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Jamaican sensation specializing in the ‘lovers rock’ style of reggae music
They say stars aren’t made they are born.
Twenty-eight years ago, in the Stepney District of St. Ann, Jamaica (about 1km from the birth place of reggae legend Bob Marley) Romain Renaldo Virgo was born. Like most of the popular music’s greats, Romain’s musical foray began at age 9 when at a church concert it was recognized that he had an unusual talent for singing.
Several church functions and gold-medal winning cultural events later, Romain led his school’s choir to a second place finish in a nationally televised high school choir competition called “the All Together Sing” in 2006.
The following year, at 17, Romain became the youngest winner of Digicel Rising Stars – Jamaica’s most popular talent search competition. Throughout the competition, Romain was scintillating and sensational, outshining his opponents with singing skills that seemed to stretch far beyond the talent of a 17 year old.
His win led to another first. This was an endorsement deal from Pepsi Cola Jamaica, with his picture on the Pepsi drink bottle making him the first Jamaican with such endorsement.
2009 saw Romain beginning work on his debut album, Romain Virgo, with the help of Donovan Germain of Penthouse Music and Dawin Brown of Vikings Productions.
Romain quickly released his self-penned debut hit single, Can’t Sleep. Can’t Sleep’s appealing reggae grooves coupled with Romain’s animated delivery and catchy hook underscored the grim ghetto realities that are still relevant even today in its lyrics: “This is a serious time/violence and crime and a bare gun thing di youths dem have pon dem mind/Micyan sleep/a pure gunshot a beat.” His next singles Love Doctor on the Automatic rhythm, and Wanna Go Home (Rain is Falling) followed the success of his first single, receiving immense airplay.
After signing to VP records in February of 2010, Romain released his much anticipated album, Romain Virgo, in the summer of the same year to much critical acclaim. The 15-track album provided much-needed positive messages to the young people, written and sung by one of their own. Romain also started to make a name for himself overseas doing multiple successful tours in the US and Europe.
19 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
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The café, concert hall, and restrooms are all wheelchair accessible. If you would like to request a wheelchair seating location or have other ADA needs, please e-mail boxoffice at swmh.com as soonView more
The café, concert hall, and restrooms are all wheelchair accessible. If you would like to request a wheelchair seating location or have other ADA needs, please e-mail boxoffice at swmh.com as soon as you purchase your ticket. We will do everything possible to accommodate your request.View less