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Lightening shines with 'Early Morning Flash' Featured

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Sunhi Productions artiste Lightening is a rastafarian artiste who is raising eyebrows with his breakout song, 'Early Morning Flash'.

Lightning was born in Kingston, Jamaica and lived with his father in the city. During vacations, he visited his grandfather and grandmother on their farm in Westmoreland, in the west of Jamaica. At vacation end, he never wanted to return to the city and eventually moved permanently to the farm at the age of 13 years.

On the farm, he learned to love nature and learned the value of hard work to support family. He also learned here the simplicity and complexity of life with a large family living in a small house. This is where he developed his songwriting and began singing a capella with the birds.

“My favourite birds were the Nightingale and the John Chewitt, both of which are great birds known for their musical singing,” he said.

Born Christopher Campbell, Lightning attended school in the nearby resort town in Negril, Jamaica. He supplemented his family income by selling peanuts to tourists after school, and later, he became an apprentice wood carver, making his own carvings for sale. It was while doing his carpenting work, he would began to compose his first songs.

Lightning’s songs centred around the rustic peace of rural life, nature, man’s relationship with God as opposed to the dangerous life of streets gangs in war-torn Kingston.

“My favourite artistes are Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Beres Hammond and Freddie McGregor so I blended all their styles together,” he said.

He honed his craft and he soon began making appearances at local stage shows at events in Negril. During one of those performances, he was ‘discovered’ by producer Sol Chica, who, together with Grammy-nominated Amos Chip Dabney, helped him complete his first CD.

“The album incorporates songs relating to almost every facet of life, from violence to life, from drought to life, his love of Jah and Rastafarian culture, and even some mischief is in there as well,” he said with an impish smile.

Lightning now alternates between life in New York and Jamaica.

“Music just gives me great joy and I love performing in front of audiences, and this is what I want to do for the rest of my life,” he said.

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