Gentleman (musician)

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Gentleman
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Tilmann Otto a.k.a. Gentleman (2013)
Background information
Birth name Tilmann Otto
Born (1974-04-19) April 19, 1974 (age 40)
Osnabrück, Germany
Genres Reggae, roots reggae, dancehall, reggae fusion
Years active 1998–present
Labels Universal Music Group
Website www.journeytojah.com

Tilmann Otto (born April 19, 1974 in Osnabrück, Germany), better known by his stage name Gentleman, is a German reggae musician.

Personal life[edit]

Gentleman lives in the Neubrück area of Cologne.[1] He is the son of a Lutheran pastor. He is the father of two children, named Samuel and Tamica, and is married to Tamika, a background singer of the Far East Band, which has been supporting him since his first concert tour of Germany in 2002.

Gentleman at the 2011 Ilosaarirock festival.

Music[edit]

Gentleman has been travelling to Jamaica regularly since he was 18 years old.[1] It has been suggested that he became hooked on his brother's reggae records and thus wanted to get to know Jamaica first-hand.[citation needed] His career began with the collaboration of the band Freundeskreis which produced the song "Tabula Rasa". After beginning his career as a deejay, he based his style to the classic form of the reggae genre like that of Bob Marley. He sings mainly in English or Jamaican Patois. With songs like "Send a Prayer", Gentleman expresses his deep belief in God, without referring to a particular religion. His album, Confidence, climbed to number 1 on the German album charts in 2004. After ten years of making music under the label Four Music he moved to Universal in 2010.[2] 5

Gentleman (2013)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions
GER [3] AUT [4] SWI [5] NED [6] FRA [6] POL [7]
1999 Trodin On 59
2002 Journey To Jah 14 19 21
2003 Gentleman & The Far East Band Live 15 10 34
2004 Confidence 1 1 4
2007 Another Intensity 2 5 2 72 75
2010 Diversity 1 2 2 146 37
2011 Diversity Live
2012 Live Your Life (with Richie Stephens)
2013 New Day Dawn 6 10 8

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Position
DE [2] AT [8] CH [9]
1998 "Tabula Rasa" (feat. Freundeskreis & Mellowbag) 13 18 6
1998 "In The Heat Of The Night"
Trodin On
1999 "Jah Jah Never Fail"
Trodin On
2002 "Leave Us Alone"
Journey To Jah
78
2002 "Dem Gone"
Journey To Jah
81
2003 "Runaway"
Journey To Jah
65
2003 "Rainy Days" (feat. Tamika & Martin Jondo)
Gentleman & The Far East Band Live
88
2003 "Widerstand" (feat. Curse) 45
2004 "Superior"
Confidence
20 20 76
2005 "Isyankar" (feat. Mustafa Sandal) 6 11 4
2005 "Intoxication"
Confidence
33 58
2005 "Send a Prayer"
Confidence
75
2006 "On We Go" / "Caan Hold Us Down"
Confidence & Soundtrack Hui Buh
58 48 76
2007 "Different Places"
Another Intensity
42 65
2007 "Serenity"
Another Intensity
81 88
2007 "Zeit zu verstehen (This Can't Be Everything)" (feat. Azad) 30 72
2008 "Soulfood" / "Lack of Love" (feat. Sizzla)
Another Intensity
2009 "Changes"

EPs[edit]

  • 1999: Heat of the Night
  • 1999: Jah Jah Never Fail
  • 2002: Leave Us Alone
  • 2002: Dem Gone
  • 2003: Rainy Days
  • 2003: Runaway
  • 2004: Superior
  • 2005: Intoxication
  • 2005: Send a Prayer
  • 2006: On We Go / Caan Hold Us Down
  • 2007: Different Places
  • 2007: Serenity
  • 2008: Soulfood / Lack of Love
  • 2010: It No Pretty
  • 2010: To the Top
  • 2010: Lonely Days'

DVDs[edit]

  • 2003: Gentleman & The Far East Band Live
  • 2011: Diversity Live

References[edit]

External links[edit]