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“Virtuous Woman” by Brigadier Jerry featuring Hopeton Lindo & Derrick Lara

by | Jul 14, 2017 | News

“Virtuous Woman” by Brigadier Jerry featuring Hopeton Lindo & Derrick Lara.

Robert Russell a.k.a. Brigadier Jerry – “The General” returns to the studio after a 5 year hiatus to record a special tribute to the ladies in “Virtuous Woman”, co-written and produced by Hopeton “The Pen” Lindo for Irie Pen label.

“Virtuous Woman” by Brigadier Jerry featuring Hopeton Lindo & Derrick Lara.

Robert Russell a.k.a. Brigadier Jerry – “The General” returns to the studio after a 5 year hiatus to record a special tribute to the ladies in “Virtuous Woman”, co-written and produced by Hopeton “The Pen” Lindo for Irie Pen label.

‘Briggy” as he is affectionately called, is the respected and beloved cultural deejay who has made his mark promoting conscious reggae music. As a member of the Twelve Tribes Of Israel Rastafarian Organization he has been spreading the message on Jah Love Muzik sound system. Over the years ‘Briggy” has also been an integral member of King Sturgav and Black Star Int’l sound systems crew. He was one of the most sought after deeyjays by sound systems all over the world in the 80s and early 90s with a large and loyal fan base. Brigadier Jerry recorded for Studio One in the early 1980s before his first hit song “Pain” and “Gwaan A School”. His debut album “Jamaica Jamaica” was released in 1985 to rave reviews and he went on to record other popular songs. So far he has released 5 albums but the bulk of his career was spent touring the world, performing over countless sound systems. He remains a primary performer on sound systems and stage shows but still records an occasional single. “Virtuous Woman,” an awesome combination with Hopeton Lindo & Derrick Lara is one of those gems that was well worth waiting for.

Hopeton lindo a.k.a. “The Pen”, singer, songwriter and producer, recorded his first song “Black History” for producer Mikey “Dread At The Controls” Campbell. He produced his first hit “Territory” in 1987 and this song remains a genuine classic, a vital weapon in sound clashes today. He gained his dancehall experience from being a member of Black Star Int’l sound system crew along with Brigadier Jerry, Tiger, Anthony Malvo and others. During his stint at Music Works studio in the 1980s he established himself as a great songwriter and was given the name “The Pen” for writing/co-writing hit songs like “Telephone Love”, “Mr Loverman”, “Red Rose For Gregory” and many more for other artists. Over the years he was honored by ASCAP and Martins Int’l Awards for his songwriting skills. Hopeton has gained success as a vocalist by recording hits like “Territory”, “Silent Consent”, “Gun Ting”, “Lonely Night”, “Let’s Stay Together” and others. So far he has recorded 4 albums including his current “My World Your World”. As a producer, he produced the Jamaican diaspora theme song “I Am Jamaica” which features Shaggy, Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths and others, he also co-produced Marcia Griffiths’ “Shining Time” album and other various artists album projects for his Irie Pen label. He continues his career as a vocalist with “Flashback” on “The Man Next Door” riddim, a Poorman Redhill/Irie Pen production, and the ladies tribute “Virtuous Woman”, a combination with Brigadier Jerry & Derrick Lara.

Derrick lara (from the Tamlins) loved to emulate American R & B singers of the 70s. As a youth he nurtured his vocal style in the local church performing alongside his sister Jennifer Lara. Over the years he performed with the Bare Essentials Band and Seventh Extension band during which he recorded the hit “Hard Times”. In the early 70s he recorded “What We Need” for Joe Gibbs, that introduced Lara’s distinct falsetto voice to the world. Further sessions led to his debut album and appearance on the discomix “Dont Stop Till You Get Enough” featuring deejay Trinity which made the billboard charts. In 1983, he joined the Tamlins and they later recorded the classic hit “Go Away Dream” for Sly & Robbie’s Taxi label. Through the years he remained with the Tamlins although all members pursued concurrent solo careers. He continued his solo career with the release of “Motherless Child” album in 1999 and also recorded songs on the Star Trail label in Miami. Eventually putting his solo career on pause for some years as he performed with the Tamlins and toured with Rita Marley providing harmony. Derrick has now renewed his solo career with the release of his current album “Solid” to great reviews and of course “Virtuous Woman”, the combination with Brigadier Jerry & Hopeton Lindo.

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