b. Ian Dyer, c.1969, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Dyer migrated with his family to Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, USA where he completed his education. Inspired by Dennis Brown, Dyer practised singing along to his idol’s recordings (he has also acknowledged the influence of Beres Hammond). His easygoing vocals impressed the New York-based producer Barry Dread. Dread, who was dating Dyer’s aunt, took him to the recording studio. The producer suggested the Americanised ‘Eazy’ appellation would correspond with the young singer’s relaxed melodic approach, although this was later changed to ‘Easy’. Following his experience in studio work Mr. Easy auditioned for the notorious Show Time At The Apollo. This was quite a challenge as the demanding Harlem audience were reprehensible in their critical approach to aspiring artists. The young vocalist survived the ordeal, winning approval from the masses. He also earned the distinction of being the first reggae singer to perform at the televised show. A notable viewer was the producer Quincy Jones who was inspired to sign Mr. Easy for a recording contract. By 1995 his career was firmly established. It was at this time that Mr. Easy’s manager approached Dave ‘Rude Boy’ Kelly to produce the singer in sessions alongside the Mad House crew. This recording arrangement produced material for a projected second album. Determined to overcome any obstacle in his way the singer also formed an allegiance with Sting International where he performed alongside Shaggy, Rayvon and Baja Jedd. The Sting crew toured the UK, Japan and the Caribbean, where they were greeted with high acclaim. On his return Mr. Easy was recruited alongside, Wayne Wonder, Frisco Kid, Spragga Benz, Alley Cat, Baby Cham and Textra to perform as part of Kelly’s Mad House crew. Since Mr. Easy’s initial association with Kelly the clique had become known as Alias. The non-hierarchical group toured the USA where the singer enjoyed further accolades. Backed by the Kaushan Band the artists performed as soloists and in combination while also rejecting the notion of a headline act. Notable hits with Alias included a version of the popular ‘Bruk Out’-rhythm, ‘Murder’, while on the ‘Joy Ride’-rhythm Mr. Easy recorded the allegedly homophobic ‘Funny Man’ in combination with Baby Cham. The singer maintained his profile with ‘Rain Again’, the most popular tune on the ‘Showtime’-rhythm. In 1998 Mr. Easy embarked on sessions with Beres Hammond through the singer’s Harmony House production team. In 1999 he teamed up with Hammond’s nephew, Yogie, on the traditional-sounding reggae groove ‘You Got To Be Strong’.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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