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Atlantic Starr for Dec 27 concert

Published:Friday | December 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Ken Boothe

On Saturday, December 27, internationally acclaimed R&B group Atlantic Starr will headline a concert at the LIME Golf Academy, New Kingston.

Another in the highly successful R&B Reggae Concert series, which was headlined by the legendary Percy Sledge and the late John Holt in March of this year, this event will also feature a selection of Jamaica's finest reggae talents. Flying the flag high will be veterans Ken Boothe and Derrick Harriott, along with Digicel Rising Stars favourites Noddy Virtue, Nickiesha Barnes and Jodian Pantry, as well as T-Rizzy and Roc Riva. All artistes will be backed by the legendary Fab 5 Band.

Renowned for their enduring hits such as Masterpiece, Secret Lovers, If Your Heart Isn't In It and Love Always, Atlantic Starr emerged in the 1970s with a funk-disco sound, but found success in the 1980s with adult

contemporary ballads. The R&B outfit has been described as "one of the most consistently

successful soul bands of the '80s, with a basketful of memorable songs that still sound good today".

Current members include the Lewis brothers Wayne and Jonathan, Melissa Pierce and L'john Epps.

From their first hit in 1978, Stand Up, written by one of the original and current members, Wayne Lewis, to their current song, My Best Friend, Atlantic Starr's influence and legacy has spanned nearly four decades. The group's 2014 album is Metamorphosis.

Having thrilled audiences at the Jamaica Jazz Festival in 2009, Atlantic Starr is looking forward to reconnecting with and mesmerising their fans on December 27.