Sgt. Remo, born Sergio Ortiz, is a Reggae singer and recording artist born in Mexican-American border city of Juarez, Mexico.
He is the youngest child in a family of 3 children. He was raised by his mother in the city of Juarez, Mexico until the family immigrated to El Paso, TX just across the border into the U.S. From a young age he began singing and entering singing competitions. After immigrating to the U.S. he stayed away from singing and focused on adjusting to the cultural changes of his new community.
He began listening to Reggae Dancehall music in the late 80’s and was heavily influenced by the blend of hip hop and Reggae that was prevalent during this time into the early 90’s. Jamaican artists such as Supercat, Barrington Levy, Buju Banton, Shabba Ranks, as well as Panamanian Reggae artist El General were his biggest influences during these formative years.
While living in Corpus Christi, TX Sgt. Remo began working with Guyanese born Ali and Jamaican born Mistah Blaze. Ali began his musical career as an aspiring selector in his hometown of Berbice, Guyana. Mistah Blaze began singing and chatting from an early age. The three became the Empire Soundz Crew. They collaborated for several years and recorded a large collection of music in a short period of time under the Empire Soundz Crew. They were heavily rotated in mixtape format and received positive feedback. However, none of these early songs were ever officially released.
The New Mexico Experience
In 2004 Sgt. Remo ended up in Albuquerque, NM where he began working with German/New Mexican sound system owner Don Martin, who would later become like a mentor to him. Don Martin and his Brotherhood Sound System ran a steady session at Burt’s Tiki Lounge in Albuquerque during ‘05. At Burt’s Tiki Lounge Remo performed his Empire Soundz songs taking turns with fellow artist Mister Kali. In 2007 Sgt. Remo performed with Mr. Kali at the Santa Fe Musik Festival. This was Remo’s first experience on a festival scale.
In late ‘07 and early ‘08 Sgt. Remo & Mister Kali performed regularly in the southwest and built a solid fan base which led to many successful shows culminating with a spring tour with Original General Smiley (from hall of fame duo “Michigan & Smiley”). On this tour they performed in various cities in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. In 2010 Sgt. Remo was featured in Mister Kali’s debut album “Step Fast” with the song “Loving Loving,” a remake of an earlier Sgt. Remo Empire Soundz combination tune. This version of “Loving Loving” was Sgt. Remo’s first official release.
Jah Yutes Entertainment
In 2009 he relocated to San Diego, CA. Sgt. Remo continued to perform various shows in the fertile Reggae lands of California working with TRC Sound System (San Diego) and Majestik Sounds (San Luis Obispo). After moving to Houston, TX in 2011 Sgt. Remo formed the label Jah Yutes Entertainment (JYE) and worked with Ceremony Studios and Dread I Arts to release the album “Reggae SoulJahs Worldwide Vol. 1”. This compilation album was the first project on the newly formed label and featured the music of General Smiley (Michigan & Smiley), Ken Serious (Flames Crew), Mister Kali, Sgt. Remo, and DJ Yahru El Guru. They promoted the album with the Reggae SoulJahs Worldwide Camouflage tour (a 12 city US tour in the summer of 2011 in the states of TX, NM, CO, NE, IL, WI, OH, MA, NY, VA).
Today & Tomorrow
In 2012 Sgt. Remo released his first solo EP entitled Life is for Living on the JYE label. This EP planted his music firmly on the global Reggae landscape. From this EP came out two very successful official videos titled No Man Stranded and Thunder & Lightning.
In January 2014 JYE released the well-received Reggae SoulJahs Worldwide Vol. 2 album featuring music by artists like Gappy Ranks, Sgt. Remo, Nico D, Miriam Simone plus many more. Remo released an official video for the song Rastafari Way from Vol 2. 2014 was a busy year with performances in Japan, Mexico City, and a month long tour titled the 14 Parish Salute Tour with General Smiley, Mister Kali, and the Dub Gideon Band touching down in 18 U.S. cities.
In July, 2014 Remo pre-released the first single I’m Free and official video from Give Thanks for Life. October of 2014 saw the release of the full-length album Give Thanks for Life on JYE. From this album emerged several highly successful videos. These included Give Thanks for Life, Babylon is Burning, Make a Change with General Smiley, and the previously released Rastafari Way. The album continued to thrust Sgt Remo’s music to new listeners and opened the door for new ventures.
2016 is scheduled to be a busy year once again with the Sgt Remo & Friends: Crucial Duets released in May, the Jah Rastafari vinyl EP produced by McPullish from Charlie’s Records (Date TBD), and the Forward Movements EP produced by Riddim Farm Music MX (Date TBD).
Sgt Remo releases 14 track duets album on his own Jah Yute Entertainment label. This creation was released on 5.31.2016. This album has been brewing for several years and features combinations with 16 worldwide reggae acts. In a recent interview Sgt Remo explains “this album is the result of songs I have created with some of my friends who have been in my corner since day one.” You won’t find any big name combinations on this one. Remo stated it’s not because he does not value these artists but he did not want to pay to have combinations with artists he does not know personally just for the sake of having a famous artist on the album.
Instead he chose to collaborate with those artists who have supported and helped his music career through the years. The same goes for the production. Riddims were hand-picked to highlight several producers you may not yet know like Master Kush Productions out of Peru, U.S. based El Artillero Productions, and more. “As an independent label and an independent artist I am not trying to compete with any other company. I make music because of the love of music and the positive message reggae music brings to all of us. We are doing it in our own capacity and helping to bring to the forefront those who supported us from day one. Still, we are producing the album with the highest level of quality and production standards.”
The album features 4 artists from the Chicago-based indie label D.O.V.E. Musik. They include Nego Hights, Princess Kazayah, Ras Arcane, and Ras I-Dre. Texas reggae artists Kwame from Jah Seed band and Soulfiya are also featured. New Mexico artists Dre-Z, and Ras Elijah Tafari collaborated on two separate songs. Atlanta-based Mistah Blaze is featured on a wicked combination with Remo & I-Dre.. On the international level, foundation reggae veteran General Smiley from the duo Michigan & Smiley provided a great collaboration with Sgt Remo. U.K.’s Daddy Lynx is featured on a killer track called From the Block. Chile’s Manu Dread, Spain’s Roe Delgado, Mexico’s Ras Levy & Leona de Etiopia as well as Colombian Haffid Kandela all round out the album with some crucial Spanish collaborations making this a truly international and bilingual release. Also featured is the soulful Charles X, originally from L.A. but currently making huge waves in France.
You can follow the album developments on Sgt Remo’s official website www.sgtremo.com and receive a free single by signing up for the website newsletter. The album will be released on CD and digital formats. There are several official videos in the works and will be featured on Sgt Remo’s YouTube channel. Subscribe and discover. Find Sgt Remo on social media at Facebook, Instagram @sgt.remo, and Twitter @sergeantremo. All radio, video, and press partners are highly encouraged to contact the Sgt Remo team at firstname.lastname@example.org for interviews, press, and promotional copies of the album.
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