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SkyGrass (formerly known as Blu Grass in the Sky) was formed in 2009 by Simon Samuel, Rasheed McCallum and Suane Brown.
The name SkyGrass represents the member’s perspectives on both their unique fusion of genres, as well as their outlooks on life. Simon, Suane and Rasheed found their distinctive sound to be rooted in the heavily drum and bass influenced rhythms of reggae music, while sky-bound with the high flying energy of rock guitar, punctuated by the street flavoured lyrical delivery of Jamaican dancehall.
Simon, referred to as a “vocally potent lead singer”, by music critic Andre Frater (Jamaica Gleaner), and a “Lyrical genius” by Craig Parks of KeepLeft Records, leads each performance with his passionate delivery on vocals and rhythm guitar. While Rasheed, son of Jamaican master classical guitarist Norman McCallum, energizes each set with his Dub-Rock prowess. Suane, a natural drummer, who has been dubbed “a monster on the drums” by Wayne Armond of the legendary reggae band Chalice, accompanies these two.
Based in Kingston Jamaica, the band plays a key role in the resurgence of live music among Kingston's youth. Giving critically acclaimed performances at various venues, including the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival (2010 and 2011) where they opened the main stage for Maroon 5 and at Reggae Month’s JARIA Festival in Emancipation Park.
In a time when the majority of the island’s music has for the most part, conformed to a genre related formula, often tainted by negative messages, SkyGrass dares to be different. With performances that are engaging, entertaining and appeal to a wide audience due to their clever lyrics and high-energy instrumentation, the band delivers a dynamic set of original songs that strike a chord with new audiences as well as loyal fans.