ROMAIN VIRGO & THE UNIT BAND
They say stars are not made, they are born. Twenty-eight years ago, in the Stepney District of St. Ann, Jamaica (about 1km from the birth place of Bob Marley) Romain Renaldo Virgo was born. Like most of the popular music greats, Romain's musical foray began at a church concert at age 9, where it was recognized that he had an unusual talent for singing. Several church functions and gold-medal winning cultural events later, Romain led his school's choir to a second place finish in a nationally televised high school choir competition called 'the All Together Sing' in 2006.
The following year, at 17, Romain became the youngest winner of Digicel Rising Stars - Jamaica's most popular talent search competition. Throughout the competition, Romain was scintillating and sensational, outshining his opponents with singing skills that seemed to stretch far beyond the talent of a 17 year old. His win led to another first. This was an endorsement deal from Pepsi Cola Jamaica, with his picture on the Pepsi drink bottle - making him the first Jamaican with such endorsement.
2009 saw Romain beginning work on his debut album, Romain Virgo, with the help of Donovan Germain of Penthouse Music and Dawin Brown of Vikings Productions. Romain quickly released his self-penned debut hit single, 'Can't Sleep.' 'Can't Sleep's' appealing reggae grooves coupled with Romain's animated delivery and catchy hook underscored the grim ghetto realities in its lyrics, that are still relevant today: 'This is a serious time/violence and crime and a bare gun thing di youths dem have pon dem mind/Micyan sleep/a pure gunshot a beat.' His next singles 'Love Doctor' on the Automatic rhythm, and 'Wanna Go Home (Rain is Falling)' followed the success of his first single, and received immense air play.
After signing to VP records in February of 2010, Romain released his much anticipated album, Romain Virgo, in the summer of that year to much critical acclaim. The 15-track album provided much-needed positive messages to the young people, written and sung by one of their own. Romain also started to make a name for himself overseas with multiple successful tours in the U.S. and Europe.
In 2011, Romain became the first reggae artiste to perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards alongside the Gatlin Brothers singing their hit, 'California', for which Romain had previously done a reggae remake on the VP released album, Reggae's Gone Country.
The release of his sophomore album, The System furthered his progress. A few days after its release in May 2012, The System debuted at the number six spot on the Reggae Billboard chart. Recorded primarily at Penthouse Studios, Romain attributes the excellence of The System to an exceptionally talented team of Jamaican producers working with some of the island's finest musicians. Since then, this talented young singer has continued to build a rich catalogue of songs that are now longstanding reggae favorites including 'Rich In Love', 'Taking You Home', 'I Know Better', 'Don't You Remember', 'Soul Provider', 'Stay With Me' and 'Fade Away' which features Assassin AKA Agent Sasco.
For years now, Romain has been performing many live shows globally and riding the wave of his success. He has a forthcoming album called Lovesick slated for release in the first quarter of 2018. A few of the singles already released from this album include 'Now' and 'Trouble and Still'. Romain Virgo is on a mission to make extraordinary music that uplifts, entertains and touches many people positively worldwide.