Elihu Morris ~ Reggae Recording Artist Special Guest On 10/10/2022
Elihu Morris, Jamaican singer/songwriter who resides in the United States was known to his US fanbase as the ‘Prince of Lover’s Rock’. However, the name Elihu, a biblical one, refers to a man in the bible who always spoke the truth. Elihu Morris embraced reggae music and culture from as early as his teenage years. He was inspired by music stalwarts such as The Stylistics, The Impressions, The Chilites, Billy Paul, Smokey Robinson, Alton Ellis, and Dennis Brown to name a few.
In 2010 Elihu Morris began work on his debut album, ‘Broken Silence’. The album started out with the assistance of West African producer John Shai, then soon after, Samuel Notice. Notice, Phillip Smart (Pyramid Studios), Douglas McLeary (Rhythmax Records) and Phatta Brim (Anchor Studios), all worked on the album to make it a success. The album features authentic roots rock reggae that spoke to several social issues plaguing Jamaicans.
In 2016 he released his first EP called ‘The Evolution of Courtney Elihu Morris’ consisting of seven (7) tracks inclusive of ‘God of Israel’, ‘How Yuh Cold Suh’ and ‘Got to Be Me’. The EP was a success in countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada - building Elihu a more diverse fanbase. It also led him to garner media attention in Caribbean news outlets in Los Angeles, Boston, New York, and Jamaica.
‘Any Little Man’, another of Elihu’s hit singles, was released in 2020 on the Shamalki Roots production label and produced by Andrew Bassie. It permeated the airwaves of local and international radio stations and is considered by many to be one of the most motivational recordings. ‘Any Little Man’ speaks to and encourages the ordinary man to overcome life’s adversities. It asserts that with positivity and creativity, everything is possible.
‘On Your Side Of Town’ Elihu’s latest single, was released in 2021. It is a fusion of Old School Reggae with New School Rock & Pop and was produced by Andrew Bassie Campbell. The single has a mellow but edgy sound with elements of rock fused with pop, deep roots, and reggae. ‘On Your Side Of Town’ is described by those who listen as an “old school hit” with a “new school flavour”.
Andrew Bassie Campbell, producer of the track has worked with Elihu for over 5 years where they built a solid business relationship and friendship. He stated that, “Elihu is a talented song writer and had this song written for some time now, but we wanted something fresh and new to add to his originality and uniqueness. When we were at the studio with Bubbla (keyboard player), we opted to fuse past sounds with a modern flair and came up with something amazing”.
‘On Your Side Of Town’ as described by Elihu Morris is a “head turner”. He added, “Not everyone appreciates old school hits so I wanted to present this body of work in a way that different groups can enjoy. The magic happened when my team created the rhythm that complimented to words of the songs nicely. I try to reinvent the wheel a lot in music to stay current”
Elihu’s love for reggae resonates through his music. He said, “Reggae is so powerful. To me, it’s more than a genre of music, it is a lifestyle”. He wants to be remembered for his mellow tone and his lyrical prowess.