When you look at Freddie McGregor’s list of accomplishments, you’d think that it is longer than a Christmas shopping list. With a career spanning almost five decades since the 1960s, he is not only a singer, producer and musician who has been touted to be reggae’s most soulful singer of all time.
And you really can’t blame Allmusic for bestowing him with this title, as he has been on stage since the age of seven, and has literally been there with every change in Jamaican music such as loversrock, ska, dancehall, ragga, dub, rocksteady and Rastafarian roots reggae.
Perhaps, the biggest reason why Freddie is such a legend is because of his conversion to Rastafari, and has been a part of the Twelve Tribes organization since then, and with the rising popularity of his debut album known as ‘Bobby Babylon’, he hasn’t looked back since then.
Apart from releasing a slew of albums throughout his career, he has also toured extensively in addition to creating several hits such as “I was born a winner”, “Just Don’t Want to be Lonely”, “Push comes to Shove” and “Big Ship”.
While slowing down the pace in the 1990s, his 2000 album ‘Signature’ was received very well by both critics and fans while his follow up album “Anything for You” which was Grammy-nominated as well. As a producer, he established the Big Ship Recording Studio and has worked with artists such as Mikey Spice and Luciano.