2001 from Cane Juice Music, and the more reggae-influenced In the Rhythm (which she co-produced with Richard Alderson and featured the veteran Jamaican rhythm section of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare) followed in 2005 released by Pony Canyon International in Japan. Recently Couch has recorded a tribute album to the great Desmond Dekker which will soon be released on I-tunes.
Notorious for her food as well as her music, Couch is known to barter unforgettable meals for rehearsal time from her band. Not a bad tradeoff considering her incredible track record as chef extraordinaire, the proof of the pudding shown in the past and present success of her lately re-branded Café Whatson restaurant. Recently Couch has been knighted Creative Director for popular NYC-based Jamaican eatery Miss Lily’s, where she created their signature line of Jerk Bar B Que sauces(distributed in Gourmet Garage, Dean and De Luca and Whole Foods) which out of over 2000 entries in total for the awards, Miss Lily's Jerk BBQ Sauce has been chosen as one of the five finalists in the Outstanding Cooking Sauce or Flavor Enhancer for the Specialty Food Association's Sofi Awards - the Oscar's of the food product industry! The finals will be in June of 2014. With food segments on Kelsey’s Essentials (cooking channel) and several treatment ideas in the works, it seems Couch doesn’t slow down. But why should she?
Since becoming more devoted to a career as a recording artiste, he has been named Best New Artiste for the year 2002 by ER (Entertainment Report) on TVJ and has given outstanding performances on several local and international shows including Jamaica Jazz and Blues, Rebel Salute, ATI, Fully Loaded, St. Mary Mi Come From ,Unity Splash, and several Reggae Month events, among others. His international appearances include extensive tours of the Caribbean, the United States, Canada and Europe. As a prolific and witty songwriter he has penned songs for Artistes such as Etana, George Nooks, Singing Melody, Bushman, and Luciano, and has also been the creator of numerous instrumental tracks receiving local and international penetration.
In 2012, Bryan Art registered his record label, Junction Files Muzik, his first major step to creating an independent organizational structure. Later in 2013 he decided to seek a new management team in order to execute his re energized vision . He has assembled a group of young , skilled and talented local musicians who are now known as the File 13 Band which , as a unit has been supporting Bryan Art's live performances and winning over the hearts of local and international music lovers. He also released his self-titled album in April 2013, making it an overall productive year.
Born in St. Ann, Jamaica, Bryan Grant, recalls playing the guitar before the tender age of eight. His keen interest in music was ignited by his eldest brother, but it was his mother who taught him his first three primary chords on which he learned to improvise and build for years to come. His major sources of inspiration continue to be, Dennis Brown, Beres Hammond, Toots Hibbert as well as Stevie Wonder and Al Green.Today Bryan Art continues to bring a fresh voice, image and attitude to the industry gaining him thousands of fans as well as the respect of the music fraternity.
He also attained the highest grade for a recital at the institution in May 2013 when he presented his final year recital. In addition, he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz and Popular Music Studies with a major in steelpan and second study in drums and other percussion instruments in May 2013 with honors, and also received the “Vibart Seaforth Award” For Musical Excellence.
Moreover, Mr. Baptiste was also awarded a “National Youth Award” for Outstanding Performance in Music from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Culture in S.V.G, October 2013.
His entry to EMC’s School of Music signaled the beginning of a rewarding experience that has resulted in significant improvements in his musical knowledge, professional development and overall development as a musician. His advanced performing capabilities were formed from the wealth of experiences garnered from performances as a soloist and with steel orchestras and jazz and pop ensembles.
Highlights of Reajhaun’s extensive performance career include:
- 1st Caribbean Steelband Championship, Grenada (2001)- A competition for the top Caribbean steelbands.
- Moods of Pan Festival, Antigua (2005 and 2006)- An annual steelpan festival for five piece steelbands.
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Blues and Rhythm festival(2006)- performed at his homeland premier music festival with the Rhythmix steel orchestra of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and share the stage with International artistes such as Jeffrey Osborne and Millie Jackson.
- Seven a Side Steelpan Competition, Barbados (2007)- A steelpan competition for seven piece steelbands.
- ICC Cricket World Cup Closing Ceremony, Barbados (2007)- was selected to participate in a 300 member steelband which was the major performance at the ceremony, and was broadcasted live worldwide.
- ØØ 11th Common Wealth Youth Forum Cultural Extravaganza,Entebbe, Uganda (2007)- The Soloist chosen to represent the entire English speaking Caribbean at the Cultural expo.
