MP3 Conroy Warren - Tsunami
This album is a mixture of Rggae,R&B and Soca, with smooth melodic vocals and instrumental improvisation
4 MP3 Songs
URBAN/R&B: R&B Pop Crossover, WORLD: Reggae
Conroy was born in the village of Graysfarm, ST. Johns Antigua. At the age of 13, Conroy and his family moved to ST. Thomas V.I. where they settled on the southeastern part of the island. It was at this stage of his development that he realized his interest in music and his ability to perform for others. He would often sing while tapping on school desk and the dining table at home.
A few years later, at age 15 or 16, he picked up his older brother''s guitar that was left at home and began teaching himself to play the guitar. This led to his involvement with other young musicians from the area that had similar ambitions. They later formed a band called "The Explosions".
After high school, and with the guidance of his older brother Alfred, Conroy auditioned and was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts where he earned a professional in music diploma in arranging and composition in 1977. In 1985 he attended Herbert H. Lehman College in New York, where he received a bachelor of science degree in music.
The Berklee College of Music environment was a positive experience for Conroy. While studying and honing his skills, he was fortunate to be exposed to some of the best and most talented musicians and artist in the business both on and off campus. While at Berklee, Conroy performed extensively on the local Boston seen, and at one point leading his own group "True Culture" He also performed and toured with a top Boston gospel choir R.I.C.C, including participation in "Festac 77" in Lagos Nigeria. During this time, Conroy would travel to New York City to perform with the "Jaguars". This band backed up some of the Caribbean biggest stars, such as the Mighty Sparrow, Arrow, Swallow Lord Observer and Calypso Rose.
Between 1978 and 19183, Conroy performed extensively on the local Virgin Island music seen, playing with various bands and local artist, while teaching music at the Evelyn Marcelli Elementary School in St. Thomas.
At present, Conroy performs solo acts, as well as with his band. He also conducts music and cultural enrichment programs throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In addition, Conroy performs regularly with "The Melvin Dean Ensemble".
Conroy expresses his deepest respect and admiration, for the pioneers who laid down the foundation for many like him on witch to build. Artist such as The Mighty Sparrow, Carlos Santana, Otis Redding, Sam Cook, Aretha Franklin, West Montgomery, George Benson, Grover Washington, Eric Gayle and many of the leading singing groups and bands of the 50''s and 60''s provided him with a wealth of musical information, for which he is grateful.
When life changing events take place we react in different ways. I react by composing songs. Perhaps this is an inherited tradition from my island upbringing. As a young boy growing up in Antigua in the Caribbean, it was customary to compose songs about big events. Examples abounded in calypsonians like the Mighty Sparrow who wrote songs about the Cuban Missile Crisis, https://www.tradebit.comtin Luther King''s rise in the Civil Rights Movement and the assignation of President Kennedy. Calypsonians and folk singers commonly used songs as a way to inform and express them selves and their responses as they occur.
In the hours after the tsunami, as I watched and listened with great empathy, the devastation to people''s lives, I was moved to write a song. It took me a few weeks to complete the production. I entitled the song TSUNAMI: a mother cries. I would welcome the opportunity to share the song with a wide audience, with the hope that it brings comfort to the desolate and remind us all that we are one people in this human race.
I have released the CD and will give $2.00 for every CD sold to the tsunami victims of Africa and South East Asia.
I look forward to share TSUNAMI: a mother cries with you.