ROCK STEADY: With the aim of providing listeners with “a musical therapy of sorts,” Gramps Morgan has put out his sophomore album, Reggae Music Lives, on his very own Dada Son Entertainment label. According to Morgan’s camp, Reggae Music Lives delivers much more than the authentic, soul-stirring brand of reggae for which the Soul Train-nominated artiste has become famous. In addition to a world-beat vibe and a little bit of country, the album also brings a taste of rap/toasting with hints of R&B and other contemporary sounds. The 13-track record is now available via iTunes.
HIGH PRAISE: Though he’s been away from the spotlight for a minute, reggae-gospel star Jason Mighty has been putting in some serious work, prepping for the long-awaited release of his sophomore record, Temple of Praise, which is set for a Canadian launch come May 12. A follow-up to Mighty’s well-received 2008 debut, Cornerstone, the new album features the singer’s unique blend of inspirational tunes and thought-provoking messages, and features production work from the likes of hitmakers Dale Virgo and Danny Browne. “We have a lot of great expectations for it,” says Mighty, who has secured a distribution deal with London’s EMI Group. “This is a more grown-up Jason Mighty. The words and the songs will appeal to a wider audience, and once you appeal to a wider audience, you will be successful.”