Jimmy Cliff (born with the name James Chambers) is a Jamaican ska and reggae singer, musician, and actor. He was born on April 1, 1948 in Somerton District, St. James, Jamaica. He is the only musician (currently living) to hold the Order of Merit, which is the highest honour that can be granted by the Jamaican government for his accomplishment in the arts and sciences. He is popularly known among general audiences for songs like "Sitting in Limbo," "You Can Get It If You Really Want," and "Many Rivers to Cross" (the soundtrack of The Harder They Come) and that helped to popularize reggae across the world. Aside from being a musician, he is apparently known in his appearance in the film "The Harder They Come". In 2010, Jimmy Cliff was one of five musician that had been initiated in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
He start writing songs when he's still at primary school in St. James while listening to a neighbour's sound system. His father took him to Kingston to go to school (Kingston Technical) in 1962 where he saw many producer and trying to record hi songs. He also join the talent search.