Soul Commuicators - Randall Grass

The toughest challenge when writing about Randall Grass is trying to fit it all in one paragraph.  An acclaimed expert on both reggae and world music, he's lived on virtually every continent and has advanced the cause of musical diversity throughout his career.  As a writer, he contributed to Spin, Beat, Musician Magazine and the New York Times; as a musician he played in bands in both North America and Africa;  and as a disc jockey he hosted one of the earliest radio shows in America dedicated to reggae music.  But his biggest mark has been made as the General Manager of the independent label Shanachie Records, where he helped transform a label known best for its catalog of Irish music into an indie powerhouse in reggae, jazz and, most recently, soul music.  In 2006 alone, Shanachie has released albums by s

The toughest challenge when writing about Randall Grass is trying to fit it all in one paragraph.  An acclaimed expert on both reggae and world music, he's lived on virtually every continent and has advanced the cause of musical diversity throughout his career.  As a writer, he contributed to Spin, Beat, Musician Magazine and the New York Times; as a musician he played in bands in both North America and Africa;  and as a disc jockey he hosted one of the earliest radio shows in America dedicated to reggae music.  But his biggest mark has been made as the General Manager of the independent label Shanachie Records, where he helped transform a label known best for its catalog of Irish music into an indie powerhouse in reggae, jazz and, most recently, soul music.  In 2006 alone, Shanachie has released albums by such classic soul artists as Maysa, Phil Perry and Ann Nesby as well as the hot UK act Hil St. Soul.  Randall's appreciation for the diversity of musical styles and his belief in the commercial viability of even smaller musical niches has made Shanachie one of the independent leaders and has helped the careers of dozens of artists ignored by the major record labels.  He's a true friend of soul music fans everywhere.

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