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Reggae-Influenced Texan Singer Cas Haley Releases New Album in September

CAS HALEY’S EASY STAR RECORDS DEBUT CONNECTION

TO RELEASE ON SEPTEMBER 14

Cas Haley

On September 14th, 2010, Cas Haley will release Connection, his debut release on Easy Star Records.  The 13-song album features a bold mix of reggae, pop, rock, blues and soul, with an emphasis on Cas’ versatile voice and effortless songwriting.

Cas first entered the national spotlight in 2007 as a contestant on the second season of the hit TV show America’s Got Talent.  He quickly became a fan favorite with his natural talent and effervescent personality and finished the season in second place.  An album was quickly released to capitalize on the success of AGT, and sold over 30,000 units in the US without a marketing campaign, radio promotion or extensive distribution. The self-titled album finished 2008 as #8 on the Billboard Reggae Chart.

Connection was recorded in Cas’ hometown of Paris, Texas and mixed in Los Angeles by Danny Kalb (Ben Harper, Beck). Besides Cas’ hallmark influence of reggae throughout the record, there are also elements of soul, blues and pop.  “Better,” “Time And Truth,” and “I’m Free” are all rich with autobiographical lyrics reflective of Cas’ childhood to the present.  Music fans will quickly recognize and appreciate Cas’ only cover on the album, a stunning interpretation of Alicia Keys’ “No One.”  Also included. is a bonus version of the single “Better.”  The track was remixed in a hardcore roots-reggae style by Easy Star’s musical director Michael Goldwasser.

“I consider Connection my real debut album because it is who I am from start to finish,” says Cas, who previously walked away from a major-label record deal because of artistic differences.

Easy Star Records, the leading U.S.-based independent reggae label, is the ideal home for an eclectic artist like Cas Haley. “We have been stretching further away from being strictly a roots-reggae-only label for a while with a progressive roster of bands and artists including John Brown’s Body,Tommy T and The Black Seeds,” says Easy Star CEO Eric Smith. “Cas’ sound is unique and accessible.  It’s not often we come across a singer-songwriter this talented, regardless of genre, so we had to work with him.”

Cas Haley will be on tour throughout the summer and fall across the U.S. promoting Connection. For more information, and an updated tour itinerary, please visit www.cashaley.net

For media inquiries, contact Crissa Requate (crissa@musicallies.com) at Music Allies (828.252.6300)

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DJ Makeda Dread spins a special ‘Tribute to Sugar Minott’ Reggae Makossa show

Reggae Makossa #84 Tribute to Sugar Minott

Reggae Makossa #84

Makeda Dread was a dear friend of Sugar Minott for many years.  Makeda dedicates this Reggae Makossa show to wonderful reggae artist and very special person.  Through his music Sugar Minott will live on forever in our hearts.  Tune in as Makeda brings you the best of his works.  ONE LOVE
About Sugar Minott:

Lincoln Sugar Minott was born in Kingston on May 25: 1956. He virtually grew up in a dancehall: living next door to a sound system on Chisholm Avenue. Graduating from Kingston College Extension School at the age of 19 after attending Melrose Primary: he actually believed that football would be his calling as he was an excellent goal keeper. After a stint at electrical engineering: which he quickly abandoned opting to follow his love for music: he followed various sound systems and eventually became a selector for a small sound system called Sounds of Silence Keystone.

Joining Tony Tuff and Derrick Howard to form the group African Brothers: Sugar stepped out into his musical career. After competing in several talent contests: the African Brothers went on to record several cultural and conscious songs for different producers including Sir Coxone Dodd. Although the African Brothers never had a major hit the experience of singing taught Sugar much about harmony and melody which he successfully utilized in his solo career. His introduction to Studio One resulted in him becoming a studio apprentice: quickly learning the art of record production. He was eager to voice new tunes on the timeless rhythms in Coxone’s vault.

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