VP RECORDS PRESS RELEASE
New York, NY- Reggae & Rastafari champion Richie Spice returns to VP Records with a brand-new single “Beautiful Life” featuring Toronto based singer/songwriter Kathryn Aria, available worldwide January 18th.
The new single combines two of Richie’s strongest themes of love and consciousness.
“Beautiful Life” simultaneously presents itself as a lover’s tune while bridging together the universal concept of ‘One Love’ for life and consciousness. Produced by Steven Stanley, the song is sure to become a staple in Richie Spice’s already impressive music catalog.
With over 111 Million Streams across all platforms and known for his core hit reggae songs “Earth A Run Red,” ‘Youth Dem So Cold,” “Marijuana,” “Brown Skin” and “Ghetto Girl,” Richie Spice has recorded 8 albums for VP Records in his career, including his debut album “Spice In Your Life” which earned unanimous critical praise. He is in the studio finishing his new album and will be heading to the KICC in Nairobi Kenya February 16th for a live show with his Element Band. A US tour is slated for April.
“It's about the love of life, the connection, togetherness, that Rastafari call "Full Joy", says Richie Spice on ‘Beautiful Life’. “The song expresses the beauty of life whether in the perfection of Mother Nature's rivers and seas or in the intimacy between two persons.”
Beautiful Life Official Lyric Video
Reggae fans became acquainted with Richie Spice in 2004 when his single “Earth A Run Red” began its ascent on the charts, first in Jamaica, then internationally, ultimately emerging as one of the year's biggest hits despite being more than four years old! “Earth A Run Red” was originally featured on Spice’s debut album Universal released by Massachusetts based label Heartbeat Records in 2000.
In early 2004 Spice signed with 5th Element, a Kingston based management company/record label and they began a vigorous promotional campaign for “Earth A Run Red” in Jamaica which resulted in the song’s steady rotation on the airwaves and in the dancehalls. Additional hit tunes including the “Folly Living (Blood Again)”, “Ghetto Girl” and “Marijuana” were featured on Spice’s debut album for 5th Element Records--Spice In Your Life--which earned unanimous critical praise.
New York Times "One of the best reggae releases of 2004"
Los Angeles Times "One of the year’s ten best albums of any musical genre"
Jamaica Observer Newspaper's Artist & Vocalist 2004
IRIE FM Male Singer/Singjay of 2007
Kingston Black My Story Positive Musical Contributions Award 2008
IRIE FM & Thousands of Fans "Crown" Richie Spice--"Young King of Reggae" 2018
To date Spice has released 8 full lps including four superb albums for VP Records:
Spice in Your Life was licensed from Fifth Element and re-released in 2006 by VP.
In the Streets To Africa, reached no. 6 on the Billboard Reggae chart in 2007, its hit single “Youth Dem Cold”, produced by popular New York Reggae radio personality Bobby Konders, peaked at no. 59 on the Billboard Top 100 Singles Chart.
Gideon Boot debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard Reggae chart, in May 2008, propelled by the hits “Di Plane Land” and the inspiring title track that details his vow to continually wage war for the survival of righteous reggae.
Book of Job in 2011 delivered a compelling mix of Rasta anthems (“Jah Never Let Us Down”), unity plea (“No More War”), selections for the ladies (“Serious Woman” produced by Shane Brown) and social commentaries drawn from Spice’s life experiences (“Street Life” and “Yap Yap”, produced by Stephen “Lenky” Marsden).