Marlow S. Hiddo
Island Riddims Executive Producer
Update: January 24, 2012
Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant to rock JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival
The Art of Muisc. Patrons at the venue are also guaranteed spellbound performance from Damian Marley who is billed to perform on Saturday, January 28 at the Trelawney Stadium.

While fans can expect the trio singing classic New Edition songs such as Cool It Now, If It Isn't Love and Mr. Telephone Man, fans can also expect to see the three singers showcase their solo works. Cee Lo, the
Temptations Review ft. Dennis Edwards, Earl Klugh and Destra Garcia are also featured.

The renowned Bobby Brown began his solo career in 1986 with the album King of Stage. It was his second album, Don't Be Cruel in 1988 that propelled him to super stardom. Working with the writing/producing
team of L.A. Reid and Babyface, as well as Teddy Riley, Don't Be Cruel spawned five Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 singles: Every Little Step, Rock Wit' Cha, My Prerogative and the very popular Roni. The album
eventually sold seven times Platinum and was the 33rd best-selling album of the 1980s. Notably Brown also has a Jamaican connection having been featured on Damian Marley's hit song Beautiful from the
Welcome to Jamrock album.

Tresvant left New Edition in 1989 signed with MCA Records and worked with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The producers wrote the song Sensitivity for him, which hit #1 on the R&B charts, #4 on the Hot
100 and sold gold. His self-titled album released in 1990 sold platinum as well, topping the R&B charts. The album scored two more hits with Stone Cold Gentleman reaching and Do What I Gotta Do. Tresvant
appeared in the movie House Party 2 in 1991, performing the song Yo Baby Yo from the soundtrack. The following year, he scored his hit, Money Can't Buy You Love.  He soon followed up with two albums It's
Goin' Down and Rizz-Wa-Faire.

Unlike the others Johnny Gill started off as a solo act before being recruited for the New Edition band. In the early 80s he released a self-titled album for Atlantic Records featuring the hit, Super Love. On this
album, Gill played guitar, bass, bongos, and drums in addition to performing lead and background vocals. Gill then teamed up with singer Stacy Lattisaw for a duet album, which featured the song Perfect
Combination. A second album on Atlantic Records gave him the hit Half Crazy. In 1990 he released his second self-titled album which included the hits My, My, My, Rub You the Right Way, and more.

These three amazing singers will be at the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival to wrap their sweet voices around the audience with truly a large catalogue of international hits.

Popular New Edition members Brown, Tresvant and Gill formed Heads of State at the end of 2008. New Edition, which consists of Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell, and Ronnie Devoe are
sensations in the pop world with hits like Is This the End, Candy Girl, Can You Stand The Rain and the list goes on. They were the pioneers of the boy band movement of the 1980s and 1990s that led the way for
groups: New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync. They maintained their soul status into the early ‘90s but soon disbanded. In 2008 however Brown revealed that Heads of State was
formed and working on new material.

The 2012 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival - The Art of Music will be held at the Trelawny Stadium, January 26-28. The Festival is supported in part by the Jamaica Tourist Board, Iberostar Hotels and Resorts,
Flow, RIU Hotels & Resorts, Half Moon - A RockResort, Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Sunset Resorts, CVM TV (official television partner), The Gleaner (official print partner), Scotiabank, Pure Country, Loyal
Haylett Management Services, Delta Air Lines, Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort, Heineken, Johnny Walker, Heineken, Smirnoff Vodka among other sponsors.  

About the JAMAICA Jazz & Blues Festival

Started in 1996, by the national airline, Air Jamaica, in association with the Jamaica Tourist Board and several other business entities, the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival has grown over the years and is now a
favorite on the calendar of not only Jamaicans but from persons all over the world. Boasting in excess of 25,000 patrons annually, the event has now been expanded to a weeklong event benefitting the resort
regions of Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.

For more information on tickets and anniversary hotel packages for the 2011 Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, please visit www.jamaicajazzandblues.com.
Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant to rock JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival