Grace Nelson

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b. 10 July 1958, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, West Indies, d. May 1998. Nelson began her musical career during her teenage years, performing in and around Kingston. In the mid-80s her vocal styling impressed…
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b. 10 July 1958, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, West Indies, d. May 1998. Nelson began her musical career during her teenage years, performing in and around Kingston. In the mid-80s her vocal styling impressed the producer Clarence Royce who released ‘Where Did The Love Go’, ‘Jah Giveth’ and her debut, Kingston City. By 1995, these releases were receiving long overdue recognition within reggae circles, and she was invited to tour the UK. While in London she demonstrated her vocal skill on the Lynx Showcase alongside various promising performers. While touring Europe with the group, she was approached by the German-based, Irie Hi Fi to record a number of obscure singles. In 1997, she returned to Jamaica, where she recorded and released the favoured ‘Name Brand’ and ‘No Pot Scrapings’. Both were local hits in Kingston, the success of which, led to her being invited to join Black Uhuru on their European tour. Her intensified career was beginning to flourish when in May 1998 she was found murdered outside her Kingston home. Nelson was another statistic of the escalating violence in the Jamaican capital. The police had no leads as to the time of death (although forensics determined that her body had gone unnoticed for two weeks), who attacked her or why she was slain.