Terry Linen is easily one of reggae music's greatest talents to have emerged in the new millennium. Blessed with a brilliantly distinctive voice, the diminutive singer has cemented a place in the hearts of reggae lovers worldwide with a combination of his haunting melodies and wonderful songwriting.
Born Kiplin Simpson, he grew up in the district of Red Bank, he attended the Red Bank Primary and Red Bank High schools. Being the first child for his mother, his grandparents were the ones who look after him, while his mother hustled to put food on the table, for him and his five siblings. His father migrated to England at the time. Eventually, Terry moved from the quiet district of Red Bank to the sleepy bustle of Mandeville to live with his mother who had remarried.
When he graduated from school, he hooked up with the legendary Black Kat sound system where he cut dubs. It was during those inspirational Black Panther days that Terry became great friends with local artistes who were on the rise which included General Degree, Tony Rebel and Garnet Silk who had a tremendous influence on the impressionable singer.
Terry also met two of the most influential people of his career, Tyrone Taylor & Courtney Melody, during that time. Eventually, Terry's close bond with Degree began to pay dividends as Degree invited Terry to the studio with him on several occasions, introducing him to influential movers and shakers in the music business. In the meantime, Terry also met a wealthy local bus owner from Southfield, St. Elizabeth called 'Million' who persuaded Terry to join his sound of the same name where he went on to cut the tune "Sweet Cassandra" on Million's own label, however the song failed to spark much interest from the public.
It was not until 1996 when he recorded "Rainbow Never Touch the Ground" on the Kutchie rhythm for producer/songwriter Anthony Red Roze that people began to take notice of the young singer. After the moderate success of this song, Anthony Red Roze began to take on the mantle as Terry Linen's manager. The artiste began to put out reggae gems such as the ultra-popular "Couldn't Be the Girl for Me" and "Jah Jah You Save Me". Then Linen recorded his monster hit, a cover of Whitney Houston's "Your Love Is My Love" in 1999.
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