Thu | Sep 21, 2017

Career grows from funeral trip

Published:Saturday | February 4, 2017 | 2:00 AM
Christopher Ellis (left) and Jah Cure.

When he and other members of the Ellis family came back to Jamaica in October 2008 for Alton's burial, Christopher stuck around and tried 'link-up' with studio professionals.

"One day a guy from Trench Town called me. His name is Rohan 'Koolie' Smith. He said to me, 'you should be with Stephen Marley innuh. Dem man deh fi voice yuh'," Christopher said. Koolie immediately drove him to Bob Marley Museum, and that same day Christopher recorded End of Times, featuring Stephen and Jah Cure. "It became a big hit in the UK but it didn't have the same effect in Jamaica. It didn't get the push it deserved," he said.

Soon after the song's release, Stephen signed Christopher to his Ghetto Youths International label. "I was excited, like I knew I came here for a reason. Ever since then, it's been a magnificent journey," he said. From lessons in songwriting and production, Christopher credits much of his musical knowledge to the Marley clan. "I can't even explain in this interview. Seeing international artistes and talking to them just like this ... Snoop Dogg, Nas people I would not have spoken to otherwise," he said.

In 2013, Christopher released the EP Better Than Love, produced by Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley. "It took off straight away. I toured Japan twice because of that EP. England shows and Europe shows and all that. So it's Christopher Ellis, because of the original songs, which is great! 'Alton Ellis son' is on the side," he said.

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