|Years active||2002 - present|
|Labels||Hot Coffee Music|
Gappy Ranks is a British dancehall musician of Jamaican and Dominican origin. He is also known as Jacob Lee Williams. His love for music started in his hometown Harlesden, London where he was born and raised.
At a young age he would perform for crowds within his hometown and for friends and family who encouraged him to continue.
After growing up in North West London, Gappy Ranks dealt with numerous obstacles including homelessness after leaving school. This resulted in his music taking a back seat. However, once he overcame these obstacles he joined focus with childhood friend and fellow local artist "Redmann" (UK) From there, he was enlisted in the UK Dancehall growl "Suncycle" with local artists such as Cash Money, Lady Chann & Naff Skrilla.
The grouped by recording artist "Dolmite" received help from community radio stations such as Beat Fm & Unique Radio. Their 1st Album titled 'Suncyle' in which Gappy Ranks recorded his anthem 'Harlesden' which proclaimed his love for his community.
Their second album I Am Somebody was released on he UK label Jamdown Records and from it came such hits as the album title track 'I am Somebody' on the smash hit 'Riddim Coolie Dance' produced By Jamaican producer Scatta Burrell.
The Group received great reviews in the commercial press winning them a contract, with the giant sports company, Adidas. During his time with Suncyle, Gappy Ranks learnt the art of studio engineering. He spent time in the studio to hone his musical talent, which was encouraged by the label CEO Dolomite.
In 2004 Gappy Ranks departed on good terms With Suncyle and began his solo career. The National UK Newspaper 'New Nation' published a two page spread on his talent and expectations for the future.
In 2005 Gappy Ranks was featured On The Vicelaw Entertainment Mixtapes. He would record, print and could also be seen selling mix Cd's For £3.00 in public places such as London's Harlesden, High Road and Wembley Market (which is stituated nest to the British National Stadium.
That same year, Gappy Ranks won "Best Song Award" at London's Silk Awards for 'Little Understanding' produced By Uk Reggae Records Label Stingray Records.
2005 also was Gappy Ranks With The Help Of Uk Garage Pioneer Sticky Working With American Rapper Twista, Uk Mc Lethal B, & Producers Kray Twinz in which they recorded 'What We Do' which charted nationally in Uk At Number 23 For 1 Week and Gappy Ranks performed live At Earl’s Court In Front Of A Crowd Of 17,000 For The First Kiss 100 Awards. He also played a full UK tour which brought him to UK cities such as Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, to name a few.
Gappy Ranks recorded for former Uk Reggae Giants Jet Star Records In North West London where he became Assistant Engineer with the help of A&R's Valarie Skeet & Chief Engineer Tony Phillips.This gave Gappy Ranks time to grow & develop his love for music and network which led him to work with Record Label 'Peckings Studio One' where In 2009 he recorded tracks that would later propel his name worldwide.
On Boxing Day 2009 Gappy Ranks childhood wish was granted, as he performed at the celebrated "Annual Sting Event' In Jamaica.
In January 2010 with the introduction from Silverstar Sound's DJ Gussy. Gappy Ranks joined forces With Pierre Bost, CEO Of French Record Label 'Special Delivery'. He began to tour throughout the world starting with European countries such France, Holland, Italy, Germany & Switzerland amongst many others.
He signed a 3 year deal With Greensleeves Records on 23 August 2010 . He Released His 1st Album Put The Stereo On With Peckings 'Studio One'.
The album was well received world wide. ' As A Time Capsule' & 'Has Gone In History ' are amongst Reggae's great works. Tracks such as the album title track 'Put The Stereo On', 'Mountain Top' & 'The Smash Hit Heaven Her Eyes' went Number 1 For 16 Weeks In The Uk.
Gappy Ranks was nominated For The 2010 Mobo Awards In The Best Reggae Act Category - although the award went to international recording artist "Gyptian".
In 2011 Gappy Ranks Followed Up With His 2nd Album 'Thanks & Praise', this time on his own independent record label 'Label Hot Coffee Music' which was distributed By VP Records.
His 2nd Album T'hanks & Praise' Included smash hits such as:Stinkin Rich (produced by Italian Producer Macro Marco), the classic 'Longtime', (produced by) Special Delivery and the heartfelt title track 'Thanks & Praise' (produced By Grammy Award Winning Uk Producer Jazzwad) and featured Jamaican Recording Artist's Delly Ranx and 'Russian', who is better known for his work with international recording artist 'Vybz Kartel'.
Gappy Ranks has since toured and performed throughout Europe, USA, the West Indie and Australasia. His tour also included Japan and on March 2011 he found himself in the middle of the world's biggest earthquake and Tsunami. The disaster claimed Over 20,000 Lives and Gappy Ranks recorded a tribute "I Was There".
Returning safe but wiser, Gappy Ranks returned to the UK and was Featured On BBC's 'Later" With Jools Holland. He performed 'Longtime' And 'Heaven In Her Eyes' was aired to millions of viewers via BBC2.
That same year (2011) he opened an 18 date tour our In California, Nevada, Oregon & Washington for International Recording Artist Coolie Buddz This brought the name Gappy Ranks to a wider performing base.
He has performed at legendary venues such as BB King's In New York, The Roxy Theatre In Los Angeles, The Fillmore In San Francisco, & The Jazz Cafe In London, just to name a few. He has also been billed for worldwide festivals such as 'Summer Jam' In Germany, The Glastonbury Music Festival In Uk, Best Of The Best In Miami and several more.
Gappy Ranks has also worn the hat of producer on a number of projects through his independent record label "Hot Coffee and Music" and has produced for recording artists such as Gyptian, Chino, Busy Signal, Delly Ranx, Bugle, Khago, Bramma, Laden, Bobby Hustle, JBoog, Chucky Star, & Many More Including Reddman Uk Who Gappy Ranks Signed To His Hot Coffee Music Label In 2011.
In 2012 he self produced his very own track: 'Wine Pon De Edge' which charted at number one on 'Uk's Choice Fm' and 'Throw Me Herbs Riddim' which featured various artists as part of his 'Cookies EP Collection' In November 2012 He Headlined His Own 16 Date Cookies Tour 2012 In West Coast Usa, Canada & Costa Rica which was supported by Dynasty Records artist Donny Hustle.
2013 has already confirmed Gappy Ranks For Raggamuffin 2013 Reggae Festival In New Zealand & Return To Australia, as well as His Cookies Reloaded Tour 2013 Of The East Coast USA, which Gappy Ranks has visited a number of times.
June 2013 Will See Gappy Ranks Performing At California Sierra Nevada World Music Fest 2013 For The First Time.
Also September 17, 2013 Will Be The Release Year Of His 3rd Album 'Shining Hope' Which Will Include First Planned Emotional Single Tomorrow Loves You
Now Self Proclaimed Grandson Of Reggae, Gappy Ranks Continues To Make Music & Help The World For The Better With Music & Understanding. - Websites ▪ www.gappyranks.com ▪ www.iamjacoblee.com - Twitter ▪ @GappyRanks Facebook ▪ Gappy Ranks Bookings & Info ▪ GappyRanks@Gmail.Com