Courtney John

courtney-john.jpgCourtney John’s original style of music is a blend of classic and modern Reggae and R&B style, with a bit of soul, jazz and urban pop. He enjoys singles such as Baby Tonight on the Sly and Robbie classic.

Courtney grew up in the scenic fishing village of Annotto Bay, St Mary where he spent time listening to the melodious tunes of his uncles Winston and Beres Hammond. At the age of twelve, Courtney John had already written and performed his first song. In honing his musical skills, Courtney attended regular jam sessions where he learned more about writing, arrangement and instruments.

Driven by his desire for knowledge and success Courtney John later moved to Toronto, Canada to complete his education. Returning to Jamaica with a Business Diploma, Courtney decided it was time to get his musical career up and going. Determined to make his dream a reality he applied his talent and business knowledge as co-founder of FiWi Music, a record label known for the production of quality Reggae music he then recorded and his critically acclaimed debut album “Miracle” under the stage name “Yogie”.

Yogie quickly became one of Jamaica’s hottest up and coming artistes, receiving international recognition with the hit single ‘I go Crazy’, he later released, ‘Brighter Days, and ‘Here Again’.

Building on the success and attention, he got for his debut album and his resolution to further career; Courtney turned his sites and talent writing and producing. He has produced several reggae remixes for Nelly Furtado’s singles, most notably ‘Say It Right’ and produced the Reggae-dancehall remix of ‘Promiscuous’ By Nelly and Timberland, this spent more than four weeks at the top of Billboard Hot 100 chart. Courtney John is also an extraordinary songwriter, having penned hits for Marcia Griffiths (Shining Time) and Beres Hammond (Cant Stop a Man).

Over the years, Courtney Yogie’ has grown significantly as a recording artiste and music industry professional. In 2004, he was featured in the New York Times Magazine, as one of Reggae music artiste to watch.

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