Recalling the ’90s -- the heyday of British artists like Maxi Priest and Bitty McLean -- singer Gappy Ranks brings U.K. reggae to world. Born Jacob Lee Williams, the London-based artist was struggling to keep from being homeless when his career began, but working with radio and playing numerous live shows helped him step up. In 2009 he signed with Greensleeves, releasing his debut album for the label, Put the Stereo On, in 2010. The throwback effort was filled with nostalgia for the reggae of the ‘60s, but his 2011 release Thanks & Praise was more forward-thinking, featuring many dancehall cuts and a sure R&B influence. ~ David JeffriesPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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