b. Thomas Williams, Stuyvesant, New York, USA. The cousin of R&B/soul singer Betty Wright, Williams began his music career in 1984 as a child when he performed as Big Belly Youth for the Golden Touch sound system in New York. His stage name, a reference to his stature, was given to him by Nitty Gritty. The local production team of Ras Shaka and Knotty B recorded Williamsâ€™ debut, â€˜You Say You Love Jahâ€™, over the rhythm of the Bob Marleyâ€™s â€˜Natural Mysticâ€™. With the revival of roots and culture Ras Shaka advised the singer to change his name to Ras Shiloh. Under the new moniker he released a series of roots tunes, including â€˜Timeâ€™ and â€˜Jah Callingâ€™. In the mid-90s, having established his career in New York, Ras Shiloh relocated to Jamaica. The singer embarked on a series of recording sessions with top producers including, Donovan Germain (â€˜Child Of A Slaveâ€™) and Tony Rebel (â€˜Are You Satisfiedâ€™). With Buju Banton, Ras Shiloh performed â€˜Give I Strengthâ€™, that was featured on Bantonâ€™s Inna Heights. In November 1997, the singer returned to New York where Ras Shiloh & Idrens Chants was released to critical acclaim. The stand-out tracks include â€˜Virtuous Womanâ€™, â€˜Cocaine Cowboysâ€™, and a classic combination with Shelene Thomas on â€˜Caught Up In The Circleâ€™. He embarked on a tour of the east coast with Rebel and the Flames crew followed by a tour of Europe supporting Yammie Bolo. In addition to his hectic touring schedule Ras Shiloh worked on sessions for his second album with Knotty B and Noel Alphonso (the son of Roland Alphonso). To promote Babylon You Doom he participated in New Yorkâ€™s Culturama festival and the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and toured Florida and the west coast. Further hits ensued including, â€˜Brass Gatesâ€™, â€˜Child Of A Slaveâ€™ and â€˜Are You Satisfiedâ€™. In 1999, the singer performed in 48 major cities of the USA, Canada and the Caribbean as well as a making a guest appearance on the Jay Leno television show in America. His third album, Listen Well, featured guest productions from artists such as Rebel, Morgan Heritage, and Philip â€˜Fatisâ€™ Burrell.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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