Gentleman (musician)

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Gentleman
2013-08-25 Chiemsee Reggae Summer - Gentleman 6500-cropped.JPG
Tilmann Otto a.k.a. Gentleman (2013)
Background information
Birth name Tilmann Otto
Born (1975-04-19) April 19, 1975 (age 41)
Osnabrück, Germany
Origin Cologne, 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, 1975, 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] 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. In 2005, Gentleman performed with Mamadee with the song "Lass los" representing North Rhine-Westphalia in the Bundesvision Song Contest 2005, placing 15th with 10 points.[2] After ten years of making music under the label Four Music he moved to Universal in 2010.[3]

Gentleman at Chiemsee Reggae Summer 2013
Gentleman (2013)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
GER
[4]
AUT
[5]
SWI
[6]
NED
[7]
FRA
[7]
POL
[8]
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
2014 MTV Unplugged 8 14 14
2016 Conversations (with Ky-Mani Marley) 8 6 4

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
GER
[4]
AUT
[9]
SWI
[10]
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)" (Azad feat. Gentleman)
Blockschrift
30 72
2008 "Soulfood" / "Lack of Love" (feat. Sizzla)
Another Intensity
2009 "Changes"
Diversity
2010 "It No Pretty"
Diversity
19 24 33
2010 "Roots to Grow" (Stefanie Heinzmann feat. Gentleman)
Roots to Grow
16 56 61
2010 "To the Top" (feat. Christopher Martin)
Diversity
13 51 23
2013 "You Remember"
New Day Dawn
19 24 33
2013 "Heart of a Rub-a-Dub"
New Day Dawn (deluxe)
77
2016 "Ahnma" (Beginner feat. Gzuz and Gentleman) 8 55 65

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]

  1. ^ a b Kriesch, Adrian & Scholz, Jan-Philipp (2014) "German reggae in Africa, courtesy of Gentleman", Deutsche Welle, 26 February 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2014
  2. ^ "Bundesvision Song Contest". fan-lexikon.de (in German). Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 4, 2010. Retrieved March 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 20, 2007. Retrieved August 24, 2008. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Das österreichische Hitparaden- und Musik-Portal". Austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  7. ^ a b "Another Intensity by Gentleman - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  8. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLIS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLIS. 2016-03-24. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "Das österreichische Hitparaden- und Musik-Portal". Austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 

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