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Norwegian reggae star to release 'Angel in Disguise'

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2015 | 12:00 AM
French-Norwegian reggae singer Nico D.

French-Norwegian reggae singer Nico D is preparing to release his new pop-reggae single, Angel in Disguise, on Tuesday, March 24 on iTunes, Amazon and eMusic. The single is now available for pre-order on iTunes.

The new single - a toaster's groove that showcases Nico D's bright, soulful vocal style - was produced by pop-reggae impresario Kemar 'Flava' McGregor. The single is an English-language adaptation of Admiral P and Nico D's Norwegian hit-single, Engel, which won a 2014 Spellemann Award (Norway's equivalent of the Grammy Awards).

The new English-language version of Engel, emerged from McGregor's mission to proliferate the pop-reggae genre internationally throughout 2015. During the past year, pop-reggae has emerged as a radio-friendly, chart-topping formula, propelling a global cadre of reggae singers toward incessant airplay and music-award nominations.

Hit of the Year Award

"Engel earned us the Hit of the Year Award at the 2014 Spellemann ceremony. This is historic as it is the first time a reggae song has won this category," said Nico D. "It's been a long road from my first recording, over 10 years ago, to where I am now as an artiste."

Already a music celebrity in Norway, Nico D has come to symbolise the fusion of soulful toasting and romantic melody. His new single represents one of his favorite songwriting themes - romantic love, presented with lyrics that are universal to the human experience.

"On this track, like any other, I sing straight from the heart," said Nico D. "This song is dedicated to the angel who's stood by me through the ups and downs. When people hear this song, they're gonna think about that special someone, and I want them to remember to appreciate the person who is always there for them, no matter what!"

The Angel in Disguise single is the second track released from Nico D's upcoming EP, Cool Breeze, scheduled for release April 28. The first single from the EP, The Right Time, featuring Admiral P, was released on October 28, last year.

Born in Sevres, France, Nico D has achieved a continuous succession of iTunes chart-ranked singles, both as a lead vocalist, and collaborator. He currently has three singles ranked on the Norway iTunes Reggae Chart.