KINGSTON, JAMAICA - November 1, 2005 - Four-time Vibe Award nominee and winner of MOBO Award for Best R & B Artist, John Legend, brings his "classic old school soul music with the edgy flavoring of 21st century hip-hop" to next year's Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in Montego Bay Jamaica on January 26-28, 2005. Riding high on the successful major label debut of his album "Get Lifted", Legend has earned his reputation as a break-out triple threat - singer, songwriter, pianist - delivering classic R & B, with a spin, and has been compared to Stevie Wonder and Al Green.
Joining other "legends" during the 2006 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival at the Rose Hall Resort & Country Club in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Legend will perform on the first evening of the three-day festival.
On Thursday, January 26, the line up includes Shaggy, John Legend, Lyfe Jennings, Morgan Heritage; Friday, January 27 features Al Green, Air Supply, Nestor Torres, and Richie Stephens, and Saturday, January 28 features James Ingram, Maxi Priest and Kem. Additional performers will be added to the line-up.
About John Legend
John Legend has collaborated closely with Kanye West, who signed Legend to his Kon Man record label and who calls Legend his "vocal protégé." Legend has also shared his musical genius with Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, and Black Eyed Peas. Born in Springfield, Ohio as John Stephens, Legend grew up closely in front of the piano in a very musical household. Blessed with a gift for piano playing from an early age, Legend was only eight when he began to play in the local church choir.
Legend describes his style as "very soulful, rooted in gospel but with hip-hop beats and unique, witty lyrics, more 'major' than 'minor', more of a 'feel good,' upbeat sound."
Special Travel Packages
Air Jamaica Vacations is offering air and travel packages online at www.airjamaicavacations.com or on the phone at 1-800-LOVEBIRD. Tickets for the 2006 Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival: The Art of Music at The Rose Hall Resort and Country Club in Montego Bay, Jamaica, are available from tour operators, Air Jamaica, andselect ticket outlets. Tickets are US$50, US$55 and US$60 for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night respectively. Three day festival passes are available for US$160.
About Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues
The three day Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2006: The Art of Music, transforms the picturesque Rose Hall Resort and Country Club in Montego Bay from Thursday, January 26 through to Saturday, January 28, 2006. Well known for world-class production values, a selection of leading yet diverse acts and an unparalleled comfort atmosphere, the ninth staging of the Festival is expected to supersede previous expectations.
About Jamaica Tourist Board
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica's national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. Currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Board is responsible for the worldwide tourism marketing and promotion for the island country of Jamaica. The JTB's mandate has been to promote Jamaica as a preferred travel destination; identify new and emerging consumer groups; cultivate new relationships with travel partners and disseminate timely and useful marketing information to its offices and travel partners worldwide. JTB offices are located in Montego Bay, Kingston, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Düsseldorf, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Tokyo.
Details of upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica are posted on the Jamaica Tourist Board's Web site at www.visitjamaic