An urban/hip hop recording artist from Barbados, ViZion has a distinctive singing style and trademark flow. His captivating lyrics and island boy sound have been generating regional interest and a growing fan base, making him one of the Caribbean’s most exciting upcoming urban artists. With #Eclipse, the sister mixtape to #SolAR, and an EP album under development for 2013 ViZion has been busy in the studio and on film sets creating his latest projects for release under independent record label (AR) Authentic Revolution.
Oliver Louis Gale aka ViZion grew up in the parish of Christ Church on the island of Barbados. Surrounded by the sounds of Caribbean music and inspired by Jamaican dancehall superstars like Beenie Man and Damian Marley, the young artist, age 14, began writing and recording original songs at home with friends and performing them at house parties. A few years later, at the age of 17, he moved to Canada to study at boarding school and it was here that ViZion developed his passion for rap and reggae music and began performing in front of larger audiences. Notable influences on his developing style were Tupac, Bob Marley, Notorious B.I.G, Tracy Chapman, Jay-Z and Nas.
In 2007 ViZion released his first studio single and radio hit Girl I Need You and began performing at major festivals in Barbados, including Reggae on the Hill, Reggae on the Beach and the Bob Marley Concert held at the Kensington Oval Stadium. These shows had audiences of up to 15,000 people and were headlined by some of the biggest stars in reggae and dancehall. He then moved to the UK to study at university and began performing across England, opening shows for established UK hip-hop artists, most notably Tinchy Stryder.
The emerging artist’s progress was recognized when he was nominated at the Barbados Music Awards (BMA’s) in two categories: Best New Artist and Reggae Artist of the Year.
Two years later, after taking time to further develop his sound and musical direction, ViZion founded (AR) Authentic Revolution, an urban lifestyle brand, and began work on his first studio album Dream or Die. The 1st single Hustle Hard received regular radio airplay in Barbados and throughout the Caribbean.
As the year progressed, ViZion released two more singles and music videos, receiving steady rotation on every mainstream radio station in Barbados and some across the Caribbean, UK and USA.
In February, 2012 he travelled to Atlanta, Georgia and performed for the first time on US soil. Meanwhile back in the Caribbean the music video for The Beach House’ reached #1 on Tempo TV’s Top 10 Cross Caribbean Countdown, staying there for the maximum period of two months. The same single and music video then went on to reach the #1 spot on www.indiecharts.com, climbing 500+ positions in one week with thousands of votes. At this time the artist also made a return to Barbados’ biggest festival, performing at ‘Reggae on the Hill’ and Bajan Reggae Night in front of huge crowds.
In November ViZion moved to New York City to release his first mixtape #SolAR and gain exposure in the US. After performing at Webster Hall and a number of smaller venues in Manhattan, ViZion caught people’s attention. It wasn’t long before he was recording and filming music videos in the city and playing on multiple internet radio stations.
His achievements were once again acknowledged in Barbados when he was nominated for a second time at the prestigious Barbados Music Awards (BMA’s). This time the nomination was for his urban music and in recognition of his growing international appeal. ViZion went on to win the 2012 award for ‘Hip Hop Artist of the Year’. He was again nominated for the same award in 2013. The Barbados Music Awards are to be held in January 2014.
‘ViZion is one of the hottest rising stars out of Barbados and the Caribbean. From his catalogue of previous singles, current mix-tape that's getting buzz in the streets to his Hip Hop/Reggae Barbadian style, ViZion is a fresh unique voice and also adds a new spin on the quality of talent coming out of Barbados for 2013.’ ~ Jeanille Bonterre, Tempo TV Networks
‘One of the most exciting young prospects to come out of Barbados since Rihanna.’
~ Mikey Hulsmeier, Producer/CEO, De Red Boyz