitable events, including: HAMILTON FOR HAITI BENEFIT, Jan, 1010.
      REGGAE FOR LIFE HAITI Feb 1010 Toronto
      Tilly Johnson's scholarship fund The Women's shelter in Kitchener Waterloo: Habitat for humanity house opening with special guest: former American president Jimmy Carter and his wife
      A benefit to send Olympian Lennox Lewis to the 1986 Olympics

      1990 C.T.V. Children's show: Romper Room as special guest performer

      MEDIA
      Spotlights and feature articles in international, provincial and local entertainment magazines and newspapers.
      Selected articles enclosed others available upon request:

      BAND MEMBERS:
      Errol Blackwood: Lead vocalist/bass
      Ray Ruddock: Keybords/organ
      Craig Ruddock: drums
      Billy Stergiou Guitar


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