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Isiah Mentor was born in Rae Town Kingston ,Jamaica West Indies. At the age of three his family relocated to Spanish town, St.Catherine.
Isiah was surrounded by music 24-7.His great Aunt, Miss Lore was a political vocalist. every household had a sound system with music in Ising , his family's reaction brought him to realize that he has talent.
Isiah started to sing at school, Tivoli Garden High School in Kingston when they had concerts or functions.
Surrounding communities and with his friends, the word spread fast of his talent when Ministry of Health held a concert for the sick in Spanish town Isiah was one of the first talents on the line up. He became the most recognized new Artist in Spanish town promoters and night club owners in Spanish town had him performing on weekends. He performed with fellow artists such as Anthony Redrose, Wicka man ,Papa san, Major worries, Dirts man, just to name a few.
Isiah relocated to Central Village, St. Catherine where his career took off like a rocket, there he quickly became the top vocalist in dancehall and landed the job as sound vocalist on a sound from New Kingston that substituted for U Roy's Stereo Gav whenever it is on tour or needed maintenance. He also sang for the area number 1 sound called Runner Tone. one of his tour around One island tour,Isiah was singing on a sound call Count Bassi Int in Old Harbor where he met King Tubby and studio engineer, "Professor" who was very impressed with his performance, Professor told Isiah to meet him at the studio in Water House, Kingston ,Jamaica He became a member of the Fire House Crew
At king Tubby's, Isiah recorded dub plate specials for sound systems worldwide ,sounds like Coxon, Saxon ,Arrows ,Stereo malt, Wadat, Stereo Gav,Unity, just to name a few.
KING TUBBY " the king" as he was called .was and still the most respected Producer in Jamaica . Most top Reggae Artists recorded for him and Isiah got the chance to work and meet him.
Reggae magazines and radio personalities from around the world came to Water House to interview king the Crew with Isiah took advantage of it. Isiah dreams came true when he met the artists who inspired him in the business artists like Black Uhuru ,Ini kamozi ,Burning Spear,Barrington Levy,The Wailers,EddieFitzroy and Dennis Brown,You can hear all these artists in Isiah singing styles. Thats the school he came from .
He got his first show over seas in New York with Johnny Osborne , LT stitchi Little John more, produced by Clinton Lynsy , got more shows , traveled back and forth from America to England doing shows.
When performing in the U.S he ran into "PROFESSOR" his first help in the biz so both him, Philip Smart from H.C and F co-produced "BIG INA BED" that went 2 on the New York and the British Reggae charts.
Up to this point his name was Lilly Melody ,a name he got when living at Central Village because he was always singing by the river early mornings with lots of lily flowers around.
He went on to do a few more singles and shows for some Independent producers as Lilly Melody. Isiah was getting older and starting to feel he has to help the human race from self destruction so he took a break from writing , recording to re-educate him self mentally to go on this mission, He got re-energized by Luciano, Sizzler and Garnett Silk, then felt he had to work on his art and step it up a notch .
During one of his daily meditations, Jah Rastafar -I came to him in a vision and told him why he was here, his mission that his name should be symbolic of his work, ISIAH MENTOR.
He recorded singles for music"Witty"Master Label like Zion Train, Everything and Stronger , also recorded for the Golden Cartel Label Road Block ,Black Pyramid prod-Only Jah, Agrian from Black Scorpia,"what have you done", Reggae Run de Place",Astyle records" Far from home" ,this song was on the New York top 30 charts for 6 weeks.
Isiah started his own record label ,Village Roots Records and released one of the tuffest compilation cd on the market right now, Reggae Startime vol.1, with Tanya Stephens,Anthony B, Turbalance, Chuck Fender, Vybes Cartel, George Nooks and Isiah mentor,a few on the 21 track cd,This cd got very good reviews worldwide . ISIAH'S NUMBER ONE HIT
In 2006 ,Isiah released one of his strongest tunes as of yet entitled ,"Fight Fight Fight", which was released as a 7" single on In The Streetz Records. The tune was written and produced by Isiah Mentor on his label ,Village Roots Records along with a video that is being played all around the world. Fight Fight Fight is on some charts in Germany, Italy, and France to name a few and is 1 in New Mexico U.S.A. .He also voiced , produced another heavy Roots Anthem ,called "Rasta Government" which has gotten some serious credentials/feedback amongst the Jamaican roots-scene, and showed up on the charts in Italy during its first prerelease week Isiah Mentor has avery promising future with his cd coming Spring 2010
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