If you can sing the chorus to “Heads High” or “Hot Wuk” you know this artist

“Hey Corvaya, are you interested in a conversation with Mr. Vegas?” my editor yelled from her office.

The name rang a bell but I couldn’t imagine a face or hear a tune in my head.

Ugh! Where do I know that name from?

Don’t you hate when that happens?

I didn’t respond right away so she continued letting me know that Mr. Vegas is a well known reggae artist who just released a gospel album and would be in Miami soon.

Because I rarely say ‘No’ to my editor (she’s just that friggin’ awesome), I yelled back “Sure, I’d be happy to!”

I still didn’t know who this man was.

The Palm Beach Post published ‘This is what amazing grace looks like in a Jamaican dancehall’ by Corvaya Jeffries. Read it here. 

I went into her office to get more deets. The video playing on her computer screen immediately brought back memories of time spent up north with my dad, childhood best friend Ashley and cousin Destinnii.

“Heads High” by Mr. Vegas. I may not have been able to put a face to a name but I most definitely knew the video I was watching and song I was hearing.

I started having visions.

A stroll through the fourth projects (Hoboken, NJ) on a Saturday in June. Everyone and their Momma is outside.

On each block is a group of people lounging, drinking cognac, playing card games and blasting music. We all know each other.

Man, to be 12-years-old again. It was when Chris Brown’s ‘Run It’ was the shit. Mary J Blige’s ‘Be Without You’ was the anthem for bae and Tearria Marie’s ‘Make Her Feel Good’ had every chick in the hood feelin’ cute af. LOL.

Those three songs were on everyone’s playlist in 2005. But of course, if you’re thorough—like a lot of us from Hoboken are—hood summer classics stay in rotation: Shyne’s ‘Bad Boys’, DMX’s ‘What They Really Want’ and coincidently Mr. Vegas’s ‘Heads High.’ Ha.

The Jamaican-born singer is also known for ‘Hot Wuk’ and ‘I am Blessed.’

Know who I’m talkin’ about now? Yeah, him.

On Soul Therapy, Mr. Vegas’s new album, I didn’t know that to expect. I was pleased to experience the upbeat riddim—as Mr. Vegas would call itthroughout the sanctified track-list. I realized: reggae music has always brought positive energy and good feelings into my world. Soul Therapy was no different. There are at least four songs on the album I’ll keep in rotation and that’s not bad for a #musicislife chick like me. She’s not easy to impress.

I interviewed Mr. Vegas and it went well! We talked about the favor of God as he sees it and why he feels it’s his responsibility to inject positivity into youthful minds through his craft. There’s so much more but you’ll have to check out the story to be in-the-know.

The Palm Beach Post published ‘This is what amazing grace looks like in a Jamaican dancehall’ by Corvaya Jeffries. Read it here.



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