Thereafter the group will perform in Clearwater and Jacksonville, Florida, Birmingham, AL, Atlanta, GA, Salem and Carrborro, NC, Myrtle Beach, SC, Columbus, OH, Chicago, IL, Milwaukee, WI and close out on January 26th at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN.
British Dependency brings Root, Heart, Soul to Reggae music by fusing various genres with their three piece ensemble, drum, guitar and bass. Their unique and eclectic sound appeals not only to those with a discerning musical palate but also those who are avid reggae fans.
Adding to their vintage sound is a fresh take on the overall feel and look of the band which consists of Anguilla's first female bass player, Joyah along with drummer, Jaiden and lead vocalist and guitar player, Ruel. With their mantra, "Creating music that reflects originality, talent, togetherness, bravery and wisdom. Our Music, Our Future, Our Independence," British Dependency released their debut album, Finding Wisdom, on November 19, 2013 which was followed by a Caribbean tour promoting the album through December 1, 2013.
Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. In England alone, they've notched up over twenty chart hits, including seven Top 10 entries. Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear.
The history of the band during Marley's lifetime is well known. However, apart from Marley, the Wailers have collaborated with Kenny Chesney, Eve, Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. They've also completed innumerable tours over the years, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe, including groundbreaking performances in Africa and the Far East. The anchor of the band is Aston "Family Man" Barrett, who in addition to being Marley's most trusted lieutenant, played on countless other classic reggae hits throughout the seventies.
The authenticity he brings to the Wailers' sound is indisputable and yet today's line-up combines old school know-how with lead vocals from one of Jamaica's most exciting new singers. Of the tour, British Dependency' Management team remarks, "this will undoubtedly be a once in a lifetime opportunity for the band and we couldn't be happier to begin another chapter of this journey in this regard. To say that the band is honored doesn't adequately relay their feelings.
Of course with this opportunity there is no room for error so the pressure is mounting. But I believe they are prepared both mentally and physically for what I expect will be an important turning point in their careers. The added bonus, the Anguilla Tourist Board and Sirius XM' The Joint has signed on as sponsors in support of the band. What a great way to begin 2014."