Joined Oct 12 2014
47 years old
Cecil "John Blazz" Halstead was born in Kingston, Jamaica, January 12, 1971.
He spends most of his time as a youth in Spanish Town where he meets the artists who born his passion for music, reggae, its messages and values it conveys.
The years passed and Cecil Halstead begins as a singer, taking the name of John Blazz before becoming a sound engineer, working for renowned Lutan Fyah & Warrior King, Mikey General, G, Maffiah, Chaplain Rickey, Teflon Milton Blake and talented Jodi-Ann Pantry of the famous TV show "Rising Stars" to name a few.
John Blazz created his own label "Kick Off" bringing together many artists he used to receive.
"Kick Off" allows the production of many songs that were and still are today regularly scheduled on local radio stations as well as international.
He is also the producer of the "Peace Song for Spanish Town - We Need Love", performed mainly by artists of Spanish Town.
This song once again acclaimed, was also broadcast many times on the radio in particular the program "Easy Skankin Show" hosted by Sister Elise Kelly on Irie Fm.
In 2002, he participated and finished in the top 10 of the annual competition organized by the JCDC (Jamaica Cultural Development Commission).
Strength of these experiments, John Blazz continues to compose and write his own songs while continuing activities in the label "Kick Off" producing artists from Spanish Town.
It also participates in the same year at Jamaica National Festival and initiate on a tour across Jamaica, distilling his own vibrations.
The following year John Blazz also participates regularly at "Early Buss Out" next to artists such as Lutan Fyah, Chuck Fenda, among others.
In 2012, he produced with his label "Kick Off" his first album by partnering with the graphic artist Tidouz (www.tidouz.com). This album consisting largely of riddims taken from DIS DAT N Production, however, contains some beautiful examples of collaborations with solicitating "Mercy Please" composed by Filo muzik production and the "Life Road" produced by 149 Records.
So he finally released "They Don’t Care" in March 2012 (released on legal download platforms ) on which there are his brothers in arms: Lutan Fyah on "Dem Confuse", Tony D "One Blood" and Ico Flames on "Perfect Lady".
Working tirelessly, John Blazz multiplies connections surrounding himself with several producers, songwriters, and labels, recording in 2011, 2012 and early 2013, many dubplates and no less than nine original songs including: "Give Praise" on Beat Off Riddim produced by Mr. Forestal (of 149 Records), "Changing Time" on Basco Riddim by One Heart Production, "Shake it" on the Status Riddim produced by Razor Blade Rec, "Waiting" on Moving Riddim produced by the famous Stephen McGregor and Di Genius Records, "Now U Gone", "Prove Her Love" produced this time by his own label "Kick Off", "Lonely" produced by the famous French Irie Ites, "Good Friend" produced by Iyah Vybz Muzik, "Love Flag" once again DIS N DAT Production, "So True" on the Threshold Riddim produced by Dynasty Records.
Anxious to always refine and sharpen his texts as his musical universe, he works since the release of his first album to deliver his message and show the extent of his vocal capacity, constantly inspired by his mentor Dennis Brown, proving his mastery on singing voice, harmonies as well as songs toaster, or raggamuffin, which allows him to speak on both New Roots, Ragga, Dancehall versions, as Roots oldies versions, or even hip hop and RnB, among others.
When writing his first album, he met members of 149 Records, for whom he wrote the song "Life Road" on the Speaker Riddim coming out late 2011.
Advanced new professional John Blazz, which allows him to announce at this time the coming of his album "They Don’t Care" and the desire to work more conscientiously, emphasizing once again the artistic and musical new projects.
Today, John Blazz working on his new studio album in collaboration with French producer BASSY PROD, member of the label 149 Records label now known for its many One Riddim Albums released (Datta Riddim, See Dem Grow Riddim, Brighter Day Riddim, Speaker Riddim, the latter already composed by "Bassy" and interpreted by the Babyclone Band who created the label).
Stay tuned with John Blazz. One Love
“A Deh Suh Di Ting Deh”