Winners of Creative Loafings 2016 ‘Best Local Reggae Band’ in the Tampa Bay Area and recent 2nd place winners of Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Best Local Entertainment for 2017. Jah Movement is made up of some of the best musicians in the South West Florida Region. Jah Movement Reggae Band (JMRB) has a glorifying sound where the individual talents of each member comes together and adds their style of talent to music.
Damie Caines former lead vocalist of popular band ‘Democracy’ provides his unique sounds that many local reggae artists can’t touch. Shantel Norman who is one of the most popular female vocalist in Southwest Florida can sing ANY genre of music and leave people with their mouths wide open. She has won many awards because of her talents. Drummy, Maurice Brown is one drummer that can sing and play drums at the same time. His high-pitched voice always keeps the women smiling. Lead Keyboardist and Vocalist, Dougie Gresham is the music director of the famous Ky-Mani Marley. Dougie brings all of his many talents to JMRB to make them sound full and astonishing.
Founded in May of 2015, JMRB has established a well-known name and reputation throughout Florida. Their passion of performing live for different audiences of different ages, the band comes equipped with not only the BEST LIVE Reggae music but adding their own touch of R&B , Soul and Funk music. You never know what popular songs they will pull out the box at each show!
JMRB now has their first début EP album called ‘The Movement’ which was released on their one year anniversary date in May 2016. Selling out their first album ‘The Movement’ with over 500 copies the night of their album release party. JMRB has had the opportunity to open for many popular reggae artists Ky-Mani Marley, Inner Circle, Black Uhuru. They plan to start a mini U.S tour very soon.
Damie Caines born in St. Kitts former member of Democracy Reggae Band is a Dancehall Artist with sounds like Buju Banton, Sizzla, Shaggy, and many more. Damie moved to the United States from St. Kitts and Nevis in 1999 to pursue his singing career with his dad Oswald “Ham” Caines founder of Democracy Reggae Band. He has opened up for many reggae artists such as Capleton, Beenie Man, Sizzla, The Wailers, and many more. He was also a member of one of St. Kitts number one Soca Bands the “GrandMasters”.
Shantel has competed in many talent shows such as Triad Idol, of North Carolina winning a spot as a finalist. The Omega Psi Phi talent show she had won 2nd place. The Summer of 2011 she competed on ABC network’s reality show Karaoke Battle USA. Karaoke Battle USA was hosted by Joey Fatone (N-Sync) and the panel of judges Carnie Wilson (WilsonPhillips), Joe Levy (Editor-of-Chief Rolling Stones and Maxim magazine), and Brian “The Cowboy”Scott (Former Karaoke World Champion, and Country Songwriter). During the competition she was the 2nd place finalist as one of the best singers in the USA.
She also had the opportunity to sing at the Legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem NY and came in 2nd place singing Tina Turners “Whats Love Got To Do With It.”
Norman also recently won the 2016 Herald-Tribune First Place Readers Choice Award as ‘Best Musical’.
Maurice is a well-known musician who has been playing the drum set in church since he was six years old. That is when his love for drums began. His real music career began right after training school in the year 2002 when he received a job at Hotel Royal Decameron in Montego Bay. He worked there for three years where it was perfect training ground for him. Brown then went to Belize with artist Fantan Mojah and shortly after, in 2007, he went to Gambia where he did a two week tour with artist Frankie Paul and the Positive Vibes Band. The journey to excellence continued when he came to the United States worked in clubs such as Mongos on South Beach FL, Ginger Bay Cafe, Hollywood FL this was a whole new experience for me being in America.
Maurice has had the pleasure of working with artists such as Dancehall Icon Wayne Wonder, Red Rat, Anthony “B”, just to name a few. In 2011, he went on a two week tour in Europe with artist Mr. Vegas and the Trema Band.
His favorite quote is “Life in music isn’t so fulfilling and relaxing for some people but the music is my life and I’m not going to stop loving it.”
At a young age Fred took lessons and learned to play the acoustic guitar.He soon became member of a church choir accompanying the group with acoustic guitar and ukulele. Fred joined a band in his mid teens and quickly developed an interest for playing different instruments and doing backup vocals. The rhythmic styles on the island at that time were mainly Latin (Salsa, Merengue), French Creole (Zouk/Kadance), West Indian (Soca, Calypso, Reggae) and American Soul Music. His musical background helped Fred become the versatile player he is today, able to comprehend and perform different styles and genres of music.
Danny Miller born in Kingston, Jamaica has been playing bass for many years. Some of the artists that Danny has played with are Gregory Issacs, Marcia Griffiths. Beres Hammond, Chaka Demus & Plyers, Toots, Dennis Brown, Lady saw, Junior Reid, Luciano, Israel Vibration, John Holt, Glenn Washington, Buju Banton, and Tony Rebel.
Ky-Mani (4yrs old) has been playing drums since the tender age of 9mths old. Now you can catch him playing with his mom and dads band Jah Movement Reggae Band. The first song he learned to play was ‘Road to Zion’ by Damian Marley. You can check it out here Ky-Mani the Drummer playing Road to Zion.