Considered by many to be a catalyst of breakthrough reggae artists, Kingston native Jesse Royal recently dropped his new single “Generation” featuring the talents of Jo Mersa Marley in anticipation of his Oct. 6 debut album Lily of Da Valley via Easy Star Records.
Jesse Royal has been picking up steam and notoriety across the reggae community inside a short time-frame. He was named JARIA (Jamaican Reggae Industry Association) Breakthrough Artist of The Year in 2015, and has not looked back. His music bolstered by infectious beats and heavy basslines, Jesse David LeRoi Grey has been crafting music for years, implementing his own unique styles across the genre.
After moving to Kingston, Jamaica, he befriended Daniel “Bambaata” Marley (son of Ziggy Marley) and has made it known that through their friendship, collaboration and love for music, helped spearhead his plans for becoming the artist he is today. His lyrics and messaging behind his music has been stated to serve as a reference point for the “most recent wave of conscious youths, inspiring those to connect to their African roots and also to do well onto one another.”
Jesse Royal’s new track “Generation” is a breath of fresh air featuring a steady hip-hop flow with overarching reggae styles and influences. Jo Mersa Marley is featured on the track, and listeners will find themselves nodding their head to the music across the track’s almost four-minute run-time.
The new song was featured as a premiere track at VIBE Magazine, and Jesse Royal was able to shed some details on the background behind the new single: “This is simply displaying our fearlessness and our resilience while ensuring them that we will not take it anymore. We put people over money, love over hate and peace over war, every time! It’s a takeover, not a protest.”
In addition to the new single, Jesse Royal has revealed details for his long-anticipated debut album Lily of Da Valley. The album will feature tracks scattered throughout his discography of singles, including his hit track “Modern Day Judas” and “Always Be Around.”
You can Pre-order for your own copy today on iTunes by clicking HERE!
Jesse Royal – Lily of Da Valley Track-list
1.) 400 Years
2.) Generation (feat. Jo Mersa Marley)
3.) Modern Day Judas
4.) Life’s Sweet
5.) Real Love
6.) Always Be Around
7.) Stand Firm
8.) Roll Me Something
9.) Full Moon
10.) Rock It Tonight
13.) Waan Go Home (feat. Patrice)
14.) Jah Will See Us Through
Jesse Royal On Tour
Jesse Royal On Tour:
2017 has proven to be quite the active and involved year for Jesse Royal. The rising star has been on the road for a large duration of the summer, and was touring earlier in the year on select shows with Chronixx, Lion Heights, Black Slate and more. After a quick break, Jesse Royal will be embarking on a December tour alongside Collie Buddz. Fans can expect to hear tracks from his upcoming album on a nightly basis, so find the full list of dates below and grab your tickets!
Listen: Jesse Royal – “Generation” featuring Jo Mersa Marley