- 10th Carifesta, Guyana (2008)- Part of a trio chosen to represent Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at the 10th Caribbean festival of arts.
- Pan Extravaganza concert at the Kingston Parish Church, Jamaica (2010)- performed as a solo guest artist at the annual steelband extravaganza, showcasing the top church steelbands ensemble in Jamaica, performing different genres and styles of music including Gospel.
- Music Unites Jamaica Jazz ‘n more concert, Jamaica (2011)- performed as a soloist and shared the stage with internationally acclaimed Jamaican Jazz pianist Orville Hammond, renowned Dominican vocalist Marie Claire and Guitar virtuoso from Italy Samuele Vivian.
- Edna Manley College, The School of Music 50 years celebration concert, Jamaica (2011)- performed as a soloist to commemorate 50 strong years of the institution at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMC).
- German ambassador to Jamaica residence, Jamaica (2011)- performed for the cocktail reception at the night of carol singing at the ambassador’s residence.
- 21st Cuba International Book fair in Havana, Cuba (2012)- performed as part of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines delegation of musicians selected to perform with other Cuban musicians, as part of a cultural showcase.
- Historic Ward Theatre 100th anniversary cultural celebration, Jamaica (2012)- performed on behalf of the Edna Manley College of
- Music at the 100th anniversary celebrations of the largest theatre in the English Caribbean.
- Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, Jamaica (2013)- performed at Jamaica’s premier music festival with the group “ Strings and Steel” and shared the stage with International artistes such as nine time Grammy award singer and song writer Mary J Blige and Grammy award winner Michael Bolton.
- Honors Recital, Jamaica (2013)- was selected by a panel of judges to performed at the Edna Manley College of Music Honors Recital, showcasing the top solo performers at the institution.
- 11th Carifesta, Suriname (2013)- Part of a duo chosen to represent Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at the 11th Caribbean festival of arts.
- amaica Jazz and Blues Festival, Jamaica (2014)- performed at Jamaica’s premier music festival on the talent stage with his band.
Legendary Reggae Singer , Half Pint
Pint’s prolific song writing ability was officially recognized with the cover of “Winsome” by world renowned rock group, The Rolling Stones in 1987 and which they renamed “Too Rude”; and by the pop group Sublime’s adaptation of “Loving” in 1996. An extremely hard-working artist, this singer has continued to maintain a presence through various tours and guest appearances. He has played to non-traditional audiences at world music festivals including rock concerts and has consistently found new fans with each gig. Roberts’ exposure to the big screen has come with the movies The Mighty Quinn (1989), Substitute 2 (1998), and Mookie (1999), all Original Motion Picture Soundtracks. Appearances on major music television channels like MTV, has farther helped to encrypt the respect he enjoys from industry personnel and fans alike, solidifying his reputation as one of reggae’s few living legends. In 1998, Half Pint was endowed with one of the greatest honors of his career when he signed with the prestigious BMG Music Publishing Company. To date, he is the only reggae singer to accomplish this feat and has in the process, joining fellow Sony/BMG artists including Whitney Houston and other world music giants as a member of the Sony/BMG family.
Despite being noticeably absent from the recording studios for most of this decade, Half Pint enjoyed relative success on Legal We Legal (his first studio album within a ten-year period). This was followed by a 15 city US tour with Anthony B. With BMG Music Publishing and Half Pint Music Inc. He was armed and ready to rule the new millennium with a bang!
As a man recognized the world over for his positive contribution to the upliftment of mankind through reggae music, Pint was presented with “The Key to The City of Lauderdale Lakes” by the Mayor of the Florida suburb in 2000. The future looks particularly bright for this artist who has demonstrated that trends are indeed transient. As he sings on his album Closer to You, he will be around for a long time to “Pass it On” with “justice, peace, and unity” through quality lyrics and songs.
Half Pint was featured on Sly & Robbie’s 25th Anniversary US Tour along with Tony Rebel and Heineken Startime appearances in December 2004 in Jamaica. His work with the California based band, DubCat has also opened up the doors to a new generation of fans of this great artists’ music as well as keeping busy on the road performing to his many fans worldwide. New York based Sotti Records label released a Pint single in 2005, “Wha Ya Wan,” a updated remake of his classic “Winsome” with R&B singer (and former Ruff Ryder) DIA.