Reggae sensation Leon Grey to release ‘Ticket for your love’ on Valentine’s day.
Many people would not associate Reggae music with lyrical content that talks about love but would most definitely associate it with political and resistance lyrics.
Robert ‘Bob’ Marley and many great artists such as Peter Tosh immediately come to mind. Well, there is a sub-genre of the music that has in the past decades taken the music industry by storm.
Beres Hammond, Glen Washington and Denis Brown are the pioneers of this sub-genre and have influenced many others including Jah Cure who has taken the genre to new heights with his harmonious voice.
Well it’s another decade and there is a new kid on the block and he is blending the vibes of old school Reggae with some romantic R&B.
The Instagram sensation,(200k followers and counting) Leon Grey first shot to success on social media, but it was his foray into the world of music which earned him features in GQ and Glamour.
Now, this beautiful Jamaican-Greek soul proves he is more than just a pretty face, with the dreamy reggae vibes of his debut single ‘Ticket for your love’ set to blow up the airwaves on Valentine’s Day 2020.
Leon Grey turned to reggae music from a young age, as a way to honour his heritage. Amongst his wide range of influences, Grey counts Dennis Brown, one of the pioneers of lovers’ rock (a subgenre of reggae categorised for its romantic sound and lyrical content), Gregory Isaacs, the “most exquisite voice in reggae” (The New York Times), and R&B/smooth jazz star, Bobby Caldwell.
All of these varied and iconic influences can be heard in Leon Grey’s debut single, ‘Ticket for Your Love’, a laid back, sun-kissed tune, like a cool breeze drifting over from the birthplace of reggae, Jamaica itself.
Co-written and produced by Max Herman (Jay Sean, Hamza Hawsawi, Ayia Gold and others), the song was recorded by Tom Hough (U2, Keane, Ariana Grande) at the renowned Sarm Studios and mixed by Grammy Award-winner Hayden Bendall and mastered by Mazen Murad.
In Leon’s own words, “the song defines the magical nature of love and loving. Today we tend to be consumed by love that is often materialistic, so this song brings it back to the core of real love - the truest vibration.”
Born of Jamaican and Greek heritage and brought up in Tottenham, London, Leon Grey’s roots and diverse heritage have greatly impacted his musical style.
Growing up heavily active in the sporting community, Grey later turned to music as his creative outlet.
The tranquil vibes of ‘Ticket For Your Love’ wash over anyone within earshot, fills the space with chilled beats and a laid back vocal line which is nothing short of idyllic.
A welcome change from the materialistic and fast-paced energies of modern life and relationships, ‘Ticket for Your Love’ is a gentle reminder that love can be effortless.
‘‘Ticket for your Love’ was recorded at the renowned Sarm Studios and released on the 14th February 2020, Valentine’s Day, through Two Way Street Records/AWAL.