Jimmy Reid was born in the parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica, with an ambition to become an accomplished recording artist. While laying the foundation for an illustrious career he received unanimous support from the local schools and churches amazed by his unique tone and electrifying stage presence which resulted in many performances.
He started his career in the late 60’s as he moved to West Kingston and began immediately working with Duke Reid Studio. Through this process he was privileged to meet and work with Eric Donaldson, Jimmy London, Max Romeo and Gregory Isaac to name a few. During this time Jimmy worked with The Beltones and the Cables recording a few songs in 1972. In 1974 he released his first single, “Time will Tell” that received great reviews and radio airplay both in Jamaica and Internationally. Jimmy migrated to Canada in 1975 and continued his passion for music by networking with top producers, performed on major shows and community events.
Reid formed another group named Jimmy Reid & the Rocking Moments and recorded the hit single “I’m so fed up”. His solo career began shortly after releasing “Rest Your Love on Me”, “Open the Door” and “My Tears Are Falling” all hitting #1 on the Toronto Reggae Charts. The first album “Are You Ready” was released in 1984 and Jimmy received his first award for “Best Single. He teamed up with producer Winston Richards and Keyboardist Jackie Mittoo to release the second album in 1986. Jimmy went on a tour to promote the album and received multiple awards for singer and entertainer of the year.
He has graced the stage with artists such as: Chalice, Lt. Stitchie, Luciano, Lloyd Parks, Fab Five, Dennis Brown and more. In 1995 and 2000, Jimmy was awarded the Canadian Reggae Music Award of Merit and Album of the Year “Secret Emotions”. Four decades later and still kicking, Jimmy produces an undoubtedly hit single “Nah Give Up”, that took the airwaves by storm hitting the #1 charts in France, Canada and Jamaica for over 8 weeks. (Top 20 Chart in France; Sound FM, Rebel Vibes, Hot 102 and Roots FM)
Jimmy is currently signed to TP Media & Marketing Group and is preparing to have his 1st ever Album Launch Event on Saturday March 22, 2014 at The Jamaican Canadian Centre.
Jimmy’s states “my aspiration is to continue in this journey as an inspiration for those who will hear my music and present nothing but the best in sweet authentic reggae music”.
Ms. Letna in Association with Rouge Valley Health System Foundation present the Healing Hope Fundraising Brunch benefitting the Cancer Department at Rouge Valley Centenary hospital and the Jamaica Cancer Society.
Date: March 30th, 1-5pm
Guest Speakers: Dr. Marietta Zorn, and Dr. Naresh Mohan
Featuring: Jimmy Reid, Mr. Cooper, Mel C, Forest Creek Steel Band Orchestra, Marley Edwards, Rochelle Robinson and Jestiena Salmon and Fashion Designs by Hylton House Designs, Premier Jour, N.I.S.E. Clothing and much more!
Host: Marcia Brown
Location: Sts. Peter & Paul Banquet Hall, 237 Milner, Scarborough Ontario, M1S 5E3 Canada
For tickets call:
Letna Allen-Rowe: 416-628-3119, 416-783-5813, 647-406-5668
Rouge Valley Health System Foundation: 416-281-7342, 905-683-2320 ext 1212
Purchase online: www.ticketgateway.com
or make a donation online if you’re not able to attend but want to contribute to the cause: https://2ndHealingHopeBrunchDonate.eventbrite.ca