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New York-based artiste Prestige Ali has dropped a new single called We the Girls Dem Want. You can download the single at

Born Ali Higgins in St.Andrew, Jamaica. He later moved to Clarendon where he attended Green Park All Age School. As a teenager, he was discovered as a track and field athlete and was invited to many high schools for his sport talent. But from the age of 7, Ali was recognized as a singing sensation by older folks, including his mean stepmother, who never said anything positive about any of her stepchildren other than that. In his teenage years, he performed constantly in local events in his community in Clarendon. The dream of being a top athlete and the dream of being a music star had him travelling back and fourth to the US from 1986 to 1989, for athletic trips. Here is when he was nicknamed "Prestige Melody" because of him returning to his poor neighborhood from his trips dressed in fancy clothes bought overseas, and "Melody" because of his singing abilities. In 1989, he was trying to graduate but he had no financial support so he decided to move to the States and make it on his own.

Switching between jobs and trying to survive made him lose his first dream of being a track star, so he began focusing on his second dream, being a music star. In 1992, Prestige Ali met someone from his hometown of Clarendon who was starting a record label in New York called Original Records. He began working with him and discovered the faces of the music business. His first recording was a cover version of "You Are My Everything" by Surface, but it wasn't a commercial success. At that point, Original Records ceased to exist as a record label, but for Prestige Ali there was no turning back on his recording career. By the end of 1993, he set up a record label himself, Press Star Music, and started hitting the studios frequently.

Distributed in Jamaica by Tuff Gong, he first released a cover version of R.Kelly's "Your Body's Calling", which received favorably airplay in Jamaica and NYC. Mariah Carey “Dreamlover” and “Hero” cover versions and a couple of talent shows followed, until when, in 1997, after realizing the difficulties in the music business, he paused and opened a Caribbean restaurant in Brooklyn, Prestige Cuisine. But in 2003, a friend came to visit Prestige Ali in the restaurant and rejuvenate his passion for music and convinced him to go back recording. His comeback song was a combination with Jah Mason, “Baby Look” (Press Star), which received decent commercial response in America and Japan, followed by a cover version of Mario’s “Let Me Love You”. Recently, Prestige Ali is receiving good response for his latest original efforts “Let It Go”, “Road To Life/I’m In For Sufferation”, “You Got My Heart” and lately “Love Champion/Love Occupation” and “War & Crime” featuring Grenadian artiste.


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