From: United Kingdom

Reggae, Roots Reggae, Lovers Rock

Peter Spence.. Singer/ songwriter..

Reggae music has flourished in England like no other place outside Jamaica.

One such UK artist whose name is on a lot of people's lips right now is Peter Spence; a Birmingham born artist with street credentials to spare, but whose gifts increasingly demand a more international setting.

His story begins in England's second city of Birmingham, where he was taught guitar by his father, who had played with bands in Jamaica before settling in England. His own musical apprenticeship was first served by roles as the drummer and then rhythm guitarist for a group called the Experts during the very early 80s. Inspired by Jamaican harmony groups such as the Heptones and Tamlins, he then turned singer and joined a Sound-System called Imperial Warrior, based in the Balsall Heath area of Birmingham. The influence of Jamaican sound-system culture was all persuasive at the time, and new UK reggae acts began to emerge at a phenomenal rate, including friends and contemporaries of Peter's such as Pato Banton, Macka B, Tippa Irie, Maxi Priest, and many others.

His debut track, "Frivolous Woman", was recorded for Birmingham producer G. T. Haynes, who also managed Pato Banton, Tippa Irie and Annette B, in addition to Peter himself. His breakthrough arrived with a hit on Greensleeves called "Don't Leave Me Lonely", for which he received a Best Newcomer award. His next stop was another London based reggae independent label called Fashion, where he recorded a handful of tunes in the lover's rock vein, including "Yesterday's Magic", "I Believe In Love" and "Crazy Feelings". His debut album for G. T, "I'll Be There" was released in to rave reviews and won Best Reggae Album for that year at the Black Music awards, whilst Peter himself was voted Best Male Reggae Singer. He and deejay Tippa Irie, then co-starred on "Girl of My Best Friend" for Island Records. The Tours that followed took them to the US, Japan and Africa.

Peter Recently Has finished a new gospel album, and is making more time to work with and nurture new talent through his Sidewalk Entertainment & DB Production Company.