Junior Giscombe

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Last Show: Thursday 7 th March 2024

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Junior Giscombe returns with the new single ‘Step Off’ featuring Lovers Rock star Paulette Tajah and Dancehall star Pinky Famous. ‘Step Off’ brings to the forefront the struggles of young women who fall into female gang culture and the difficulties they face in walking away. ‘Step Off” is a fusion of Junior’s signature falsetto, Paulette Tajah’s sweet vocals, and Pinky’s edgy lyrics to a backdrop of contemporary Dancehall R&B. This release is the second single from the album ‘Everyting Set’. 

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Junior first began singing in a local band at the age of 14, encouraged by the Sounds of doo-wop, early Motown, soul and reggae. Initially signed to Phonogram Records, 1982 saw Junior hit the chart heights with the infectious anthem ‘Mama Used To Say’ which became a transatlantic hit, prompting Junior’s appearance as the first black British artist on Soul Train and earning him Billboard’s ‘Best Newcomer Award’ presented by the legendary James Brown. The U.S. hit, ‘Too late’ which reached no 8 and his auspicious debut album ‘Ji’ followed. Junior is a member of The British Collective.

Junior Giscombe has had a long and varied career over the years. He has worked as a performer, songwriter and within various areas of production, demonstrating his wide-ranging talents as a musician. He has also had the privilege of being able to work alongside a diverse selection of other accomplished artists.

In 1995 Junior contributed to that infamous first album by The ‘Lighthouse Family’ simply entitled ‘Ocean Drive’. “The titles, the titles I hear you ask.  Well they are ‘Keep Remembering’ and ‘What Could Be Better’.  This album sold over 5,000,000 (five million) copies worldwide.

That same year Junior decided to set up his own Label StepOff Music, “I was meeting so many talented people that it just made sense plus there were things that I wanted to say and new I couldn’t say while being signed to a Major.  The following year saw the release of ‘The Best of Junior’ album on Polygram.  Here they were to capitalise on Junior’s notoriety as a brilliant songwriter/producer’ singer once again. Junior released ‘Honesty’ his first album on his own label in Japan and commanded sales to the tune of 30,000 (thirty thousand) copies, this album was released in the U.K in January 1997.                         

A pioneer in his field, Junior was the first artist to create and present British based black music to audiences outside the U.K 25 years ago. Since then he has consistently produced a number of important albums which have charted his artistic growth and development. Junior demonstrates his unique talent for well-crafted and beautifully sung songs, which transcend categories simply drawing in and delighting any audience.

In 1999 he teamed up with T.V Presenter Richard Blackwood, who is his Nephew, to re-record Mama Used to Say as Mama Who Da Man. This was released in the spring of 2000 giving Junior his biggest hit to date as a Producer reaching No 3 in the UK National Chart. There then followed the Top 10 hit 1234 Get with The Wicked and Top 20 hit Someone There for Me and the album You’d Love To Hate This.