Courtney Anthony Porteous A.K.A Papa Biggy was born December 10, 1964 in Western Kingston where he lived till his parents migrated in the mid seventies.
He then went to live with his grandmother in St Ann and attended Trench Town Primary, St Georges All Age and Ferncourt High School respectively. It was while attending Ferncourt, that he got involved musically and became a member of the school's choir and also found out that he had the ability to write songs.
Hence came his first composition 'Falkland Crisis' which earned him the title National DJ champion in 1982; a gold award and a scholarship in music sponsored by the J.C.D.C.
Immediately his musical career began to grow. He went to record for producers such as Henry 'Junjo' Laws, Sly & Robbie, Techniques, Steelie & Clevie, Jammys and Black Scorpio. These unions produced a number of hits such as 'Stop Dem', 'Under the Plane Wing', 'Times of Trouble' and 'Freedom to Mandela.' During that time he began performing on shows both locally and overseas.
He has performed in some of New York's most famous halls including Madison Square Gardens, The Ritz, The Lincoln Center and The Town Hall. He has also been to Canada, Costa Rica, Bermuda, Cayman and Trinidad and Tobago. Locally he has graced the stages of most reggae events such as Sting and Reggae Sunsplash. The already successful Reggae DJ went on to do a short stint with Byron Lee and The Dragonaires. He was also managed by The Spec Shang Limited at one point.
Papa Biggy went on to produce music and manage an independent label, 218th Street Label. On his own label he produced numerous hits such as “Hidden Voices”. His inspirational songs that held on to the precious morals and values of life were also used as the theme songs for World Peace Day, “Consciousness” and “Living in Peace”. In 2001, Papa Biggy migrated to the U.S. After a short break, he went back to producing music with the emergence of the Lifeforce Production Studio. Partnering with long time friend and business associate Richie Flex of Nocturnal Records and Ras David of Earthforce Music.
The union produced the famous “Fire Ball Riddim” featuring various artists such as Luciano, Sizzla, Yami Bolo, Ras David, Natti King, Darrio Danejah, Moses I, and others. Also the “DNA Riddim” featuring Ras David and Darrio Danejah proved to be equally successful. Papa Biggy is now poised to take the world by storm with his own solo album entitled “Return To The Front Line” featuring gifted musicians such as Attorney, Johna Hex, Ras David, K-Swizz, Chris Christie, Dane Edwards, and gifted veteran guitarist Famma Roots.
After a long awaited return, he recently performed to a sold out audience in Baltimore, Maryland along with veteran entertainer Brigadier Jerry. The audience commented saying the show was refreshing, entertaining, exciting, spiritual, and educating. Simply the place was on “Fire” throughout the entire performance. The promoter, Raw Deal Production, is now gearing up for a part two. With his new project, “Return To The Front Line” and more experience, the sky is the limit for him.
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