Hailing from the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn NY, emerging Reggae Artist VBRTNS is receiving the critical nods from Reggae music critics for his debut release “Higher”.
Born to a Haitian Mother (Eliane Legagenur) and Jamaican father, reggae artist Professor Grizzly (Christopher Robertson), he credits his initial love of music to his father, whose frequent performances with Massive B Records Camp in the early 90s, helped inspire this young crooner to pursue of the art of music.
While he has always harboured an innate love of Reggae, the journey to becoming a wholly fledged Reggae practitioner was preceded by a few musical iterations.
Before he was VBRTNS, he was known as Irie-Child.
Before that, he had a stint as a creative within the Hip-Hop sphere As T-Rav. Under this moniker, he was discovered by the Hip-Hop icons Dead Prez in the early 2000s.
His discovery by Dead Perez would see him call Prez’s Warrior Studios his professional home base. Here he expanded his skills and acumen as an audio engineer, songwriter, technical sound engineer, producer, and artist.
In 2011, the multifaceted music maven earned his Certification in Audio Engineering and Advance Media at the Institute of Audio Research (IAR).
During his time at IAR, VBRTNS developed a variety of life-threatening illnesses which forced him to relinquish music and school simultaneously.
What started as a way to heal became a sojourn into holistic nutrition, ultimately providing him with a fresh perspective and elevation of his music precepts.
Shortly after his recovery, he migrated to Greensboro, NC, where his reggae roots bloomed, and along the journey taught himself to play the guitar which helped usher his full-fledged transition from Hip-Hop/R&B to Reggae going by the moniker Irie-Child.
Today he is VBRTNS, and has earned himself critical acclaim for his lyrical precision, content, and melodies which represent the full circle of his musical evolution and influences, churning his unique soundscape that is being hailed as a seamless fusion of Reggae’s Past and Present.
His latest release “Higher” is a solid representation of this mantra and its infectious vintaged “rubadub” inspired soulfulness has already been embraced by terrestrial radio in Jamaica, UK, Australia and France, and made an impressive weekend debut on Spotify racking up over 3000+ streams in his opening weekend.
Written by: Tony