Reggae artist Al Pancho official Biography
Al Pancho, born Owen Ricardo Brown, is a Jamaican singer, songwriter, deejay, record producer, and owner of the label, Kingston Wall Music.
He has released nine solo albums and over 50 singles including number one hits in Italy, Mexico, and Chile. Inspired by his Rastafari beliefs, Al Pancho seeks to break through racial boundaries, unite people and promote harmony through music.
Al Pancho was born on June 8, 1974, in Kingston, Jamaica where his mother was a dressmaker and his father owned a car body shop. He was raised by his grandmother in Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica. From the age of seven, he worked full-time as a fisherman to support the household.
Al Pancho discovered his passion for music at 12 years old when he sang at his local church and entertained friends at their homes. He became influenced by deejays such as Buju Banton and Shabba Ranks. Al Pancho lived on the streets from age 13, and at 14 he moved alone to Kingston, Jamaica to pursue music.
At 17 years old Al Pancho was discovered by record producer Bunny "Striker" Lee and released his first singles. Al Pancho's early releases also include working with producers Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, Damian Marley and Stephen Marley.
In 2001 Al Pancho founded his label Kingston Wall Music and released "Want You From A Baby" in collaboration with Cornell Campbell and solo single "On a Mission".
A demo of his single "On a Mission" was released by Fidel Nadal and became a number one hit in Mexico. In 2002 Al Pancho collaborated with Quique Neira on Gondwana single "Fuego", produced by RAS Records at Geejam Studio, which reached number one in Chile.
Al Pancho was the artist and songwriter of the track "Show Love"
on the 2003 Serge Gainsbourg album Mauvaises Nouvelles Des Étoiles. Also in 2003 Al Pancho featured on the track "Salute" recorded with Pierpoljak, produced by Clive Hunt at Tuff Gong studio.
In 2004 Al Pancho released single "Rasta Chant" with Natty King, produced by Alborosie. Al Pancho’s solo debut album Righteous Men, released in 2004, featured collaborations with Jah Mason, Junior Kelly, Bounty Killer, Natural Black, Luciano and Lutan Fyah. In 2006 Al Pancho featured on tracks "Mankind" with Tony Tuff and on "Enjoy Your Blessings" with Congos and Friends, released on label Blood and Fire.
His second album My Story was released in 2007 followed by album Joy Bells Ringing (2008) released by Lustre Kings Productions. This album includes single "Unity is Strength" with Luciano, which reached number one on the Billboard charts in Italy, and a collaboration with Yami Bolo and Prince Bob.
In 2009 Al Pancho recorded "Respect the Eyes" with Sly Dunbar and Kubix. Also in 2009, he released album Farmer Man followed by albums Touch That Spot and Save the World on his label Kingston Wall Music. In 2016 his album Skys the Limit was released by QCI Records.
Al Pancho released two albums in 2019, No Escape from the Judgement Day and Musical Journey, which include collaborations with Chezidek, Lutan Fyah and Spectacular. Al Pancho has also collaborated with artists Ras Dumisani, Tu Shung Peng, Telegram, Ken Bob, Norris Man and Rankin Scroo; worked with producers and labels VP Records, Forward Recordings, Roots Tradition and Don Mais; and toured with Fidel Nadal and Marlon Asher.
On his Kingston Wall Music label, Al Pancho has produced and released his own work as well as other Jamaican artists including Cornell Campbell, Natty King, Tony Tuff, Chezidek and Lutan Fyah.