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Everton Charles Dennis, better known by his stage name E-Dee, is a popular reggae singer-songwriter who effortlessly mixes Dancehall, Hip-Hop and Electronic genres and who, since his first official release in 2005, has reached the Jamaican Top Ten charts numerous times.
Dennis was born in Toll Gate in the Parish of Clarendon, Jamaica, the youngest of 12 children, sadly losing his mother at an early age. Upon completion of his schooling, he traveled to Los Angeles to pursue his musical career.
After studying music and acting at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, E-Dee began recording with local producers, releasing mixtapes and booking shows as his reputation grew. In 2004 the 6’ 5” entertainer met platinum producer Qmillion and signed with Unseen Lab Recordings. In 2005 he released his first official single ‘R U Ready’ and subsequent album, ‘JA 2 LA 2 Di World.’ Sales were strong in Japan, but it wasn’t until 2007 that E-Dee burst on to the music scene in Jamaica when his collaboration with Irie Love, ‘Revolution’ hit the Top Ten and was nominated for an EME award (Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards) for best collaboration. As well, his feature on Ms. Triniti’s hit ‘Bongce Along’ reached the Top Ten, as well as landing in the Top 20 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop single sales charts. In 2010, Dennis reached the Jamaican Top Ten charts again with ‘Rightful Place’.
In 2011 he starred in ‘Out the Gate’, a feature film loosely based on his life which also featured Paul Campbell (‘Shottas’ and ‘Dancehall Queen’) and Oliver Samuels (‘Oliver at Large’). The film was released to theaters in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Toronto and Jamaica.
The newspaper Atlanta Daily World wrote “(the movie) appears to be on its way to becoming a classic”. The DVD version was subsequently released in December 2012. 2013 releases included the collaboration ‘Ghetto Yutes Rise’ ft. I-Octane and in 2014 ‘No Other Girl (I’m Sorry)’ which reached #5 on the Jamaica music countdown chart.
E-Dee’s songs have been sought after by Hollywood and used in the feature films ‘I Think I Love My Wife’, ‘How She Move’ and ‘Like Mike 2: Streetball’ as well as in the television series ‘Greek’, ‘Blue Bloods’ and ‘Bad Girls Club’.
E-Dee’s newest track, ‘Between The Sheets’ ft. Jazhmyne and produced by Grammy-winning producer Qmillion, will be the first single released from his forthcoming eponymous album Everton E-Dee Dennis, scheduled for release in 2015.
Where I Belong
E-Dee and Glen Washington first met a few years ago backstage at a sold out performance in Los Angeles where they were double-billed. Dennis, a long time fan of the veteran Washington whose first hits came out of Studio One, approached the singer about a a collaboration, and when Glen returned to California, the two linked up with Grammy Award winning producer Qmillion, and wrote and recorded the song.
The lyrics highlights the challenges of living in a system that puts the youth and minorities in general at risk to the possibility of losing their lives at the hands of law enforcement. “Teach the truth to the youth, remember Hands Up Don’t Shoot,” sings Washington. The feeling of the record is peaceful, reflecting the positive hand of hope and faith in guidance and protection. The single will be officially released on iTunes and all digital outlets worldwide now!
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