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Beres Hammond, a revered Jamaican singer/songwriter, is celebrated for his influential role in reggae music, blending soulful vocals with diverse riddim tracks, and standing alongside legends like Toots, Gregory, Dennis, and Bob. His career spans over five decades, marked by a distinctive smoky-sweet voice and hits like the 1985 dancehall breakthrough “What One Dance Can Do,” and the 1990s album A Love Affair which elevated his popularity. In total, he has put out 11 albums with VP Records across his storied career, beginning with Have a Nice Weekend in 1998.
The 1990s saw Hammond’s rise with classics like “Putting Up Resistance,” “Come Back Home,” and “Double Trouble,” asserting his prominence in the genre. Hammond pioneered the trend of reggae artists self-producing their music in the 1990s, attracting Jamaica’s top musicians to collaborate in his home studio, known for its classic analog sound. His commitment to classical reggae elements was evident in hits like “They Gonna Talk,” recorded with the Roots Radics, emphasizing live instrumentation over technology.
Internationally, he’s known for his collaboration on Maxi Priest’s American hit “How Can We Ease The Pain” and his 1994 album In Control with Elektra Records. Hammond’s albums Music Is Life, A Moment In Time, and One Love, One Life achieved critical acclaim, with the former two topping the Billboard Reggae Albums chart and featuring hit tracks like “Rock Away” and “I Feel Good.” His 2018 album Never Ending topped charts again, and in 2021, he hosted the globally streamed event “Love From A Distance Live,” featuring artists like Buju Banton, drawing over 120,000 viewers.