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Everlasting

by Jean Mclean

UK JAMAICAN REGGAE music at its best !!! Plus Bonus DUBS!!Seen through the eyes of a REGGAEBABY taking you on a journey through SKA/ ROCKSTEADY/ REGGAE to current day reggae fusions
Genre: Reggae: Rocksteady
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1. Meant 4 U
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2. Liar
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3. Me On My Own
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4. Reggaebaby
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5. Waiting In Vain
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6. Love Me Baby
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7. Higher
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8. Never Gonna Give Up
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9. So Close
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10. Things In Life
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11. Meant 4 U Dub
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12. Liar Dub
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13. Me On My Own Dub
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14. Reggaebaby Dub
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15. Waiting In Vain Dub
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16. Higher Dub
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17. Never Gonna Give Up Dub
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Jean Mclean also known as the Reggaebaby is a vocalist who brings her own original tracks and flavor to reggae music. She draws influences from her roots in Reggae music and other genres which have touched her life from classical, pop & rock UK culture.

Born in Birmingham UK, Jean sang in the Caribbean Choir at school where she performed her first solo in public, overwhelmed by the applause she realised there was something about her voice that was special.

Jean quickly learnt she was musical and multi-talented playing trombone in School and Youth Band and singing in the school choir, she was also self taught on the piano and guitar. One of her teachers was keen to steer her in the direction of the opera, but apparently that was not to be her calling. She did however join an Operatic Society for one production ‘Kiss Me Kate’.

Jean started writing seriously at the age of sixteen, at that time strongly influenced by the Rastafarian doctrine. But while at college she travelled a different road and became a member of pop/rock band Double Vision in which she played bass performing at local pubs and club, but her real education came when she was steered by Brother Blacka into ‘Sceptre’ Roots Reggae band first on keyboard and then rhythm guitar, joined later by her baby sister Rankin Bev on keyboards. This was where Jean found her feet and earned the name ‘Jeanus’. All members participated in writing, singing and providing backing vocals, this was an excellent learning ground and SCEPTRE’ played regularly at festivals, carnivals and venues like ‘Band on Wall Manchester’, Dingwalls London, JBs Dudley, Rising Star Bilston. Most memorable experience was supporting artist like Sugar Minott (RIP), Johnny Clarke & UKs Steel Pulse.

Sceptre releases includes ‘Handsworth Explosion’ (1980’s) compilation album with various West Midlands bands like Black Symbol, Zephaniah, Gerald Love, Truths & Rights & Bread Back uniting together to showcase at Hummingbirds Birmingham. And in 1984 Sceptre’s own ‘Essence of Redemption’ was released. This was where Jean got her first taste of studio production and these albums are now sort after collectables.

After Sceptre split, Jean was eager to pursue a solo career and frequently sang on sound systems in blue dances and festivals. Frustrated, Jean took matters into her own hands and with encouragement from family and friends... Jean released on her own label – Foxy Lady 4, 7inch releases. Which including songs she had written, arranged and co –produced. Vinyl released included, Don’t let me down 1990, Ain’t no stopping us 1991, Lovers game 1993, and So in Love 1994. But with little success became disheartened with the British Reggae mentality realising she had a lot to learn.

Through performances in France promoted by Drop Crystal Sound System, Jean was featured in January 2001 in National French Music Magazine – Reggae-Ska-Dub ‘Ragga’ Magazine No 15 and local press. And was encouraged by Brother Blacka (RIP) in January 2000 to compile a EP ‘Stand Up’ played on national stations like BBC / Galaxy Radio paving the way her first album‘I’m a Reggaebaby’ released in 2002 and co-produced by International reggae star ‘Pato Banton’ who is also featured on the cover track ‘Killing me Softly’

Jean’s love of music led her to found the Reggaebaby Lounge in 2009, Birmingham’s premier music night now at the Drum, a monthly event showcasing West Midlands UK Talent. Moto ‘Together We R Stronger’ All this while still working in partnership with twice Grammy nominated ECKS PRODUCTIONS in the release of her new album entitled ‘EVERLASTING’.

As a solo artist Jean has shared the stage with the likes of: Johnny Clarke, Horace Andy, Owen Gray, Ken Boothe, Luciano, Pato Banton, Macka B, Vivan Jones, Sinclair and ‘EVERLASTING reflects a cross section of artists she respects and enjoys: Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Hortense Ellis, Marcia Griffith through to Lovers Rock Sandra Cross, Janet Kay, Deborah Gordon, Kofi. RnB Mary J Blige, Beyonce, Lauyrn Hill through to current day Etana, Tanya Stephens, Amy Winehouse, Adele

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