Yogie
 

"That Was Then"

Jamaican born Courtney Morrison, a.k.a Yogie, is a Sagittarian who entered this world from the cool parish of St Andrew, but spent his childhood years in Annotto Bay, a scenic fishing village along St Mary's coast.

Born into a musical family, Yogie grew up listening to the melodious tunes of his uncles Winston Hammond and Beres Hammond. It therefore came as no surprise that by the tender age of twelve Yogie had already written and performed his first song.

During his adolescent and college years, Yogie continued to hone his musical skills by attending regular jam sessions where he learned more about writing, arrangement and instruments.

Today, Yogie's personal style is best described as a masterful blend of cool sensual earthy yet fresh, and he has matured significantly as a recording and performing artiste.

Yogie acknowledges being influenced by the singing styles of his uncles, who notably remain his major inspiration, but he is also

 

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quick to point to other artistes such as Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown, Lionel Ritchie and Stevie Wonder as having impacted on his musical career.

Yogie has recorded tracks for Penthouse, Star Trail, Fateyes, 321 Strong and Harmony House. The multi talented artiste has produced tracks for Beenie Man, Anthony B, Determine, Sizzla and Lenn Hammond. Yogie's skills as a lyricist are clearly evident, not only on his own romantic tracks but also on one of Beres's big hit "Can't Stop A Man".

In 1993 Yogie released his premiere single "For Granted" produced by widely respected producer Clive Hunt. His most popular releases since then include "Never Give Up" (1995) and "Brighter Days" (1996). "This Is Now" In the summer of 1998 Yogie released one of his hottest singles to date on the Fi Wi Music label entitled "That Was Then".

The single, which features Anthony B has received heavy rotation on Jamaican and International radio.

Yogie is currently riding high on success, with a song which he says was the hardest project he has worked on so far "I Go Crazy" and has finished writing material for Marcia Griffiths and Culture. He is presently writing and recording new material, and we can expect to hear much more of this young balladeer's silky smooth vocal styling when his debut album "Miracles" Is released this spring 2000.

For Further Information Contact: Odessa Chambers Phone/Fax: (876) 905-3492 Email: odi@cwjamaica.com & codessa@hotmail.com.

Visit YOGIE'S web site at: www.yogiemusic.com