Beres Hammond

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Beresford Hammond, 1955, St. Mary, Jamaica, West Indies. Success came late to Hammond in the form of numerous awards for Best Male Vocalist during the early 90s. He joined Zap Pow as a teenager after singing on local talent shows. By the time Hammond left the group in 1980, he had already recorded his debut, Soul Reggae, which was produced by Willie Lindo, and was working on the follow-up Just A Man. Although Hammond produced his own Let’s Make A Song, it was a productive partnership, and Lindo produced 1983’s Coming At You. Hammond’s dusky, emotive vocals earned him a reputation as an excellent stylist and this was demonstrated by his material, which often had a strong R&B influence. His fifth album, Beres Hammond, marked a change in direction. The singles lifted from it, ‘Groovy Little Thing’, ‘One Dance Will Do’ and ‘She Loves Me Now’, were all hits, making his name on the dancehall scene. It was not until 1990,...

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