Lt. Stitchie says the creation of his upcoming album is being treated like “gold purified by fire”


Dancehall Governor Lt. Stitchie says he is very meticulous in creating his 23rd album, and treats the process like how a goldsmith smelts gold ore to perfection.

“As gold must be purified by fire, it is a mandatory process, so this new album must go through the meticulous process of creation for excellence at the Supa Mixe Studio. Lieutenant Stitchie & Raheem! Stitchie has released the ‘one of his many updates on the album, for which he took up residence in Jamaica to undertake.

The Dress To Impress artist posted several other posts chronicling his progress, in which he praised producers and musicians at various studios in Kingston and St Catherine, including Tuff Gong and Mixing Lab, who meticulously went through the sessions with him.

Stitchie also posted images of pianist Otty, Grammy-winning Reggae engineer, Nigel Burrell and himself “diligently getting to work on my next project a little at a time”, and, unlike recent rumors about the state of Jamaica’s younger musical genres, Stitchie said that all is well with the music he loves.

“Reggae & Dancehall Music is alive and well. Working on a NEW PROJECT with Father & Son, engineer Nigel Burrell at Supa Mixe Studio. Best Reggae Album GRAMMY 2021 alongside his super gifted son Raheem, generation after generation,” he said.

At Tuff Gong, the Masterclass artist showed drummer Jabari, in a photo he described as “clinically posing the Congos on a New Project track” and another with engineer Roland McDermott “working so creative”.

“NEW ALBUM IN PROGRESS: Jahbari & Lt. Stitchie at Tuff Gong Studio – The power of divine connection speaking in my music through the Spirit of Christ, YESHUA HA MASHIACH!” he says in another.

It also showed Tuff Gong Studio musicians Okiel and Oshane collaborating on horns, while at Mixing Lab Studio it featured studio engineer Fatman and his full band.

Stitchie returned to Jamaica in September last year to fully embark on the creation of the album, which he announced in May, and which will obviously feature string instruments used in orchestras , such as cellos and violins.

For the remainder of the past year, he had been engaged in extensive studio work at studios in his home base, Spanish Town, and had also been doing the media rounds.

The award-winning deejay had also enlisted the expertise of Grammy-nominated singer and musician Benjy Myaz to serve as composer, arranger and producer on the album.

Myaz, who plays seven musical instruments, is originally from Montego Bay and has extensive production and arranging experience. He was among the experts who worked with the late producer Bobby Digital on Sizzla’s internationally acclaimed album, the real thingand Capleton reign of fire.

Stitchie’s next album will follow on from his award-winning album Masterclass, which was co-produced by Morgan Heritage’s Gramps Morgan and for which the former PE teacher received the Caribbean Afro Reggae Album of the Year award. Music Award.

Masterclass was released in October 2019 and was described by Stitchie as his “best work ever”. The album featured 17 tracks and featured collaborations with Agent Sasco, Lukie D, Ricky Stereo, Million Stylez and Fantan Mojah.

Stitchie’s first Gospel Reggae album was titled To God be the glory which was released in 1999. In 2002, he won “Outstanding Male Reggae Vocal Performance of the Year” at the Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards.

The former Tivoli Gardens High School boy had an illustrious Dancehall career, recording his debut album Wear the size Yuh for King Jammys in 1987, which was also named Great Ambition by the producer, for the overseas market.

He was also signed to Atlantic Records, where he recorded a total of three albums, namely The Governor in 1989, Wild Jamaican Romances in 1991 and Rude Boy in 1993, all of which won the album award from the year in Jamaica. At the time, he was also featured on LL Cool J’s 1993 gold album 14 Shots to the Dome on a track called Straight From Queens.

Stitchie recorded Bun It Down for producer Patrick Roberts of Shocking Vibes in 1993, after his Atlantic stint ended. The single that topped the local music charts and was subsequently followed by a slew of number one songs. In one calendar year, Stitchie even finished with 14 number one songs.

Although Stitchie’s discography is extensive, his most memorable track is the hit Wear Yuh Size, about a fictional love interest who forced his feet into a tiny pair of shoes and ended up embarrassing herself in public.

Romance, Natty Dread, Hot Like the Sun, Broad Hips and Woman Fe Get Lyrics are some of his other big hits.

Over his centuries-old years, he has worked with a wide range of top Jamaican producers, including Bobby Digital, Danny Browne, Donovan Germaine, riddim twins Sly and Robbie, and Steelie and Cleevie.

In 2012, Stitchie, whose first name is Cleve Laing, received an honorary doctorate from Cornerstone Christian University in Orlando, Florida, in recognition of his contribution to Gospel Reggae. He published his autobiography, The power of determination in 2014 and was subsequently inducted into the Gospel Hall Of Fame in January 2016, in Kingston.


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