Ian Sweetness Bio
The Style of Ian Sweetness
Ian Sweetness is one of Reggae Music’s current honey flavored singers. The cool crooner has just released one of, if not, the sweetest rendition of the classic song “Little Green Apple." On this new version, Ian skillfully balances R&B/HipHop with Lovers Reggae groove. The result is a fusion of reggae, with a wide cross-over appeal that vividly displays the talent and artistry of Ian Sweetness.
The Early Years
Born gifted, with music in his soul, Ian attended Sunday school and sang in the choir. Growing up in Kingston, Jamaica, his mother and father were always singing around the house. He jumped right in. His first recording at the age of twenty was never released. In 1985, Jah Life studios first recorded Ian’s version of “I Hold You.” Later on he toured England, promoting that song along with “Show A Little Kindness” which did well internationally and “First Real Love." He was later managed by Penthouse for three years and also recorded on Bobby Digital Label and other labels in Jamaica. He was the first House Artist for Arrows Recording Studio along with singer Stone Wall Jackson.
Challenges & Trials
Ian voiced for a few producers and labels that never got off the ground. Because of his passion for music, he refused to allow these setbacks to hold him down. His resilience is admirable. This gifted, velvet voiced singer re-recorded “I Hold You” in Japan for release in Japan. In 1990 the death of his mother and then shortly after, his father, impacted him so deeply that he took a five-year hiatus from the music scene.
Once again Ian met the challenges of life and continued to overcome life’s obstacles. In 1995 he arrived in the United States and began recording for Don One studios and JAH Life record label. In 1999, he moved to Miami where he recorded “Little Green Apple”, which was written by O.C. Smith and produced by T. Dread. It soon became a Number one hit around the world.
Ian is a great admirer of Bob Marley, and was also inspired by the late great Prince of Reggae, Mr. Dennis Brown and many reggae and R&B artistes of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Ian is one of the original singers of Smooth Reggae Grooves and he sings for lovers. His versatility allows him to be an extraordinary actor as well. He is one of the most talented artists of the time.