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February is African American Heritage Month and WERS AT NIGHT is honoring one artist or one song every day this month that helped contribute to social consciousness, political responsibility, or civil rights. At WERS, we believe that these songs are always bigger than just entertainment; music can be used to drive a movement or even motivate a nation.
Beres Hammond, who is known as the king Lovers Rock continues to do his thing and sing songs that touch lovers and reggae fans all over the world. Born in Saint Mary, Jamaica on August 28, 1955, Beres Hammond’s soulful voice hit Jamaica in the 1970’s. From there he moved on to a solo career, which had great success in the 1990’s and still continuing to grow. He even started his own record company, called Harmony Records. Hammond’s song, “I’m in Love” in 1978 was his first hit in his solo career.
The king of “lovers rock” is influenced by music with soul and purpose. His raspy, soulful voice never fails to please women in all cultures. Beres Hammond is a producer, engineer, singer, and a mentor to artists like, Jah Cure. His dedication to making good, soulful reggae music is why he is an expert in his field. Beres Hammond contribution and constant hit songs is why we at WERS are honoring him.
Beres Hammond’s style is known simply as “lovers rock”. When his voice appears over the rhythms, you cannot help but rock to the beats and to his beautiful voice. His way of portraying a story or a lesson through his music is why we love him. Classic hit songs like, “Double Trouble”, “Rock Away”, “Can’t Stop a Man”, “No disturb Sign” are played on Rockers, and in the homes of people, because he is capable of making music reggae fans love. His music is felt by everyday working people that just want to be loved, held tight and gently through the night.
Hammond is a legend because his reputation was established in the mid 80’s-90. His fame and talent was cemented when he came back to Jamaica during his solo career and sang hit after hit starting with his album, Beres Hammond and pausing at “One Love, One Live,” which is becoming a big hit. This album has many tunes you can rock out to like, “No Candle Light,” “In My Arms,” and “One Love, One Life”. Do not hesitate to check out his recent album and look out for more from the king. Tune into Rockers, Boston’s home for reggae, Mon-Fri 7pm-10pm, to hear the beautiful melodies of Beres Hammond.