Reggae Star Gramps Morgan Gains Jamaican Citizenship

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Author: Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd

Gramps Morgan, the US-born reggae star, has been granted Jamaican citizenship status ahead of the Grammy Awards at the end of the month.

The 45-year-old, a member of Grammy Award-winning band Morgan Heritage, has been in Jamaica for some time promoting his critically acclaimed solo project. His Positive Vibration album has been Grammy-nominated. His third album was recorded where he resides in Nashville, Tennessee as well as Toronto in Canada the Jamaican capital of Kingston. It was produced by Canadian Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Johnny Reid.

Released last August is a blend of reggae and the older genres of ska and mento with an injection of country music, where Morgan utilised a Jamaican banjo and a Nashville guitar. It includes a guest appearance from Kingston-born superstar Shaggy, his friend for over 25 years, for the track Float Ya Boat.

Morgan, the producer of Lieutenant Stitchie’s award-winning Masterclass album, has not only infused traditional Jamaican music into his unique songs but he has also been sporting a beaver hat since being on the island to celebrate Rastafarian fashion.


The album is one of six vying to triumph in the Best Reggae Album category at the Grammy Awards, which will be held at the Arena in Los Angeles on 31 January.

A trio of Jamaicans are also in the running to capture top honours, namely dancehall megastar Sean Paul for his Live N Livin album, Maroon Town’s Jesse Royal for his Royal release and Kingston’s Etana for Pamoja.

Morgan now has Jamaican citizenship after the passport agency and the Jamaican Consulate rubber stamped his citizenship.

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