MIRAMAR – On October 21st, 2008, Gyptian unveils his long-awaited sophomore release I Can Feel Your Pain on VP Records. Evolving into a world class singer, Gyptian masters his timbre with his distinguished falsetto and innate ability to connect with his listeners, hence the reason for his album title.
From newcomers Imran “Fire Peter” Passard, John “FX” Crawford, Livity Movements and Ray Stephens to fellow production partner Kemar “Flavor” McGregor, this carefully constructed narrative meshes live one drop roots instrumentals and contemporary digital production with inflections of reggae, r&b, pop and rock.
With his real life depictions of ghetto hardships and love, Gyptian will strike a chord with his listeners on this 14 track collection. He opens with bittersweet laments, “Keep Your Calm” (Kemar “Flava” Mcgregor) then “Nobody No Cry” (Ray Stephen for Vertex Productions), painting a portrait of Jamaica’s devastatingly violent and corrupted landscape blended with rays of hope and resolution. His love songs are just as thought-provoking and sensitive. With charisma and grace, Gyptian’s voice floats effortlessly over the whimsical r&b tinged roots single “Where’s My Baby” (Livity Movements) and the title track produced by Imran “Fire Peter” Passard and FX Music, which is currently riding the reggae charts. Other standout tracks include the hypnotic one drop smoker’s anthem “Sensi” (Ray Stephens) and the melody driven tribute “Thanks and Praise” (Imran “Fire Peter” Passard).
Lying between baritone and tenor vocals, Gyptian can’t be pigeonholed into one sound. In 2005, he introduced a bold new voice that swept Jamaican airwaves with his incendiary hit “Serious Times,” which was declared Jamaica’s Most Important Song of 2005 beating out Junior Gong Marley’s Top Ten Billboard hit “Welcome to Jamrock”. Vibe Magazine stated his first single was sung in a “voice like liquid gold. And before the synthesized and digitally altered modulations of R&B hit maker T-Pain and the emerging Jamaican star Demarco were on the scene, Gyptian had mastered this sound that now sets the trend (seen on his debut album My Name Is Gyptian).
My Name Is Gyptian released on VP Records in Fall 2006 received widespread critical acclaim and attention. His first effort showcased “stripped-down, socially conscious tracks that evoke Marley at his most political,” according to Caribbean Travel & Life. The album also had a string of successful singles that dominated the reggae charts worldwide including “Serious Times”, “Beautiful Lady” and “Mama”.
Since then, the matured singer has spread his wings on the latest endeavor I Can Feel Your Pain telling a poignant story of love and letdown with his non-traditional sound.