b. Errol Webster, Jamaica, West Indies. Webster, encouraged by his peers, began singing at an early age. In 1967 he successfully auditioned to perform as part of Billy Vernon And The Celestials, the premier touring band in the north of Jamaica. During his association with the band, he made his first international appearance touring California with the group in 1969. After three years of touring he felt confident enough to pursue a career as a solo singer and became one of Jamaica’s leading balladeers and cabaret artists. He has since become a household name in Jamaica following a succession of popular hits, notably ‘Can We Meet’. In 1987 he released ‘Music Is Life’ from the debut album of the same name, which, through sponsorship from Desnoes and Geddes, was launched at New Kingston’s prestigious Epiphany Club. In 1988 he received an award as best cabaret performer and a year later was honoured by the then prime minister of Jamaica, Michael Manley. His prolific output was accompanied by a hectic touring schedule during which he continued to entertain the tourists on the north coast as well as appearing at the Reggae Sunsplash festival, being acclaimed as the most outstanding performer at the annual beach party. His international reputation led to supporting roles for some of the top R&B/soul acts, including Billy Paul, the Chi-Lites, the Manhattans, Ronnie Dyson and Chuck Jackson. Webster was also the featured act at two Miss Jamaica World Fashion Shows, made US appearances with Heavy D, Papa San, Cocoa Tea, Supercat and Inner Circle, and at the eighth Annual American Awards show in Chicago he was recognized for his outstanding contribution to reggae music. His prolific recording career resulted in an association with Norman Grant who has released all of Webster’s recent output, including ‘Place Called Home’, ‘Love Doctor’ and the classic ‘Mankind’.
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