Mr Vegas is a Soul Therapist

  • February 19, 2017
  • 4 min read
Mr Vegas is a Soul Therapist

Jamaican dancehall artist Mr. Vegas is an iconic artist. One of his biggest hits was the 1998 single “Heads High”. In his early days in Jamaica Mr. Vegas had a reputation as a troublemaker but he has recommitted himself to being a better person. He has a new album out called Soul Therapy with music that has a higher vibration and is reggae inspired but also connects on a spiritual level. With work like this you can’t help but draw comparisons to another Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley. The simple melodies of the songs on this project will surely propel Mr. Vegas to that type of plane. With his fan base now mostly grown adults since his hit “Heads High”. This project is sure to connect with the issues many people are currently facing globally.

What were some of the early obstacles you faced in your career?

Obstacles are going to be there. I pay less attention to the obstacles because I’m going to get over them. Whatever is trying to slow me down or trying to stop me I just focus on the solution.

Your 1998 hit song “Heads High” is anti-oral sex, what was the inspiration behind that song?

My nieces came from school one day and told me about a girl that got caught giving a guy head in class. I then told them to hold their heads high and work hard for what they want.

In 2008 you retired from music what was the reason behind that decision?

I tried to walk away from what I was doing, not from music. Music is life, so I can’t walk away from life. Even if your not playing music or singing music, music is going to be there wherever you are, it’s gonna be in your system. I was having issues with the people around me, I felt there was not enough genuine love. I tried to walk away but it didn’t happen because “I Am Blessed” came out and I was in high demand.

Why did you decide to call the project Soul Therapy?

The world we noe live in, needs some soul therapy. The government is failing us, the people who are suppose to protect us, is failing us. What other source do we have at this junction in our lives? We have tried money, fame, and we are still losing. You go to the airport and have to be worried about someone setting off a bomb. I’ve travelled the world and have been through airports that terrorist terrorized. This album is gonna let people know that if something should happen God forbid, at least they have the hope and faith of being in a better place. You can’t say nothing is gonna happen, we have seen things happening before our very eyes.

What would be your advice for aspiring artists?

Be yourself and do music from your heart. Do music that when you listen back to that song or album or whatever you did, 10 years from now you can say I didn’t make an ass of myself, I didn’t sell myself cheap just because I wanted a break so bad. Just do music from your heart.

Whats next for Mr. Vegas?

Touring the world. Doing music that makes people happy. I don’t want to force anything on anyone. I just want to let people feel the joy from this album.

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Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

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