TYRESE, GINUWINE & TANK JOIN REGGAES GROOVIN IN THE PARK CONCERT
American Music Award winning singer Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank, who collectively are members of R&B supergroup TGT will join reggae stars Toots Hibbert & the Maytals, Cocoa Tea, Barrington Levy and Queen Ifrica as headline acts for the 3rd annual Groovin In The Park concert which unfolds at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens New York on Sunday, June 30th 2013.
“Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank as members of TGT and as solo performers have graced some of the biggest festivals in world and we are just excited that we were able to book them for our festival and present them to music fans here in the tri-state area” Groovin Inc. founder and CEO Christopher Roberts said. The three successful R&B singers have been best friends for more than a decade. In fact Tyrese was the best man at Ginuwine's wedding. In an interview, Tyrese noted that he Ginuwine and Tank had spoken about forming TGT for many years, as it would be the "ultimate R&B fan experience" to see them perform live.
“Me, Tank and Ginuwine been talking about this forever. The reason why this makes sense is that besides all of us being R&B singers, we're all good friends. Every time I see Tank, every time I see Ginuwine, we all had good energy regardless" he gushed.
Tyrese, an accomplished rapper, actor, author, fashion model and MTV VJ gained international attention in 1994 after he appeared in a Coca-Cola ad. After releasing several successful albums, he transitioned into films, with lead roles in several Hollywood blockbusters including '2 Fast 2 Furious,' 'Waist Deep' and 'Transformers.' Among his biggest hit songs that will have female fans screaming for more are 'Latel,' 'How U Gonna Act Like That,' 'Sweet Lady,' 'Alter Ego' and 'On Top Of Me.' Soul Train Award winner Ginuwine has proven himself to be one of R&B's pre-eminent idols during the heyday of hip-hop soul. His sultry, seductive crooning has earned him a substantial female following and made him a regular presence on the R&B charts over the years. His powerful vocals have graced some of the biggest songs of our time including 'All Night All Day,' 'Bedda Man,' 'Differences' and 'G. Thang.'
Grammy nominated singer Tank has a hefty catalogue of hit songs dating back to his 2001 release 'Maybe I Deserve' that climbed to the number #7 position on the US R&B charts. Tank has one of the most recognizable names in modern R&B and is known for his sensual love songs, that harp back to masters like Marvin Gaye and Al Green. Among his popular songs that will have the ladies calling his name are 'Freaky,' 'Slowly,' 'One Man,' 'Come Over' (with Aaliyah), 'Please Don't Go,' 'I Can't Make You Love Me' and 'Emergency.'
Toots Hibbert, Barrington Levy, Queen Ifrika and Coco Tea to perform
New York: Groovin Inc., the promoters of the annual New York City music extravaganza Groovin In The Park are very pleased to announce their third annual concert for Sunday June 30 for Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York. The announcement was made at the event launch at the Consulate General of Jamaica in Manhattan recently.
“I am personally very delighted that my team and I have been able to perfect our game plan and return to Roy Wilkins Park for the third year with another world class production that is guaranteed to thrill music lovers across the New York tri-state region”, Chris Roberts, founder and CEO of Groovin Inc. announced today.
This year’s lineup is more dazzling that ever and includes reggae’s most illustrious living legend Toots Hibbert alongside iconic hit machines Barrington Levy, Cocoa Tea and Queen Ifrica. Additional acts will be announced later.
Although Groovin In The Park is only heading in its third year, this eclectic New York City event that synergizes the most awe-inspiring talent from the planets of reggae and R & B has already cemented an enviable reputation as the summer concert that is not to be missed.
This year the event promises to be a ravishing treat for reggae lovers who will have the opportunity to see Toots, icon and former lead singer from the classic 60s group The Maytals doing nostalgic anthems such as 54-46, Sweet & Dandy and Monkey Man. Equally enrapturing will be a rare performance in New York City by the modern day Fyah Mumma Queen Ifrica who typically has audiences chanting her ever last word in live performances. And of course, the anthologies of both Barrington Levy and Cocoa Tea have defined excellence in reggae music over the past three decades, so fans attending Groovin In The Park this year are in for a truly special treat.
"I am excited about performing at Groovin In The Park on Sunday, April 30th. It is gonna be a grooving event" veteran reggae legend Toots told the gathering at the launch. "I am encouraging families to come out early and enjoy the event."
In its first two years, Groovin In The Park has succeeded in electrifying New York City with legends such as Beres Hammond, Jimmy Cliff, Beenie Man, Boyz 11 Men, Kenny “Baby Face” Edmonds, Tarrus Riley, Machel Montano, Gladys Knight and others.
