Los Angeles, CA (MPR Consulting) – It is with exultation and humbleness that on February 15th, 2016, Reggae Month, Black History Month, The Royal Family of Reggae took the stage at Staples Center in Los Angeles to accept the Grammy for “Strictly Roots”, 2015 Best Reggae Album. “It is an honor that was a long time coming for the reggae siblings, an honor dedicated to “our Father Denroy Morgan, mothers Hyacinth Morgan and Pearl Foster, our wives/husband and children and to the people of our beloved Jamaica and Africa.”
“Winning the Grammy is an achievement next to none. While we are grateful for the acknowledgment from our piers, we’re even more grateful for the people behind the music and our fans that kept us going for over 20 years. It’s gratifying and humbling at the same time. Jah is worthy to be praised!!!” – Mojo Morgan
Undoubtedly one of contemporary reggae’s most powerful forces on the global stage, the sensational roots reggae quintet, which comprises siblings Peetah Morgan (vocals), Una Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Gramps Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Lukes Morgan (rhythm guitar) and Mr. Mojo Morgan (percussion/vocals), delivered Strictly Roots exclusively on their very own label CTBC (Cool To Be Conscious) Music Group. The award winning album features a wide variety of guest performers including platinum selling pop/dancehall phenomenon, Shaggy; American reggae and R&B vocalist, J Boog; third generation ambassadors from the Morgan and Marley families, Jemere Morgan and Jo Mersa Marley; reggae sensation, Chronixx; lead singer Eric Rachmany from rock, world and reggae band, Rebelution; and Bobby Lee from the American Grammy-nominated pop reggae band, SOJA.
Speaking on the road which led to this victory, CTBC Music Group General Manager, Wendy Morgan stated “Working many years in the industry, believing and passionate about what I do, it’s been a pleasure to work with Morgan Heritage and be apart of this history making moment of winning their first Grammy. Hard work and determination always pays off”
2015 saw Morgan Heritage spread their musical message of “Cool To Be Conscious” by successfully touring the four corners of the world. The siblings carried the Reggae torch in Asia, Europe, Africa, America and The Caribbean on their “Strictly Roots World Tour”, and with an historical Catch A Fire Tour with Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, and Tarrus Riley,
Gramps Morgan “My God this one is for Jamaica, Big up the people of ST-Thomas, Jamaica we love unuh. This is more than an emotion, the feeling is just insane. Big up to Bobby Digital, King Jammys, Donovan Jermaine, Fatis Burrell Rest in Peace, Robert Livingston, Don Corleon. Big up to all of the soundmen, Shane Brown yuh dun know Rockaz inna di Juxeboxx straight wi say. We will continue to try and bring the best music EVER. Reggae music and Dancehall music to the world. Jamaica STAND UP!!! We say Rockaz, Cool To Be Conscious. “
Noticeably absent from the ceremony was the 1st lady of Morgan Heritage, Una Morgan who is well on the road to recovery after health issues, watching with her family from her home, an overwhelmed Una stated “Hard work never felt so good, hard work never felt so real, and for all of this to be alive to be experiencing this is a gift from the most high. words can not express winning this Grammy, its the highest award that any musician could ever win, its the equivalent to the Oscars so for winning the best reggae album in 2015, words cant express. we are so full of gratitude, thank you to everyone that believed. From my father Denroy Morgan to VP Records, Bobby Digital, King Jammys, our agent Peter Shwartz, our lawyers, business managements, the list goes on and on, Robert Livingston, the list of artists that believed, Shaggy, thank you everybody, thank you all who believed”.
No rest for the weary as the show goes on, Morgan Heritage is gearing up for a North American “Keep On Jammin” Winter Tour alongside Blackalicious and Morgan Heritage next generation, Jemere Morgan.
Text by Malaika Lepine, MPR Consulting