REGGAE artist Jamie Irie is hoping his new album will reach number one in specialist charts to do his much missed brother proud.
The 48-year-old, whose real name is Jamie Saysell, released Nah Give Up earlier this year and it made the top spot in the Juno download sales chart of ‘roots reggae, lovers rock and one drop’ category.
Now, he has released a dub-step version of the album called Nah Give Up Dub.
Penned in Jamie’s own studio, the album is a dedication to Mark Saysell, Jamie’s brother, who died of cancer in 2012.
“Mark was such a strong character but when he was having his treatment he lost his strength,” said Jamie, from Tredworth.
“I used to say Nah Give Up to him.
“Sadly he didn’t pull through but he was always positive.”
Flying between Jamaica and New York throughout the 1990s, Jamie has worked with some of the biggest names in the reggae game including Shaggy and Elephantman.
Jamie worked on the original Nah Give Up album throughout 2012 and spent teamed up with reggae artist Idavid this year to create the dub-step version.
The album is currently at number five in the chart.
“It was fantastic to see the last album reach number one and it would be amazing if the same could happen with this track,” said Jamie.
“It is not all about number one for me, it is about having my music in the arena.
“But I am only as good as the support I receive.
“I would love everyone in Gloucester to get behind me and support this new album.
“I want to do Gloucester proud.”
The album can be purchased at www.junodownload.com/dub-reggae
Jamie can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jamie.irie
Listen to the original version of Nah Give Up here: