By: Icey Jace
OutAroad.com - Break Out Artiste For The Month of February
The month of January has now ended and once again OutAroad.com went to the streets in search of another muss buss artist, we did our research and after deliberating we came back ready and proud to introduce the February Artist of the Month. Based on our initial assessments the monthly promotional feature has sparked quite some amount of interest as viewers can now get the scoop on who's next to hit the mainstream circuit from the Caribbean’s #1 Entertainment News and Gossip website.
In January OutAroad.com brought you closer to a Winner by the name of Konshens and now it's time to turn the spotlights on another lyrical bomber with more of an international appeal, so without further a due we bring you the budding Reggae / Pop artist Garrison Hawk.
When determination is complemented by hard-work there is no doubt success will soon follow and so said so done. Garrison Hawk began enjoying the sounds of Reggae Icons Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Yellow Man he was only eight but had already showed a keen interest in performing, this he did at home for his extended family of 6 brothers and sister but when the family left the cool Manchester parish of Jamaica and moved permanently to The Bronx in New York there was no turning back for the then youngster.
By the time Garrison hit 17 the normal life of a teenager was overshadowed by a musical journey which brought him on tours throughout the East Coasts of America. His credits as a performer are numerous, from the Grammy kid Shabba Ranks to the bad bwoy Super Cat Garrison Hawk has shared the stage with some of Reggae’s biggest names. With visibility came opportunity mainly from producers who were eager to have the voice of Garrison flowing over their riddims but as with numerous choices sometimes we choose the wrong one. He slipped but couldn't afford to slide so it was back to the drawing board for Garrison who eventually formed Marathon Productions as a means of promoting his own work as an artist, producer and songwriter.
It was at this time that inspiration came in abundance and sparked singles like Death before Dishonor, Party With Me, Three the Hard Way and Fist full of Franklins which had New York's prime time radio station Hot 97 locked down with a significant number of daily rotations.
Fist full of Franklins peaked at #1 on European Charts and caused an unexpected visit from well known Producer / DJ Roger Sanchez and Armand Van Helden which did wonders for Hawk's career in 1999.
With real credits came real links and with real links came the long awaited breakthrough globally with the British Alternative artist Tricky formerly of the widely popular band Massive Attack. The musical union of the two was unique and this in turn led to Garrison to become co-writer on six tracks off Tricky's Blow-back album.
Probably the most noted song was Evolution Revolution Love which featured Hawk in the video.
Just a mild teaser before digging deeper into what's new for the February Artist of the Month Garrison Hawk - OutAroad.com wants you to check out our Track Review session later this week. To do your own review of the singles listed below checkout his myspace page www.myspace/garrisonhawk
Show them the dance
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