The Wailers Band

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The Wailers Band
OriginKingston, Jamaica
Years active1989–present
LabelsSony Latin, Island Records, Atlantic Records, Tabu Records, RAS Records
MembersAston "Familyman" Barrett
Donald Kinsey
Aston Barrett Jr.
Owen "Dreadie" Reid
Josh David Barrett
Glen DaCosta
Andres Lopez
Junior Jazz
Past membersJunior Marvin
Carlton Barrett
Alvin "Seeco" Patterson
Tyrone Downie
Earl "Wire" Lindo
Al Anderson
Joe Yamanaka
Elan Atias
Anthony Watson
Chico Chin
Everald Gayle
Irvin "Carrot" Jarrett
Brady Walters
Basil Creary
Keith Sterling
Kevin "Yvad" Davy
Ras Mel Glover
"Drummie Zeb" Williams
Audley Chisholm
Koolant Brown
Dwayne Anglin
Ceegee Victory
Javaughn Bond
Shema McGregor

The Wailers Band are a reggae band formed by Aston Barrett in 1989, one of several spinoffs from Bob Marley and the Wailers.


After the death of Bob Marley in 1981, the Wailers continued, led by Aston Barrett and Junior Marvin. The band continued to play a heavy worldwide touring schedule, and recorded as backing band with several singers. Carlton "Carly" Barrett, 36, was murdered at his Jamaica home in 1987. In 1989, Aston Barrett formed the Wailers Band, releasing the album I.D., and continued using the Wailers name when collaborating with other artists. Former Wailer Marvin joined in the early 1990s. The duo, along with a varying lineup recorded under several names, including the "Legendary" Wailers, and simply the Wailers,

In 2008 Marvin joined another former Wailer, Al Anderson, in The Original Wailers, leaving in 2011.

In 2014, The Wailers Band embarked on worldwide "Legend Tour", marking the 30th anniversary of the release of the best-selling reggae album of all time.

The Wailers Reunited[edit]

In 2015, Aston "Familyman" Barrett began the process of reuniting past members of the Wailers, using the name the Wailers Reunited. Shows occurred in South America which included past members such as Barrett, Al Anderson, and Tyrone Downie. The Wailers performed in India for the first time.[1] A US and UK tour took place in 2016.

One World[edit]

On August 21, 2020, Barrett's band released the album One World, credited to the Wailers.[2] The album includes the single "One World, One Prayer", co-written and produced by Emilio Estefan, featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy, and Cedella Marley.

Band members[edit]

The Wailers Reunited (2016)[edit]

The Band in 2020[edit]

  • Aston "Familyman" Barrett - bass
  • Aston Barrett Jr. - drums
  • Donald Kinsey - lead guitar
  • Owen "Dreadie" Reid - rhythm guitar
  • Josh David Barrett - lead vocals
  • Andres Lopez - keyboards
  • Glen Dacosta - saxophone
  • Junior Jazz - guitar[3]

The Band in 2022[edit]

At Byron Bay Bluesfest in April 2022:

  • Wendel "Junior Jazz" Ferraro - guitar, vocals
  • Andres Lopez - keyboards
  • Aston Barrett Jr. - drums
  • Mitchell Brunings - lead vocals
  • Owen "Dreadie" Reid - bass
  • Tamara "Teena" Barnes - vocals
  • Anne-Marie Thompson - vocals[4]


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • My Friends (Live '95-'97) (1997)
  • Live at Maritime Hall (1999)
  • Live In Jamaica (2001)
  • Live (2003)
  • Legend Live (2006)

With other artists[edit]

  • Reggae Vibration with Joe Yamanaka (1982)
  • Reggae Vibration 2 with Joe Yamanaka (1983)
  • It's About Time, with John Denver (1983)
  • Reggae Vibration 3 with Joe Yamanaka (1984)
  • Watchful Eyes Acclaimed LP for Jah Mel (1983)
  • "Makisupa Policeman" for Sharin' in the Groove (2001)
  • My Beautiful Garden, Donald & Lulu with The Wailers (1982)
  • Jerusalem (Alpha Blondy album) (1986)
  • Inkarnation, Iya Karna album with the Wailers (1986)
  • Real Joy, Ludovic DeBarboza And The Wailers (1987)
  • "A Step for Mankind" with Duane Stephenson & Bishop Lamont, Solutions for Dreamers: Season 3 (2010)[5]
  • HiFi Calypso, with Karl Zéro (2004)

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country US CAN
2008 "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" Kenny Chesney 1 41 49 Lucky Old Sun
2012 "Al Leila Ya Samra" Mohamed Mounir Arabiac Studio
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2008 "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" (with Kenny Chesney) Shaun Silva
2010 "A Step for Mankind" (feat. Duane Stephenson & Bishop Lamont) Luke Archer[5]
2013 "Spread The Love" (with Kenny Chesney) Shaun Silva


  1. ^ "Wailers break ground in India", Jamaica Observer, 28 October 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015
  2. ^ "THE WAILERS RELEASE NEW ALBUM, ONE WORLD, TODAY!". The Wailers. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  3. ^ "The Band". The Wailers. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  4. ^ "The Wailers - 21 and 22 April 2022". Bluesfest touring. Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  5. ^ a b ""A Step for Mankind" by the Wailers (Music Video)". Oniric Records. 16 September 2010. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 5 April 2015. The single is "A Step for Mankind" by the Wailers featuring Duane Stephenson and Bishop Lamont. It is featured on Oniric Records' "Solutions for Dreamers : Season 3" benefit compilation album for the United Nations World Food Programme. Enjoy this beautiful Music Video put together by director Luke Archer.
  6. ^ "American single certifications – Kenny Chesney – Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven". Recording Industry Association of America.

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