From: IL, United States

Reggae, Folk Rock, Singer/songwriter

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Dwight Anthony Davis spent his early years in rural Kellits, Clarendon. Beyond the chirping of the crickets, the only sounds at night came from his grandfather’s radio, playing the music of international stars like the Bee Gees, Stevie Wonder, Cat Stevens, and Sting, and of local Jamaican artists including Bob Marley, John Holt, Peter Tosh, and Bob Andy. These early years of late-night radio spurred Dwight’s love of music and informed his later development into a songwriter and musician.

When he returned to Kingston in 1978, he was introduced to the guitar by Moses (Ajelohn) Black MeGie, a piano player whose brother’s guitar was gathering dust. Together they learned to play simple songs and arrangements, eventually transitioning to writing their own material. With friends Chris and Sherlock, they formed the Sardonyx in 1983. Among their original singles were “Patience,” “Stand In Love,” “Always Waiting,” and “Music Galore,” showcasing the talents of Sly and Robbie (the Riddim Twins) on drums and bass. The Jamaican music scene at the time was saturated with dance hall, and the Sardonyx were unable to find support among local producers, but their love of music kept them playing and writing songs. In addition to pursuing a music career, Dwight studied at Mico Teachers College and taught high school art in Jamaica for six years.

Dwight migrated to the United States in in the early nineties and studied commercial illustration, but he never lost touch with Ajelohn or with his musical roots. In 2012 he released his full-length debut album, Hurry, featuring his own interpretations of genres ranging from reggae to samba to R&B-infused folk rock. Building his orchestrations around a Brazilian band. Dwight’s new adventure takes on the singer/songwriter/producer role in collaboration with Ajelohn, who both coproduce their own songs for their “Black Ants” record label. This new direction resulted in four new reggae singles: “Young Lives”, “ The Rain” “ This Emotion” By Dwight and “ Jah By My Side”, first single by Ajelohn.