Wendy Shaw

b. Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Shaw embarked on her musical career in 1987 when she auditioned and enrolled as lead singer for the all-female group, Jahdeeda, who performed together for two years…
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b. Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Shaw embarked on her musical career in 1987 when she auditioned and enrolled as lead singer for the all-female group, Jahdeeda, who performed together for two years before disbanding. In 1989, Shaw embarked on a solo career and released her debut, Praise His Majesty. In 1990, her career was firmly established with the release of ‘Reggae Music Is The Music Of The King’, taken from the album. The single was accompanied with a promotional video that featured on various music television networks and led to international acclaim. In the same year she performed at the Bob Marley Day Festival at Long Beach, California, where her successful performance prompted a petition for her return. This led to notable appearances in Jamaica including Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay and Reggae Ram Jam in Clarendon. In 1994, she embarked on sessions for her second release, Passing Through The Flames, produced with the assistance of Dwight Pinkney of Roots Radics. The Radics also played on the album, with Dean Fraser’s 809 band providing the brass arrangements. While recording the album Shaw also released, in combination with Johnny Ashley, ‘Inna My Life’, for the HighTone collective. In the USA she performed at various festivals, including notable appearances in Utah, Oklahoma, California, while her shows at the Kansas City Reggae Summer Fest were met with critical acclaim. She maintained her notoriety throughout the 90s performing alongside such luminaries as Bunny Wailer, Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor, Everton Blender, Cocoa Tea and Burning Spear. She has also performed alongside musical inspirations and friends Judy Mowatt and Sister Carol. In 1995, Shaw began working on her latest compilation combining lovers rock, dancehall and roots. The Sane Band and the Firehouse Crew provided music while vocal support came from Kulcha Knox, Power Man and the Hulk.