August 18th, 2010 reggae legend Tarrus Riley will be performing at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, 79 Washington St., Providence, RI.

Tarrus Riley's new album "Contagious" in stores now.

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Virtually born and steeped in music, Tarrus Riley has learnt a lot by merely being in the environment of the music business. He caught on very quickly and so “voiced my first song at the age of 13”. “I’ve always loved music; I used to deejay but everyone used to encourage me to sing. They used to call me “Singy Singy” ‘cause I’m always singing,” he said with a introspective smile. In 2004, Tarrus released his debut album, Challenges -- “I was fortunate to have recorded my debut album with an independent label out of Miami”.

“I define myself so I make thought-provoking music about Black consciousness and experiences. I want to open people’s minds and let them think. My music isn’t prejudiced towards colour, class, creed or nationality,” he explained passionately. “I target women and children with my music because slavery tampered with the woman’s mind and that’s why I wrote She’s Royal. She’s the head of the household so she has the power to influence the young men and women of tomorrow,” he further explained.

Serving up “brain food” with a third album on the way, Tarrus is extremely excited. “The new album is titled, Contagious, produced by Dean Fraser on the Canon Production label,” he announced proudly. The formula, producing “thought-provoking music”, has not been changed, just tweaked a bit, to deliver the same Tarrus Riley with his signature melodies.

“I want everyone to catch this album – it better than flu,” he said with a chuckle. “What we do is Contagious; I believe it’s a good word to call upon oneself”.

Songs, such as “Start Anew” and “Good Girl Gone Bad” (featuring Konshens) from the album, are currently receiving tremendous airplay and ratings in the streets. The “ear-candy” Contagious will be released later this year, via Canon Production and distributed by VP Records.

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