Monday 6 July, 2020

Rally 'Banks' on new releases

Rally Banks

Rally Banks

Dancehall singjay Rally Banks is one the most talented young vocalists to have emerged out of Jamaica in the past year.  He is generating a huge street buzz with his latest single, 'Purpose', which was released in May 2019 by Billboard-topping producer Rohan 'Jah Snowcone' Fuller on his Coney Hill Records imprint. 

"We are going to give to the 'Purpose' single a big push for the summer, the video has just been released and the feedback so far is incredible," he said.

Rally Banks, a bombastic live performer, has fast earned a reputation for his distinctive vocals and charismatic onstage performances. He first vaulted into the spotlight with the soulful 'Pressure Is On' which was officially released in November 2018 on the Coney Hill Records imprint. 

"The response to 'Pressure Is On' and 'Purpose' has been incredible so far. The video for 'Pressure' has been getting great rotation on the Blacker Top 20 countdown, and HYPE and RE Tv, and the 'Purpose' video is going to be released this summer and we are expecting big things as well," Rally Banks said.

Rally Banks recently participated in the Suncity Radio College school tour with stops at the Caribbean Maritime Institute, Montego Bay Community College and Portmore Community College where he got to show off the incredible range of his voice. He has also performed at various community events in Seaview Gardens and other places in the Corporate Area.

Rally Banks (given name Mikael Elleston) hails from the tough inner-city of Seaview Gardens in St Andrew. Born to parents Ralston Omar Elletson and Marvarita Blackwood, he grew up in Seaview where he attended basic and primary schools.  

Today, this 21-year-old is a former student of St Andrew Technical High School and embracing his status as the 'next big prospect' from Seaview Gardens, a community that has yielded such incredible talents as Bounty Killer, Shabba Ranks, Elephant Man, Harry Toddler, and Dexta Daps.

"I am a humble youth, so I don't see myself as a star, but I really feel great about all the love I am getting from the residents of Seaview Gardens, I know I wont let them down, I am going to work hard to fly the banner high," he said.

In 2016, Rally Banks vaulted into the spotlight when he entered the Magnum Kings and Queens contest. He also released his first single, 'Never Know' in February 2017. Then earlier this year, he inked a recording deal with Billboard chart-topping producer Rohan Fuller after the producer saw a viral video circulating on social media.  

"I did a video of myself singing a song called 'Purpose' that went viral on Facebook.Then Jah Snowcone reached out to me and we started doing some work together, real recognise real," he said.

Eventually, Fuller recorded both 'Pressure is On' and 'Purpose' and released both under his Coney Hill Records imprint.

"Right now, I am really pleased with the direction of my career, I am looking to great things in 2019," he said. 

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