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King Hopeton (Horace Campbell) was born March 25th on the beautiful island of St Ann, Jamaica West Indies . He started playing music at the age of 4 after watching an old woman on a piano playing “Come Back Charlie” a classical piece. After she got up, he sat down and started playing the same piece of music as though he had played it before. When the lady came back and saw him playing , she immediately started to teach him and from that day all became history.
His love for music was born in that moment and he has continued playing piano since.
His unique style is directly influenced by Classical music and Reggae roots where his work embodies elements of Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Ska, Gospel, Alternative, Rock, Irish and Pop music. In addition to playing the piano, he also is multi =talented playing the Drums, Acoustic, Electric and Bass Guitar, and the Organ.
At the age of 7, King , as everyone one now calls him, received his first standing ovation and from all the love he felt in that moment he decided “It’s only music for me”. During his teen years King joined the multi award winning “United Force Band”, who received awards from the Jamaican Federation of Musicians as “best show band” for four consecutive years. He then toured locally and Internationally which increased his experience in a world of Music and Entertainment.
In 1997, King Hopeton started his solo career as a Singer and Producer. Since that time he has worked with a myriad of talented names in Reggae music, including, but not limited to: Mykal Rose and Duckie Simpson (Black Uhuru), Justin Hinds, Everton Blender, Movado, Prezident Brown and Sizzla, Rapture (gospel) and United Force bands. He has also worked with a number of international groups such as Mei (Japan), Ragga Z (Germany) Rocker T, Pyrx Band and Dylans Dharma (USA). King Hopeton has worked with producers such as Steelie and Clevie, Hart Richards and Steven Stanley.
He was also credited by Billboard Magazine in 2009 for producing 12 of 15 rhythm tracks on Little Hero’s number one Billboard Reggae album “Revelation”, as well as on various Reggae hits stemming from Jamaica to the Caribbean.
Since the beginning of his solo career, King Hopeton has recorded and released several singles, including “King of Kings”, “Hard Times”, “Free Yourself” and “Can You See the Light”, which are currently attracting major rotation on the Jamaican airwaves and have also gained international attention in the US, Europe and Africa.
King Hopeton’s newest album ”Beautiful Morning” is his newest release to date, with tracks , ranging from acoustic soul to heavy bass lines, roots rock reggae style. Including tracks such as “Once Again”, “Beautiful Morning” (title track) and “Can You Feel it Jah”.
As an avid performer, with an average of over 80 consistent shows a year, he has played at Festivals such as Alley Arts Fest 2nd Sat (Ca), Sting (Ja), Benefit for Cancer Treatment (Ca), Best Reggae Fest, One love Reggae Fest (California and Florida), In the Light Festival, Wild Mountain Faire Festival just to name a few and as well as touring, primarily in the United States of America at popular music venues.
King Hopeton’s logo is two Lions which represents both male and female strength ( Mother and Father). He is inspired by King David and King Solomon who both sang and played musical instruments.
A supporter of the Make a Wish Foundation and an advocate for Ultimate World Peace, he believes that his responsibility lies in being available to people of every nation color or creed whenever the need arises for his support, and most importantly, “sharing his knowledge and devotion to this cause” (Reggae Music for Peace).
"Reggae is my heart , It helps to create spiritually lifting music that touches the soul of mankind, bringing Peace, Love and Unity that we all need today to move towards a better and brighter future"
~King Hopeton 2013