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Who would have known that Ramize (christened, Vernon ‘alrick’ Smith) a shy but charismatic character hailing from Kingston, Jamaica would be paving his way towards stardom. The island of Jamaica has long been world renown for its friendly people, warm climate and its rich musical heritage, rooted in the hardships, struggles and triumphs of the people. The popularity and success of Reggae legends such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown and more recently the Diamond selling act: Shaggy has played a significant role in the widespread acceptance of this musical genre.
Along with his roots in Jamaica’s native music; reggae, Ramize has also cultivated a deep love for the sound of America’s own R&B and Classic Souls music which also significantly contributed to the evolution of the various Jamaican music forms namely Ska, Rock Steady and Reggae. In his younger years, Ramize would spend hours listening to a these different genres of music which he described as ‘being close to his heart’. As fate would have it, in later years, these very sounds would go on to positively influence his own musical style and direction.
By fusing Reggae, R&B and Classic Soul, Ramize has developed a niche for himself called “Yard Soul”: Soul from Yard (his home, Island Jamaica). Ramize describes Yard soul as his way of expressing his love for music with his own personal signature, while reminiscing about a time when love and love making in music was an artistic expression practiced by the masses.
“Yard Soul” also blossoms from his own ongoing love affair with music as a spiritual force that resonates deep within his soul and which he feels has the ability to move people and change their lives. Taking his cue from artistes, such as the late great Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Luther Vandross and reggae greats Bob Marley and Dennis Brown, Ramize has spent years honing his craft as a vocalist, consistently striving towards perfection. Hoping that one day he will go on to make his mark and be part of the long list of musicians that have gone on to make both their country and the world proud.
“In my world, I never limit my potential as an individual, I am always seeking to enhance my capacity for growth and development in perfecting my craft as a singer-songwriter, composer and ultimately a performer”. Having just completed his first official debut project entitled, Love Potion: the Classics with the production team APS.Columbian, Ramize has his eyes set on transforming himself into a household name that persons will remember for a long time. he has accomplished alot so far by winning a tv competition to perform on reggae sun-fest one of the biggest show in jamaica he feels honored for such an opportunity “The concept of this project or album was formulated as a tribute to the musicians of the past who gave their heart and soul to the music in a way that made people want to do more than just listen.