Among the special invited guests attending the launch were Herman LaMont, Consul General to Jamaica, NY; Caribbean Food Delights founder & CEO Vincent HoSang and his daughter Sabrina HoSang COO; Shelton Rose, Grace Kennedy, Market Manager, Northern US; Eddy Edwards Chairman Jamaican Jerk Festival USA; Trevor Scotland, SQPA Director of Marketing; veteran radio host Gil Bailey; Chris Chin CEO VP Records; Irwine Clare, CEO Team Jamaica Bickle; Bob Desouza, CEO Trans Continental Shipping; executives from the Groovin Inc. team among others.
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Toots and the Maytals, originally called simply The Maytals, are considered legends of ska and reggae music. Their sound is a unique, original combination of gospel, ska, soul, reggae and rock. Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, the leader of the group, was born in May Pen in the Parish of Clarendon, Jamaica. He was the youngest of seven children. He grew up singing gospel music in a church choir, but moved to Kingston in 1961 at the tender age of sixteen.
In Kingston, Hibbert met Henry “Raleigh” Gordon and Nathaniel “Jerry” McCarthy, forming a group whose early recordings were attributed to “The Flames” and, possibly, “The Vikings”. Having renamed the group the Maytals, the vocal trio recorded their first album, “Never Grow Old – presenting the Maytals”, for producer Clement “Coxsone” Dodd at Studio One in 1962-63. With musical backing from Dodd’s house band, the legendary Skatalites, the Maytals’ close-harmony gospel singing ensured instant success for the 1964 release, overshadowing Dodd’s other up-and-coming gospel trio, The Wailers. The original album augmented by studio out-takes from the Studio One sessions was re-released by Heartbeat/Rounder Records in 1997, and is essential listening for Maytals and Skatalites fans.
After staying at Studio One for about two years, the group moved on to do sessions for Prince Buster (released in 1974) before recording their second album produced by Byron Lee in 1965 . However, the band’s musical career was rudely interrupted in late 1966 when Hibbert was arrested and imprisoned on drugs possession charges.
Following Hibbert’s release from jail towards the end of 1967, the band officially changed their name to Toots and the Maytals and began working with Chinese-Jamaican producer Leslie Kong, a collaboration which produced three classic albums and a string of hits throughout the late sixties and early seventies – “Do the Reggay”, a 1968 single widely credited with coining the word reggae, “Pressure Drop”, “54-46 was my number” and “Monkey Man”, the group’s first international hit in 1970 . The group was featured in one of reggae’s greatest breakthrough events – The Harder They Come, the 1972 film and soundtrack starring Jimmy Cliff, named as one of Vanity Fair’s Top 10 Best Soundtracks of all time.
Following Kong’s death in 1971, the group continued to record with Kong’s former sound engineer, Warwick Lyn; produced by Lyn and Chris Blackwell of Island Records, the group released three best-selling albums, and enjoyed international hits with Funky Kingston in 1973 and Reggae Got Soul in 1976.
Toots and the Maytals’ compositions would be given a second airing in 1978-80 during the reggae-punk and ska revival period in the UK, when The Specials included “Monkey Man” on their 1979 debut album and The Clash produced their version of “Pressure Drop”. Having toured throughout the world for many years, Toots and the Maytals disbanded in the early 1980s, but reformed in the early 90s to continue touring and recording successfully. Sublime recorded cover versions of some Maytals songs in the 1990s as well.
The band recently won the 2005 Grammy award for best reggae album True Love, an album consisting of re-recorded versions of their classics alongside popular and legendary musicians such as Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, and Keith Richards, as well as popular artists today such as No Doubt, Ben Harper, The Roots, and Shaggy.
Toots and the Maytals remains a relevant influence on today’s global music scene with artists from Amy Winehouse to Sublime re-recording classic tracks. Toots recieved another Grammy nomination for his 2008 release “Light Your Light. In recent years Toots has toured with The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow and Los Lonely Boys.
Always recording when not touring “Flip & Twist” wwas released on 4/20/10 on Toot’s own D & F Music label. Look for Toots performing some of his greatest hits at this years staging of Groovin In The Park, Sunday June 30th, ROY WILKINS PARK, MERRICK & BAISLEY BLVD. QUEENS NY 11434.
Veteran singers Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank are on a mission to bring back old school R&B music.
The three veteran R&B singers came together to form the new group TGT for Tyrese, Genuwine, and Tank. The group recently inked a deal with Atlantic Records that will see them releasing new music in the near future.
“It’s called bringing that real thing back…real men, real singing, real love,” Tanks said, while Tyrese called the group “The Avengers.”
“While y’all sleeping, we creeping,” Ginuwine said in a promo video released online.
The trio are currently in the studio working on their debut album under the group’s moniker TGT.
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