b. c.1966, London, England. UK-based Simmonds has been involved in the music industry for a number of years initially performing as DJ Ranking Lee on sound systems such as Lord David, Neville The Enchanter and Lloyd Coxsone’s legendary Sir Coxsone Sound under the tutelage of Blacker Dread. Ranking Lee also partnered Natty B during his stint with Aces before he joined the Choice FM crew. Simmonds career changed direction when he entered a talent contest at the club where he was an employee. His vocal style proved especially popular and he went on to win the contest for three consecutive years. He was invited to an audition with producer, Neville King who, within days, recorded and released the singer’s debut, ‘At The Dance’. The song topped the UK chart and since the original session Simmonds has re-recorded the song several times - a notable remake was with Sugar Minott for his Black Roots label. Simmonds maintained a low profile within the industry, although he toured globally. On a North American tour he was invited to perform on the Film 4 presentation, We The Raggamuffin. Simmonds sang ‘Without Love’, and has subsequently adopted a conscientious stance on hits such as, ‘Our Father’, ‘Anything Else’, and ‘Big Brother’, the latter in combination with Sandeeno.
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