Roots, Reggae, Culture
Isiah Mentor was born in Rae town, Kingston Jamaica. Relocated to Spanish Town St Catherine Jamaica where is music career started. He did his first concert for The ministry of health a benefit concert. From there his recognition grew in Spanish Town performing at major venues like The prison oval with Jamaica’s top Acts. He became a member of the king Tubbys recording studio with the name Lilly melody, did songs (no pressure me) , (how you pretty so) (older than me) to name a few.
In The USA he recorded for Philip smart HCF records,did songs like (cease fire selector) , ( Big Inna Bed) to name a few. He also did the famous (give it to me ) album as Lilly melody for Park Heights records Brooklyn. Isiah started his own record label called Village Rootz records then relocated to Shasamame Ethiopia, he produced his first album as Isiah mentor titled (Rasta government) , ( reggae star Time vol 1) with reggae top Artists. Isiah been touring the world recording and promoting New projects. Isiah Mentor is re invented and re emerging as a more stronger and spiritually powerful Artist.
Looking forward to the near future Isiah is ready to unleash Big productions From his Village Rootz labels and other labels worldwide. You can fine All of Isiah Mentor releases on all major digital download sites and vinyl record stores. Isiah Mentor is on all social media platforms. Check him out , Link him and his team up. Raspect..
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Singles:: Gang Land, Jah Is Real, God A Go Deal With Dem
Isiah was surrounded by music 24-7.His great Aunt, Miss Lore was a political vocalist. Every household had a sound system with music to sing . His family’s reaction brought him to realize that he had talent.
Isiah started to sing at school, Tivoli Garden High School in Kingston when they had concerts or functions.
Surrounding communities and his friends, spread the word fast of his talent . The Ministry of Health held a concert for the sick in Spanish town Isiah was one of the first talents on the line up.
He became the most recognized new Artist in Spanish town. Promoters and night club owners had him performing on weekends .He performed with fellow artists such as Anthony Redrose, Wicka man ,Papa san, Major worries, Dirts man, just to name a few.
Isiah relocated to Central Village, St. Catherine where his career took off like a rocket, He quickly became the top vocalist in dancehall and
landed the job as sound vocalist on a sound from New Kingston that substituted for U Roy’s Stereo Gav whenever it was on tour or needed maintenance. He also sang for the area number 1 sound called Runner Tone. He did one of his tours around the islands .Isiah was singing on a sound called Count Bassi Intl in Old Harbor where he met King Tubby and studio engineer, “Professor” who was very impressed with his performance, Professor told Isiah to meet him at the studio in Water House, Kingston ,Jamaica He became a member of the Fire House Crew.
At king Tubby’s, Isiah recorded dub plate specials for sound systems worldwide ,sounds like Coxon, Saxon ,Arrows ,Stereo malt, Wadat, Stereo Gav,Unity, just to name a few.
KING TUBBY “ the King” , he was called .was and still is the most respected Producer in Jamaica . Most top Reggae Artists recorded for him and Isiah got the chance to work and meet him.
Reggae magazines and radio personalities from around the world came to Water House to interview King. Artists like Black Uhuru ,Ini kamozi ,Burning Spear,Barrington Levy,The Wailers,Edi Fitzroy and Dennis Brown,You can hear all these artists in Isiah singing styles. Thats the school he came from .
He got his first show over seas in New York with Johnny Osborne , LT stitchi ,Little John all produced by Clinton Lynsy ,He got more shows , traveled back and forth from America to England doing shows.
While performing in the U.S ,he ran into “PROFESSOR” his first help in the biz so both him, Philip Smart from H.C and F co-produced “BIG INA BED” that went # 2 on the New York charts and the British Reggae charts.
Up to this point his name was Lilly Melody ,a name he got when living at Central Village He was always singing by the river early mornings with lots of lily flowers around.
He went on to do a few more singles and shows for some Independent producers as Lilly Melody. Isiah was getting older and started to feel he has to help the human race from self destruction so he took a break from writing , recording to re-educate him self mentally to go on this mission, He got re-energized by Luciano, Sizzla and Garnett Silk, then felt he had to work on his art and step it up a notch .
During one of his daily meditations, Jah Rastafar -I came to him in a vision and told him why he was here, his mission, and his name should be symbolic of his work, ISIAH MENTOR.
He recorded singles for music”Witty”Master Label like Zion Train, Everything and Stronger , also recorded for the Golden Cartel Label Road Block ,Black Pyramid prod-Only Jah, Agrian from Black Scorpio,”What have you Done”, Reggae Run de Place”,Astyle records” Far from home” ,this song was on the New York top 30 charts for 6 weeks.
Isiah started his own record label ,Village Roots Records and released one of the tuffest compilation cd on the market right now, Reggae Startime vol.1, with Tanya Stephens,Anthony B, Turbalance, Chuck Fender, Vybes Cartel, George
Nooks and Isiah mentor,a few on the 21 track
cd.This cd got very good reviews worldwide.
ISIAH’S NUMBER ONE HIT
In 2006 ,Isiah released one of his strongest tunes as of yet entitled ,“Fight Fight Fight”, which was released as a 7” single on In The Streetz Records. The tune was written and produced by Isiah Mentor on his label ,Village Roots Records along with a video that is being played all around the world. “Fight Fight Fight” is on some charts in Germany, Italy, and France to name a few and is #1 in New Mexico U.S.A. .He also voiced , produced another heavy Roots Anthem ,called “Rasta Government” which has gotten some serious credentials/feedback amongst the Jamaican roots-scene, and showed up on the charts in Italy during its first prerelease week.