The EarthKry band was born and nurtured within the halls of the Edna Manley College of The Visual & Performing Arts in Kingston Jamaica, where four budding musicians hoped to hone their skills. Their journey began in 2012 with a twist of fate which brought together lead singer and guitarist Aldayne Haughton, keyboard player Phillip Mcfarlane , drummer Kieron Cunningham and bass guitarist Kamardo Blake, to play a series of small gigs. Drawing inspiration from Bob Marley and The Wailers, The Beatles, John Holt, Black Uhuru and Steel Pulse, the group soon cemented a wholesome fusion of Roots Reggae, Souls and Rock genres for a fresh but universal sound.
Much like the iconic reggae outfit The Wailers, the band chose its name, EarthKry, to signify its mission to voice the grievances of the downtrodden through the vibrations of their music. Befittingly, their debut single “9 to 5” echoes the daily tribulations of the working class who are barely able to make ends meet from their menial wages.
In April 2015 EarthKry entered The Ostroda Festival’s “World Reggae Contest” with their “9 to 5” single where they became the only Jamaican band to make it to the top ten, placing 7th out of 102 entries from across the globe. Thereafter “9 to 5” was released on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and several other digital distribution media, marking another momentous achievement for the band.
As EarthKry strives to provide a medium of escape for people all over the world with their uplifting songs, the band continues their journey to becoming a household name. With a series of live performances at local hot spots they have already begun making their mark on the local scene, impressing their audience most notably at Merritone’s 25th Anniversary show in Montego Bay at Sea Gardens Hotel, Chronixx Capture Land Tour, Manchester and Rebel Salute 2016. The band anticipates taking their act to international stages for further promotion.
Through the guidance of musicians Nambo Robinson and Maurice Gordon, the band released their first E.P ‘Hard Road’ October 2015 during their island Hard Road Tour, followed by their US tour of 10 states, as they work towards their release of the first album for 2017.