Rising Jamaican Reggae Star, Edge Michael, Wins “Top Album” Honors

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The western Jamaica-based Linkz 96FM recently hosted its second annual Linkz Awards at Margaritaville in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Linkz Awards recognizes contributions, which talents from western Jamaica have made to the development of the Jamaican entertainment industry. This unique awards ceremony honors various categories and aspects of the entertainment industry including: artistes, promoters, producers, sound systems, events and venues. The biggest surprise of the evening occurred when up-and-coming reggae star, EDGE MICHAEL, whom is actually nephew of reggae legend Peter Tosh, won the award for “Top Album” for his independently released 2009 album entitled Cornucopia, beating out Universal Cure by Jah Cure and Montego Bay by Queen Africa. Internationally acclaimed reggae entertainer Jimmy Cliff received the Linkz 96FM “Lifetime Achievement Award”.

Cornucopia is the follow-up to EDGE MICHAEL’S 2007 (self released) Rebel With A Cause CD, which garnered considerable buzz in Jamaica and Europe. Propelled by catchy songs like: Jah is King, Hotter Than Hot, Best Friend, Motivation and the title track, Rebel With A Cause was selected as one of the Top Ten Reggae Album Picks of the Year in 2007 by Radio Reggae Trade http://www.radioreggaetrade.com, cementing EDGE MICHAEL’S future as an artist to watch.

Known for delivering conscientious reggae with a hint of lover’s rock, EDGE MICHAEL consistently delivers flava’ for your ear. Cornucopia is an outstanding mixture of melodic reggae tracks, which provide a little something for music lovers of all ages. The first single, the ever-popular Delilah (remix), is picking up steam, much like 50 Cent’s In da’ Club and Eminem’s The Real Slim Shady did, and it is in line to become this summer’s party anthem.

With tracks like You and I and You’ve Got My Love, Cornucopia appeals to the romantic in all of us. When singing ballads EDGE MICHAEL is often compared to reggae greats: Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Beres Hammond, Freddie McGregor, Lucky Dube, Maxi Priest and current hit makers Sanchez and Wayne Wonder, but it’s his ability to marvelously weave everyday experiences into song, reminiscent of the talents of Wyclef Jean, that undoubtedly resonates with listeners. This talent is beautifully displayed on Help, Famine, Mr. Babylon, Lessons and Real Enemy. Also receiving considerable praise is the infectious track Same Faces, which is a riveting song about societies need for change.

Simply put, Cornucopia delivers a smooth flow of emotional love songs and roots reggae with a twist of reality check about the times we live in. It’s not often that you can slip in a CD, especially one by a self-released artist, and joyfully listen from beginning to end but that’s what you get with Cornucopia. EDGE MICHAEL compact discs are available at http://www.CDBaby.com and on http://www.itunes.com.

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