Jesse Royal (musician)

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Jesse Royal
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Background information
Birth name Jesse David Grey[1]
Born (1989-04-29) 29 April 1989 (age 29)[2]
Origin Maroon Town, St James Parish, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, dub, roots reggae
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2011–present
Labels Easy Star

Jesse David Royal (born 29 April 1989) is a Jamaican reggae singer.

Early life[edit]

Jesse Royal was born in St James Parish, Jamaica to a family of Maroon ancestry and Rasta faith.[3] The Royal family relocated to Kingston in 1997 to accept a job at a telecom company, where Jesse became friends with Daniel Bambata Marley, son of reggae artist Ziggy Marley.[citation needed]


Royal began his career with and was mentored by the late Fatis Burrell (the son of whom's high school Royal attended), who also produced Jesse's first two releases, Singing the Blues and Long Days and Short Nights in 2010[4][5] Jesse Royal has toured extensively in Jamaica as well as Europe and the United States, before releasing his first major work produced by his friend Walshy Fire in 2014.[citation needed]

In 2015, Vogue Magazine listed Jesse Royal as part of a greater ongoing "Reggae Revival" movement (along with other such artists as Chronixx, Jah9 and Protoje) happening in Jamaica and the rest of the world, revitalising the genre of roots reggae.[6]

In 2017 he recorded the album Lily of da Valley, released by Easy Star Records in October.[7] The album topped the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.[8]



  • "Butterflies" (2011)
  • "This Morning" (2012)
  • "Gimme Likkle" (2014)
  • "Modern Day Judas" (2014)
  • "Finally" (2015)
  • "Generation" (2017)


  • In Comes the Small Axe (2013, Jamaica)


  • Hope & Love (2015, Japan)


  • Misheni (2012, Jamaica)
  • Major Lazer's Walshy Fire Presents: Jesse Royal – Royally Speaking (2014, Jamaica)
  • Lily of da Valley (2017), Easy Star


  1. ^ "NOISEY JAMAICA II - JESSE ROYAL - EPISODE 3/6". Vice Media. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Mahddy, Rasta (2014). Jesse Royal (Reggae Vibe Summer Issue ed.). Reggae Vibe. 
  3. ^ Taylor, Angus. "Interview with Jesse Royal". Reggaeville. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Cambell, Howard (15 December 2013). "Jesse Royal patiently awaits his break". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  5. ^ Taylor, Angus. "Interview with Jesse Royal". Reggaeville. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Aguirre, Abby (27 October 2015). "Reggae Revival: Inside Jamaica's New Music Movement". Vogue. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  7. ^ Jackson, Kevin (2017) "Jesse Royal looks to new Generation", Jamaica Observer, 21 August 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017
  8. ^ Jackson, Kevin (2017) "Jesse Royal tops Billboard chart", Jamaica Observer, 17 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017

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