Beres Hammond OJ (born Hugh Beresford Hammond, 28 August 1955, Annotto Bay, Saint Mary, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae singer known in particular for his lovers rock music. While his career began in the 1970s, he reached his greatest success in the 1990s. Born the ninth of ten children; Hammond grew up listening to his father's collection of American soul and jazz music; including Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. He was further influenced by the native musics of ska and rocksteady, in particular Alton Ellis.
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A nifty little album of lovers rock, Beres Hammond is as unassuming as its title and steady throughout, with Beres Hammond's wise, soulful singing giving these songs a tremendous sincerity. Recorded in 1992 and produced by guitarist Willie Lindo, the album features some impressive backup, including the Tamlins on harmonies, Gladstone Anderson on piano, horn man Dean Fraser, the Sly & Robbie rhythm section, and guitarist Dwight Pinkney
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In addition to his low key, but upbeat sound he has perfected an idiosyncratic vocal style tinged with soul influences, perfectly adaptable to his reggae instrumental framework. Hammond was born on 28 August 1955 in Annotto Bay, saint Mary, Jamaica, the 9th of 10 children. His collaborative spree leaked over to his 2004 album, Love Has No Boundaries, which featured appearances by Buju Banton and Big Youth. Though Hammond continued to release solid album’s throughout the 2000s such as Lifetime Guarantee, A Moment in Time and Just a Man it was his release of One Love, One Life, which certified him as a legend of reggae lovers rock.
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