Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer
Reggae act Gramps Morgan is looking to boost his international presence courtesy of his upcoming tour alongside R&B's India.Arie.
The tour is called the 'SongVersation Tour' and officially started in Seattle, Washington, over last weekend.
The R&B singer is currently promoting her firth album, which also features Gramps Morgan on a reggae-flavoured effort called Thy Will Be Done.
Also a member of the iconic reggae band, Morgan Heritage, Gramps Morgan is expected to open nightly and will get as much as 20 minutes to perform as a solo act at each location.
India.Arie is a four-time Grammy Award-winning artiste who has always dabbled in Jamaican music. In 2011, Jamaican producer, Kemar McGregor, did a dub remix of her single Brown Skin.
According to Gramps Morgan in a recent interview, working with the songstress is a positive look as it relates to pushing reggae music into different international markets.
"Opening for India.Arie is a great look for reggae music. It's also a huge honour for me to be sharing the stage with a friend and spiritual woman that I love and admire. She loves reggae music and I'm proud of dat," he said.
Arie's vocal skills
The reggae artiste also lauded India.Arie's vocal skills and added that his partnership with the singer will also add fuel to the current revival, which the Morgan Heritage band is going through.
"This tour will be great for my group, Morgan Heritage, for reggae music and the music business overall because it shows the unity and diversity in soul music," Morgan said.
Gramps Morgan and India.Arie have collaborated before on a single called Therapy, which was the most downloaded song on her Testimony Volume 2: Love & Politics album. The single also peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard 200. Gramps returned the favour and featured India.Arie on his second solo album, Reggae Music Lives.
India.Arie also took to Twitter to confirm Gramps Morgan's appearance on her tour.
"In just 3 days me and @grampsmorgan will start the #SongVersationTour in beautiful Seattle, WA, #ImReady #Excited," she tweeted.
Gramps Morgan will also take the opportunity to promote Reggae Music Lives.