Roy Rayon

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Roy Rayon
Born (1959-06-20) 20 June 1959 (age 57)
Westmoreland, Jamaica
Genres Reggae
Associated acts Fabulous Five Inc., Unique Vision Band

Roy Rayon (born 20 June 1959) is a Jamaican singer who has won the Jamaica Independence Festival Popular Song Competition four times.

Biography[edit]

Born in Westmoreland, Rayon studied at the Jamaica School of Drama.[1] He was a member of the Unique Vision band from 1981 to 1986, also managing the band, and also toured with the Fabulous Five Inc. band.[2]

He is best known for his success in the Festival song contest, which he has entered many times since his first entry in 1983 (with "Festival Train"), first winning in 1985 with "Love Fever".[2] He won again in 1987 with "Give Thanks and Praises", celebrating 25 years of Jamaican independence, and for a third time in 1991 with "Come Rock".[3] He won for the fourth time in 2008 with "Rise and Shine", winning the $1,000,000 first prize.[4][5] Rayon's success in the Popular Song Competition has led to him being dubbed 'Mr. Festival'.[1]

Rayon has also acted as a judge on the Digicel Rising Stars talent show.[6]

In 2012 he released an album compiling his Competition entries.[7]

Discography[edit]

  • ,,Trash and ready (1985)
  • Country Boy Gone International (2003), Country Boy
  • Rise Up Mighty People (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Williams, Paul H. (2011) "Singer Roy Rayon Reaches Out To Gloria Lewis", Jamaica Gleaner, 9 July 2011, retrieved 2012-07-15
  2. ^ a b "Festival Song Competition 2008 Finalists", Jamaican Cultural Development Commission, retrieved 2012-07-15
  3. ^ Evans Teino (2006) "Rayon gives 'Thanks and Praises' 20 years on", Jamaica Gleaner, 25 June 2006, retrieved 2012-07-15
  4. ^ Henry, Krista (2008) "Roy Rayon shines shines at Festival final", Jamaica Gleaner, 14 July 2008, retrieved 2012-07-15
  5. ^ "Roy Rayon wins again!", Jamaica Star, 14 July 2008, retrieved 2012-07-15
  6. ^ Jebbinson, Andr (2007) "Rising Stars audition raises the temperature in Mandeville", Jamaica Gleaner, 30 April 2007, retrieved 2012-07-15
  7. ^ Walters, Basil (2012) "Roy Rayon does album", Jamaica Observer, 1 August 2012, retrieved 6 August 2012