Navardo Graham known artistically as Tidal was born on September 24, 1982 rural St. Mary. The third of five siblings, he was known as quiet and kind. As a child he often found comfort in music and used it as a means of expression. Like many musicians he decided to compose his own music which served as entertainment for family and friends. At a tender age, having had parents who were musically inclined, a father who played the guitar and a mother who sang on the church choir. Navardo was exposed to the melodic auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones known as Music.

In the early 1990’s, with the emergence of artists such as Buju Banton fresh on the scene with hits like “Love How the Gal-Dem Flex”; Tidal found his calling, his true passion. During the early 90’s when Dancehall music was highly influenced by consciousness and tantalizing rhythms. Dancehall music became a major influence and later shaped the course of destiny for Navardo Graham. He recalled from his childhood memories, listening to his father’s records such as Bob Marley, Leroy Smart and Beres Hammond among others. By the time his 10th birthday came around, Tidal had already penned his first song. His audience was his fellow peers in his Enfield Primary classroom. There he tested his musical creativity and began to display some of his musical talents. In the years that followed, Tidal became engrossed in music and looked to established figures in the dancehall arena for inspiration.

With the beginning of the new millennium, a new era had dawned. A new artist has emerged from the once shy but talented young man who hailed from humble beginnings. In 2003 Tidal stepped into the studio and unleashed his lyrical and energetic stage presence and recorded the song “Ghetto Youths Cry” for Tiger Records. He treasures meeting his Idol Buju Banton in 2004 at the artist’s personal studio where he was recording a demo. The engineer as well as Mr. Mark Myrie a.k.a Buju Banton was indeed impressed by this unprecedented new talent.

Since the beginning of his young musical career Tidal has collaborated with many flourishing artistes in the music business. From these collaborations, he has garnered the attention of engineers and international producers who have expressed an interest in his music. In 2008 Tidal succeeded in marketing his craftsmanship when his song ‘Smile’ was played on the airwaves by popular radio stations Zip 103 FM, Best FM and Irie FM. With determination and persistent, Tidal endeavours to take his music to international standards while proving that music is vast expression of self, circumstance and a channel for upliftment.


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