Before there was Bob Marley there was Jimmy Cliff, the reggae pioneer widely credited with breaking the genre into the mainstream with his acting and soundtrack contributions to the classic 1972 Jamaican film The Harder They Come. More than four decades later Cliff continues to be at the genre's vanguard, taking home the Best Reggae Album Grammy in 2013 for Rebirth, his first new album in eight years. Whether he's lending his iconic high tenor to protest songs like "Vietnam" or inciting sing-alongs with his beloved cover of Cat Stevens' "Wild World," Cliff never fails to electrify audiences with his authentic performances, and his upcoming tour dates will be no exception.
Jamaican-born Jimmy Cliff began writing songs while still in primary school, scoring his first hit at just 14 with local favorite "Hurricane Hattie." After releasing several more regional hits in the early '60s, Cliff hit the big time with his 1968 international debut LP Hard Road to Travel. His reputation received another boost in 1972 with his starring role in Jamaican film classic The Harder They Come, which introduced global audiences to reggae via his iconic soundtrack contributions. Over his long and storied career, Cliff has released more than 30 albums and received numerous awards and honors, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2013, his album Rebirth received a Grammy award for Best Reggae Album, cementing his place as one of the genre's living legends and paving the way for continued touring.
FANS WHO BOUGHT TICKETS SAY:
"The show was fantastic! Jimmy Cliff just doesn't stop! He and the band had so much energy, and he told so many great stories, it was an amazing experience!"
"Jimmy hasn't lost a step! He did several encores, danced around the stage and offered his gracious love and compassion as the audience totally embraced him."
"Jimmy took the audience through a complete retrospective of his career, from before The Harder They Come up to the present, and the audience was really appreciative, bringing him back for 3 encores"