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George Wesley has written and performed his own infectious music for over four decades creating many memorable songs influenced by the blend of rock’n roll and Caribbean sounds. Through his countless stops up and down the east coast of the U.S. and in the islands of the Caribbean, people have enjoyed listening and dancing to the original music of George Wesley.
2012 brings the release of his much anticipated ninth recording on Joy And Harmony Records,"Old Lion".
Through the years George has been a headliner at many festivals as well as playing the same stage with a long list of well known artists including The Wailers, Santana, Black Uhuru,Matisyahu,Culture,Mykal Rose,Judy Mowatt,Merl Saunders,Jerry Garcia Band,Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews) and Jimmy Cliff and many more.
In 2008 George was voted ‘Best Singer-Songwriter’ and in 2010 "Best Old School Band/Musician"by Diamond City Readers Poll.
The music, itself, captures musicians as well as people just out for a good time because George writes from his musical roots… Marley, Dylan, The Dead and other diverse influences. Along with outstanding musicianship and professionalism, he delivers his musical story with warmth and sincerity through clear and effortless singing that only comes to artists with years of honing their skills.
In addition to his original material he does a tribute to Bob Marley,AKA "George Wesley's Exodus" in which he covers Bob Marley “twisted up and smoked”GW style. He also covers artists like Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Jimi Hendrix,The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan,Grateful Dead and many more in his own unique style.
Depending on the occasion, you may see George Wesley with a 4 to 7 piece group as well as his very popular solo performances AKA "George Wesley's Small Axe Orchestra" a live looping project featuring guitar synth,keyboard, vocal effects and a foot operated sampler which allows him the ability for one man to sound like an orchestra.
George Wesley, truly, has music in his veins. As a descendant of composer Charles Wesley (“Hark the Herald Angels Sing”) to growing up playing in his father’s country band, George learned about music and how to play it at a very young age. By the time George was in his teens he was writing and playing his original music for people in Eastern Pennsylvania and bordering states. Through the 70’s and early 80’s George played with several regional bands that showcased his original material to colleges, festivals and bars covering the northeast. These venues kept the groups busy and began to point his future efforts toward becoming an international touring and recording artist.
In the early 80’s with a move to Central New York,"The Wesley Rogers Band "(George’s first rockin’ reggae effort) released their first album "Strong" which featured
"The Riddim Twins", Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare then toured with Mykal Rose (all from Grammy Award winning "Black Uhuru").
In 1987 The Wesley Rogers Band called it quits. WRB member David “Ikril” Walker (drums) and his former "Soul Power and Sound" band mate from Jamaica,Evon “Laza” Lazarus (bass) connected with George forming the musical magic of the “IRIETATIONS.”
George Wesley and The Irietations gained recognition for their sound and were sponsored by Jamaica’s Red Stripe Beer from 1990-92. During that time period they also recorded with Eddy Grant, on his label, World Beat Records, at Blue Wave Studios in Barbados.
George has been recognized and endorsed by Martin Guitar of Nazareth, PA and works on research and development of new products like the ALternative X-MIDI guitar. George is honored to be included on Martins list of famous owners and thanks them for their support and inspiration.
It’s a rare combination to hear meaningful music performed with an energy that ignites a crowd to want to embrace that musical experience. George Wesley offers young and old that gift in a new way every time.