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Christopher “Fya Rose” Smith born in Morant Bay St. Thomas at the Princess Margret Hospital in 1972, grew up in a small district called Mountpellea in Yallahs, St. Thomas, where he attended the Yallahs Primary School, then by 1982 his family moved to Portmore where he attended the Independence City All – Age School. He didn’t take part in any sporting activities but he enjoyed being a part of the school’s farming project. He then left school at age 14 and went to learn a trade. At the same time, he had a great interest in music.

It really started when he was singing around the music box in local bars along with his friends who always complemented me on his singing. His first experience within the music business started in Portmore, St Catherine, Jamaica. It was at the age of 17, in the year 1990 when he started working with international artiste. One of the first persons who encouraged and inspired me was Burro Banton. He showed me that he had a talent as a singer. He can remember him calling him after a stage show, which he performed on, that he had kept the previous night. He told me that the crowd was going wild when he performed and that he should start going to local stage shows in order to promote his talent.

The advice that Burro Banton gave him was in regards to the music business, which he took very seriously. He then started to get himself around to different promoters who were having stage shows around the area; there he got to show off my talent. Pretty soon in 1993, He found himself working for Youthman Promotions, which is managed and owned by international reggae artiste Mr. Sugar Minott. His first recording was for his son Alton Minott in 1994 at Youthman Promotion studios which became his musical camp. From there he performed at different stage shows alongside different kinds of artiste. He also performed weekly at nightclubs called Cactus and Extremes in Portmore.

He then migrated to the United Kingdom in the year 2000, representing myself at stage shows, with world artiste like Craig David in Northhampton, UK artistes, Big Brother and more UK/ Jamaican artistes. He returned to Jamaica 2005 after linking with the studio 55 crew, London Base Camp.


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