After a long absence from the music scene, California-based reggae group Caribbean Pulse is ready to make a big comeback.
Just about a decade ago, Caribbean Pulse made its mark on the reggae music world with hit songs such as Dry Your Eyes, featuring Tony Rebel and the Billboard-charting Jah Is My Rock, featuring Damian Marley.
The success of these singles fuelled the group's popularity among reggae fans worldwide and in no time, the group was being touted as one of the best new bands in the genre.
Such was the musical impact of Caribbean Pulse that the group was requested to perform in Jamaica, Europe, the Far East and all over the United States.
Caribbean Pulse released two critically acclaimed albums, Unity in 2000 and Stand Up in 2003.
However, in 2004 the members of the group decided to put things on hold.
"Like most people, we were all faced with the everyday pressures of life. We were also fed up with the state of the music industry, so eventually, we decided it was time to take a break to pursue other ventures," said group leader William Smith.
But Smith believes the timing is right for the group to make a come back.
"I believe now is the perfect time for us to return to the scene. We are coming back to give the people more positive and uplifting music, which the world desperately needs, especially in these times," said Smith.
Caribbean Pulse is working on an album titled Yesterday, to be released in 2014.
The first single from the album, titled Blessed, was released yesterday.
Caribbean Pulse is made up of three core members: group leader and founder Smith (rhythm guitar), his brother Jason 'BassyJay' Smith (bass), and Ezzy Judah (lead vocalist).
The complete line-up includes Santa Davis on drums, Michael Hyde and Gil Smith on keyboards, and Steve Verhault on lead guitar.
Fabian Cooke, famous for producing the single Hakuna Matata, featured on the soundtrack of the box office hit film The Lion King, is one of the band's main producers.