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When looking at Inner Circle and their 50-year history in the reggae field there is much more than what meets the eye. This Jamaican bred, Grammy award winning quintet, is one of the worldâ€™s most respected reggae groups with a long string of successes stretching back to the mid-70â€²s. Inner Circle blends a special style of pop-oriented Jamaican beats and energy that have made them the leading stars of their movement. Their spirit through the power of reggae within live performances has allowed the band to transcend the traditional reggae niche and create a widespread crossover appeal. Inner Circle plays at many of the worldâ€™s largest music festivals, headlining alongside such towering pop and rock music icons as Elton John, Van Morrison, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Carlos Santana, and many others.
In 1978, while playing for the One Love Reggae Peace Concert in Jamaica, the historic event in the film â€œHeartland Reggae,â€ which featured Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, the band achieved a major breakthrough when Chris Blackwell signed the group to Island Records. That same year, they achieved substantial commercial success with the Island album â€œEverything Is Great,â€ which became a Top 20 hit in the U.K and a Top 10 smash in France, and produced the popular singles â€œMary, Maryâ€ and â€œMusic Machine.â€ Tragically, just as the band was poised for a major international breakthrough, Jacob Miller, the lead vocalist was killed in a car accident on March 23, 1980. Devastated, the rest of the band broke up. Ian Lewis and Harvey moved to Miami and opened a recording studio named Circle House, while Roger Lewis joined them not too long after. Inner Circle became one of the first Jamaican groups to tour in the U.S. Circle House Studios remains one of the most prominent recording studios in Miami to date and was the home of the 2014 worldwide smash hit â€œHappy,â€ by Pharell Williams. Inner Circle achieved new levels of international success in the 1990s. The title track of the album â€œBad Boysâ€ became a #1 hit in almost every European territory, and sold approximately seven million copies worldwide. Meanwhile, the Fox television network chose â€œBad Boysâ€ as the theme song for its reality show Cops, premiering in March 1989. As the program turned into a hit, â€œBad Boysâ€ became a household pop-culture reference. Marking the 25-year anniversary that â€œBad Boysâ€ has been on Cops, it has been named the #1 most played reggae song across the world. â€œSweat (A La La La La Long)â€ exploded across the world right after, topping the charts in several countries in Asia, South America, Australia, and New Zealand as well as the European continent where it became the most played record in Germany and remained at #1 for a full three months.
After winning a 1993 Grammy for Best Reggae Album with â€œBad Boys,â€ the band scored again with the 1994 album Reggae Dancer, which earned another Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album. â€œSummer Jamminâ€ was featured in the soundtrack of Eddie Murphyâ€™s film Beverly Hills Cop III. The track â€œBad Boysâ€ became a hit again when it was used as a title song for the Will Smith/Martin Lawrence action film with the same name, including the sequel, Bad Boys II.
Since 1997 Inner Circle has undertaken one of its most intense periods of touring, playing to enormous crowds, often in territories where few touring acts dare to venture. â€œIn the last three or four years, weâ€™ve been everywhere in the world, â€ says Roger Lewis. â€œBrazil, Guam, India, Taipei, Beirut, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Asia, India the United Arab Emirates,â€ continues Lancelot Hall. â€œTo some people a world tour is North America, Europe and Japan, but not us. If itâ€™s on the map, weâ€™re going there.â€ â€œTraveling around the world, you really learn that everybodyâ€™s basically the same,â€ observes Ian Lewis. Inner Circles recent collaborations include a remix of Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogâ€™s â€œYoung Wild and Free,â€ featuring Bizerk, and I-Octane, which has reached up to 3 million views on YouTube, an amazing feat for a reggae track. Recently in May of 2014 young artistes and producers Chronixx, Steven McGregor, Don Corleone and Supa Dups assembled together at Circle House Studios. Chronixx is the latest to work with the Miami based veterans. He sang the lyrics to Tenement Yard with Millerâ€™s distinctive vocals from the original track in the background. According to Lewis, â€œJacob would be very happy...Itâ€™s a perfect bridge of past and present.â€ He says, â€œThis song is gonna run Reggae Music.â€ Inner Circle is also releasing new projects with the talents of Nengo and Flo Rida in a song called â€œFall in Love.â€ They also recently did a â€œOne Loveâ€ remix and included the works of artist Pitbull, as well as Peter Morgan.
Roger Lewis, Inner Circleâ€™s co-founder, and guitar player, says working with contemporary reggae acts is their way of reaching out to a new generation. â€œIn a way (it is) to reach a new â€˜demoâ€™ but we collaborate with the artists we feel have the right vibe and who touch us musically,â€ he told the Jamaica Observer. â€œWe are all one, regardless of our different ideas, and music is the best way to communicate that. Music is the highest language; it transcends politics, geography, and skin color, and it transcends all the things that separate people.â€ According to Touter Harvey, â€œThe name Inner Circle means family, and thatâ€™s what we are. Weâ€™re all devoted to the band and each other, and thatâ€™s what makes us strong. We believe in the spiritual vibes of family and friends. Our success is nothing without warm, genuine people around to share it. Being successful is day-to-day just trying to be happy and keeping it real.â€