Recording Artiste Billy Wonda – Biography
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Billy Wonda – Biography
Billy Wonda has just released his mix tape, much to the excitement of his already sizeable army of fans. With the mix tape expected to be a success and fame imminent, the exciting, newfangled sound that he has made his own is certain to gain interest across Jamaica and the wider world.
The development of his unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence. Growing up in a talented musical family meant that Billy was always surrounded by different forms of music. His Uncles were full-time reggae performers with various bands (Alrick Forbes, Rupert ‘Bassie’ Forbes and the soulful Jah Blacks and his parents exposed him to a wealth of music as a child, all of which influenced his development.
His first foray into learning his depth came when he met Marvin ‘REDS’ Smith who lived in Papine, the pioneer behind Pro’s Muzik Group (PMG). He was given the name Billy Wonda by REDS due to his slight Stevie Wonder Sound which he continued with until now, a decision which he never looked back from. Especially with the tragic passing of MARVIN in 2007.
Billy’s musical journey did not begin in Papine, however. Born in Grants Pen, But was raised in Mountain View, it was here that he developed his musical tastes and interests, and After realizing that making music was his main goal, he began to showcase his talent in various venues across Jamaica, playing at numerous gigs and making sure that his name and music were being heard by as many people as possible. One of his major accomplishments was being able to perform on Spectrum (STUDENT’S UNION) after winning a contest. He did PMG proud that night.
He was quickly noted for the unique style that he brought to the Dancehall and Reggae scene, and his popularity began to grow.
He is keen to point out that everything he listens, directs his musical development in some way. However, he would certainly include Sam Cook, Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, Ray Charles, and Stevie Wonder as amongst his biggest influences.
The songs on the mix tape provides a combination of exciting beats and mellow vocals, the project incorporates most genres if not all, but they are mainly punctuated throughout with elements of reggae, dancehall ,hip-hop, pop and R&B.
Billy’s stage show schedule though small is increasing, and he is finding himself more in demand than ever in venues across JAMAICA. It seems that the country is building an appreciation for his sound and talent, and his loyal armies of fans are waiting eagerly for their first chance to listen to the artist on radio and see him on bigger stages.
The mix tape (PATH TO GREATNESS) features Firelli (hardcore DJ), as well as various producers most notably PMG’S own Sheldon ‘Big dawg’ Kane and Kulocini‘d genie’
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