Destiny, they say is what's meant to be, and destiny is what's unfolding for Irie Love.
Her father, a former NFL linebacker, must have been inspired when he gave her that name, her real name, at birth. She was named after the Third World song "Irie Ites". Born in Hawaii to a father with Jamaican roots, she also carries Dutch, English and Native American blood in her lineage.
She started taking her passion for music seriously after a leg injury crushed her hopes of playing in the WNBA. After a state wide competition in High School, which Irie Love won to represent her school, Quiet Storm Records signed her. They released her first single, a reggae rendition of Chaka Khan's classic, "Tell Me Something Good" on a compilation called Roots Music Vol. 2. Quiet Storm Records singled her out to be the 'face' of the promotion for the CD. They made life-size posters of her along with her picture on the CD jacket. Irie Love began opening for major reggae acts in Hawaii, including Steel Pulse, Damian & Julian Marley, Michael Rose, Don Carlos and Big Mountain, Yellow Man, Eek-A-Mouse and Gregory Isaacs.
At Azusa Pacific University Irie Love majored in Music with a vocal focus and a minor Business. She was trained in Opera and Classical voice, and received professional voice training. Irie Love also taught herself how to play the acoustic Guitar and Ukulele. All the experiences in music and voice landed her professional backup vocal jobs with PINK, David Hollister and Chaka Khan to name a few. She writes almost all of her songs and has done vocal production for a number of American artistes.
In Jamaica, Irie Love entered the 2006 Red Stripe IrieFm Big Break Contest for upcoming artistes. Of seven hundred contestants she was selected among the top 12 finalists who vied for the winning spot; an experience that led her to be one of the favorites, and the most recognizable face among the group.
In April 2007, Irie Love became the first female artiste signed to the Morgan Heritage, Gedion Music production company. Since then she has been touring the world as the opening act for Morgan Heritage. Her EP entitled "EHIKU" is set to release in October 2008 and her debut album "The Life of "LOVE" is set to be released in early 2009.
Look out for her first single "It Was Me", produced by Stephen McGregor, currently in rotation in Europe, the UK and many other countries. Aside from touring with Morgan Heritage Irie Love has performed on such shows as Western Consciousness, Rebel Salute, East Fest,Uppsala in Sweden, UCLA Reggae and Jazz Festival and many more.
Irie Love's deep grasp on Reggae, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Hip Hop & Dancehall, makes it difficult for her to be 'boxed' into any specific genre. To that she says, "I want my music to speak for itself." And she is ready to say to the world, "Aloha".
Visit IRIE LOVE at myspace.com/irielovemusic.
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