Sierra Nevada World Music Festival 1998

Peter Hunnigale

A favorite of rock lovers and the man they call "Mr. Honey-vibes," Peter Hunnigale, has been making music for over 15 years, stemming back to the days when he was a rhythm guitarist for a studio outfit called "Vibes Corner." At Vibes Corner, Peter worked alongside one of the UK's most respected R&B vocalists, Raymond Simpson, and with his school-pal Fitzroy Blake, who engineered the sessions. Fitzroy Blake is still the engineer on some of Peter's present-day recordings.

Peter released his first album In This Time, in 1987. The album won critical acclaim and awards for Best Album and Best Singer at the British Reggae Industry Awards ceremony. Peter's first number 1 record came in 1989 when he teamed up with partner Tippa Irie for a song called "Raggamuffin Girl." This began a partnership between the two and earned them song of the year (Echoes Magazine 1989).

Peter then made British reggae history when his song "Perfect Lady" (Fashion) went to number 1 on the reggae charts. After several weeks he knocked "Perfect Lady" out of #1 with his own song "British Please" (Saxon), for which he won awards for best songwriter, best singer, and best single for 1994. In 1996, Peter was officially recognized at the Mobo Award as the best international reggae act for that year beating out competition from Chaka Demus & Plies, Maxi Priest, and Buju Banton. He won a Black Music Award in September 1996 for "Best Reggae Artist." and in 1997 Peter was voted best male vocalist at the People's Reggae Award. He also won Best Song--for his part in "Share Your Love" with a vocal group named Passion Within one year, Peter received 5 awards, and became recognized internationally as one of the UK's premier reggae artist.

Peter has written and produced for artists Dennis Brown, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Maxi Priest, Rodney C, Arsenal FC, Arabella, Tippa Irie, and Trevor Hartley and has performed around the world from Australia to Japan, Jamaica (Sunsplash '96), New York, Germany, Sweden, Paris, and the UK.

Peter released two albums in 1997, entitled Silly Habits (The Jammin Group) and Genuine for Saxon Records, both of which reflect Peter's skill in songwriting, producing, and vocal talents. Look out for more of Peter Hunningale this year, with a new album, new flavors, and sounds to satisfy everyone.

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