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“You must believe in yourself in everything! Life is everything. Don’t make materialism life.” - Junior Reid.

Recently I sat with Junior Reid after he brought a positive vibrations performance at the JAMAICA ME CRAZY event held at the Crossroads Night Club. Junior Reid is a humble individual who continues to uplift reggae music and life!

Reid began his career at the age of 13 and still continues to perform and produce. Born in the heart Of Tower Hill in Kingston, Jamaica, music became his outlet of expression. Inspired by the “Most High”, he channeled his lyrics to express the voice of the people.

“My inspiration always comes from the Most High and the people. By the people, what they go through, what they say, struggles, everything!” said Junior Reid.

In 2006, his international hit “One Blood” signified him as a cross over Reggae artiste, merging the worlds of reggae and hip hop and creating a global sensation.

His eclectic background includes working with artistes from Lil Wayne, Mims, Fat Joe, and even Alicia Keys.

“Some of the challenges that faces reggae music today is the politics, the money, and pressures the artiste face,” said Junior Reid.

Like many reggae artistes, Reid practices the Rastafarian way of life. He wears head wraps as a symbolization of his African heritage.

“You must always uphold your roots. If you don’t know where you are from, you don’t know where you are going” said Reid.

The gifted musician is also a producer. Reid has his own production company called JR Productions. He has produced for artistes like Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs. Now Reid is focused on working with his children who continue to uphold the family legacy.

“I have 5 sons in the industry, as well as my daughter. My son is also an engineer and producer. I am working with other artistes as well," said Reid.

One thing is for sure, Junior Reid is a man of sprit and wisdom. Even with the pressures of today, he continues to remain true to himself.

“You must believe in yourself in everything! Life is everything. Don’t make materialism life. Money can’t buy life. If that was the case Princess Diana would still be here today along with Michael Jackson.

President Harry Truman said, "Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid." And while we cannot repay these fine individuals, we can honor their service, which is what the Coast Guard Foundation did Tuesday, June 12, with its Tribute to the Coast Guard in Our Nation's Capital the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The keynote speaker for the evening was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin E. Dempsey. Attendees were treated to a surprise performance by Gen. Dempsey that delighted the crowd. Gen. Dempsey performed the Frank Sinatra song "My Kind of Town" inflected with some Coast Guard-centric accents. Gen. Dempsey praised the Coast Guard and the service's mission. The Chairman noted the depth and breadth of the Coast Guard's average day: patrolling 95,000 miles of coastline, saving 12 lives, and keeping tons of illegal drugs off our streets.

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