Two of the most recognizable names in reggae have collaborated, but this time under a new name, Rising Tide.
The band names Groundation and SOJA are among the premier reggae acts in the genre today. Groundation has been one of the flagship reggae bands from the United States touring internationally, especially in Europe and Latin America. SOJA has followed that blue print in a similar fashion over the last decade with an incredible amount of success.
Now, the musicians behind Groundation have formed their own side project, Rising Tide. The new musical project from some of the prominent instrumental band members of Groundation will include Marcus Urani (keys/producer), Ryan Newman (bass), Kim Pommel (vocals), Sherida Sharpe (vocals), Kerry Ann Morgan (vocals), Yotam Silberstein (guitarist) and drummer Paul Spina. Rising Tide has come together to release their first self-titled album on March 18, 2016 via Soulbeat Records.
One glaring omission from Rising Tide happens to be the seminal sounds from Groundation’s lead singer, Harrison Stafford. However filling that void, one of the first tracks released from Rising Tide’s upcoming album features SOJA lead singer, Jacob Hemphill.
The upcoming album will feature guest vocalists Naaman (France), Paul “Lymie” Wright (Jamaica), Roselyn Williams (Background vocalist for Damian Marley, Jamaica), as well as the aforementioned Jacob Hemphill of SOJA.
Fans in Europe will have the first opportunity at witnessing Rising Tide perform live, as the band will embark on a spring tour, beginning on April 1, 2016. The tour will feature dates in Paris, Nantes, Toulouse and Montpellier, among others.
For more information on Rising Tide, follow the links below.
Video: Rising Tide – “Seven Times Rise”
Listen: Rising Tide – “Let It Out” (feat. Jacob Hemphill of SOJA)