Sunday 22 September, 2019

Josie Mel thrills with 'The Only One'

Josie Mel

Josie Mel

Reggae artiste Josie Mel is generating a buzz stateside with his latest release, 'The Only One', released on the Josie Mel Music label in January 2019. 

"I am staying focused, working hard in the studios with new music. My latest  release is  doing well, it's been added to several radio stations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut so far, and my  follow up ,'Ignite the Fire' is going to be released this Summer to keep up the momentum," the artiste whose real name is Donald Burns Campbell, said. 

The second single, 'Ignite the Fire', will be released on the Josie Mel Music label in July 2019. 

Born in the sleepy district of Bryant's Hill, Josie Mel started singing in church at the age of 10. While attending the Crooked River All Age in Clarendon, he sang with the school group and performed at school festivals before getting his first raw exposure to dancehall with the Creation Sound system. 

At one of the dances he met producer Country Tony who took him into the studio Dynamic Sounds. Since then through the years Josie Mel has recorded songs for labels such as Minor 7 flat 5, Star Trail, Black Scorpio and others.  He is known for songs such as “Youths Fi Big” featuring Capleton on the Friends For Life rhythm and “Cross Roads” on the Right Now rhythm. 

However, one of his mist popular songs remains  “Rasta Still Deh Bout” featuring Lutan Fyah on the Minor 7 Flat 5 label, which did well on the local and overseas music charts. Another standout song is "Try Jah Love" featuring Smokie Benz which soared to the pole position on Richie B's Jamaica Music Countdown chart for 3 weeks, then spend over 26 weeks in the chart. The video for the single went to no. 1 on CVM video chart and # 5 on TVJ. The single itself was nominated for the EME awards in February 2010.

He has performed at major events such as the Rochester City School District Adult and Career Education Services New York USA, Sting 1997 and Ram Jam 1997, Reggae Sunsplash 1998-1999, Rebel Salute 1998-1999, and Everton Blender Birthday Bash 1998 and 2002, and graced the stage of  Reggae Sumfest in 2005.

He toured Europe in 2004 and in 2006 performing in towns such as Marseille, Toulon and Paris in France, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and in the cities of Brixton and London, UK at least four times. 

He has released three albums, his debut album “Freedom” on Walboomers Music, the second,  "Rasta Still De Bout" on the Minor7 Flat5 label, and the third album, "This Whole World” on the Minor7Flat5 label. 

"I like all forms of music namely reggae, dancehall, R&B/Souls, jazz, rap, World Beat and African Classic," he said. 

Josie Mel said he was concerned about the acts of criminality and violence in his home country, and made an appeal for Jamaicans to remain positive and become angels of their better nature. 

"It’s non stop voicing, I have to show the world what I have inside me, I have no time to waste. I do positive music to encourage people to be their better selves , because I am also a father and a real family man , a Godly man, and a role model. This is my advice to my Jamaican people stay positive don’t let them draw you out, avoid loud and aggressive people, don't use violence to solve your problems, focus on love and light," he said. 

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