A much loved talent with an astonishing voice and unnerving ability to pen a pop smash, McLean launched himself into the high end of the British charts with a string of Top Ten hits in the early 90s.

Born in 1972, Bitty's earliest memories were punctuated with the music he would hear courtesy of his father's sound system, where he started by singing over Jamaican Dub and Instrumental riddims.

In 1992, McLean not only co-produced but played and sang on UB40's hugely successful album "Promises And Lies" which sold 8 million copies.

Bitty's own recordings including It Keeps Rainin’, Dedicated To The One I Love, Here I Stand notched up 3 UK top ten singles by 1994 selling over 1 million records.

The subsequent years saw Bitty accrue a fearsome catalogue of top 30 singles, as well as playing UK arena tours with UB40, Wet Wet Wet and Simply Red.

In 2004, he released the superb "On Bond Street", in which Duke Reid's Treasure Isle instrumentals played by the legendary Tommy McCook and the Supersonics formed the basis of the album. Bitty complemented these 35 year old tracks with such elegance it was hard to believe he was not there when the tracks were originally recorded.

Bitty followed up with a major collaboration with the worlds' greatest rhythm section, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. The trio recorded "Movin' On", a brand new studio album in Kingston, Jamaica. Featuring the hits "Real Thing", "Lately" and "Let Them Talk", "Movin' On" came out in 2009 to widespread critical acclaim, as the New York Times hailed it as the best Reggae album of that year.

Following tours of Europe and Japan with Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang, Bitty went back to the studio and recorded a follow up to "Movin' On" entitled "The Taxi Sessions".

"The Taxi Sessions" blends Sly and Robbie's classic hard rockers and rub a dub riddims recorded during the 80‘s with a first rate line up of Jamaican musicians.

Featuring the Riddim Twins' distinctive sound along with Bitty’s trademark voice, "The Taxi Sessions" not only reaffirms, but also solidifies Bitty McLean as one of Reggae’s premier singers and songwriters, as exemplified by superb tracks as " Blessings By The Score", " Brotherman" or " A Step Closer"...

 

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