Eric Donaldson continues to push Reggae

February 25, 2020
Veteran Reggae artiste Eric Donaldson

Eric Donaldson, affectionately called ‘Mr. Festival’, having won the  popular Jamaica Festival Song Contest for an unmatched seven times, will once again enter the festival contest this year.

With a singing and recording career spanning over five decades, Donaldson will also be launching his new album, I Am In Love, in April.

Donaldson’s recording career started in 1964 with the group, the West Indians, under the guidance of producer, J.J. Johnson,with songs such as: Oh Lord, Why Lord; Bring It On Home to Me, and the memorable hit, Right On Time.

Donaldson first won the competition in 1971 with the popular hit Cherry Oh Baby.  He went on to win the festival competition in 1977 with Sweet Jamaica; Land of My Birth, 1978; Proud to be Jamaican, 1984; Big It Up,1993; Join the Line, 1995, and Peace and Love,1997. 

Donaldson says he has released 34 albums since his first song, ‘One More Kiss’, was done in 1964.

He also had sound advice for up-and-coming artistes.

"Sing songs with logic, because the songs are like education to the people. Music must bring love and joy to the people,” he said.

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