New Release From Webster James Linton “Hold Me”

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New Release From Webster James Linton
New Release From Webster James Linton "Hold Me"

Unique and charismatic, Webster James Linton is an old fashioned crooner for new times, singing Lovers Rock, Roots Reggae and Soul Ballads straight from the heart with 20 years experience in the business of Reggae, Gospel and Soul Music as a backing singer.

Webster James Linton known as (The Prince of UK Reggae Lovers Rock) is a British UK-based Award Winning Singer/Songwriter and a Backing Vocalist, with a gospel-trained voice with a heartfelt, soulful style.

Born on the 28th of March 1995, Webster is the youngest of his five siblings. His Grandmother and Mother noticed early on that Webster could sing and marvelled at how he tried to imitate Aretha Franklin’s music and singing style along with Bobby Womack. 

After taking a break from music due to health complications and the demands of studying at university in 2018, Webster returned to the scene in 2020 to sing and record British Reggae Lovers Rock. Webster’s dynamic high tenor/falsetto voice carries the raspy clear tone and gospel soul of a bygone era. 

Webster James Linton Hold Me
Webster James Linton Hold Me

Webster is influenced by many artists, including Freddie Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Lou Rawls, Isley Brothers, Sam Cooke, Angie Stone, Aretha Franklin, Stephanie Mills, Prince, Luther Vandross, Isaac Hayes, Gladys Knight, Kofi (Brown Sugar), Winston Reedy, Peter Hunnigale, Paulette Tajah, Carrol Thompson, Vivian Jones, and Dennis Brown and Bobby Womack. One of his favourite groups of all time is “The Whispers”. 

As well as doing backing vocals for Christine Joy White, Private Collection, Stormzy and Jessie J in September 2020, Webster recorded a reggae gospel single titled “You Give Me Joy”, produced by Mafia and Fluxy. It earned a number 2 spot in the UK Reggae Gospel Charts and landed him the Premier Gospel Award for Best Newcomer 2021. Webster followed this up with another single in November 2020 titled: “Bring It on Home to Me”, a cover of a soul classic written by Sam Cooke and sung in an authentic old-school Lovers Rock style and produced by Gregory Fabolous (The Dread UK Productions) also landed Webster in the USA American Reggae Charts at number 9 and in the UK Reggae Charts at number 9. 

January 2021 saw another reggae cover from Webster by George Wright and the Ovations titled: “Secret Admirer”, a song in a Roots Reggae Dub Style which went into the UK Reggae charts at number 7. Webster also wrote and released “Baby I Love You” on the Redeemer Riddim.

Webster has toured and shared the stage with top Jamaican and American reggae and soul gospel artists such as: Junior Tucker, Lieutenant Stitchie, Anthony Brightly (Black Slate Band), Claudia Fontaine, Carlene Davis, Kim Burrell, Donnie McLurkin, Meli’sa Morgan,  Kirk Franklin to name but a few and has had the opportunity to meet some amazing artists over the years such as Beenie Man, John Holt, Johnny Clarke, Marcia Griffiths, Winston Reedy, Mafia and Fluxy, Eccleton Jarrett, Sandra Cross, Ninja Man, and the list goes on! 

Webster has also recorded with top international and national producers in the UK, USA, Japan, China and Europe. Webster has collaborated with producers such as Dillie Stingray Record Productions, Bucky Jo (Buzzwak Records), Mafia and Fluxy (Cousins Record Label), Joe G’s, Chris Peckings, The Dread UK, Reggae Star Factor (Jack Reuben) and was also signed to Pop Producers (RsArtist Record Company), Stevie P Productions, Magnet Records, Digital English, Kyle B Productions (China), My Boy Beats and Room in The Sky Productions and the list goes on! 

So far in 2022, Webster has released the following: 

“Lovers Tonight” (Digital English Productions) “Trying to Turn Me On” (a cover by Johnny Osbourne, produced by Webster James Linton, mixed, and mastered by Bonita Star) and “Save Us Jah” (Homefront Productions). 

Stay tuned for Webster’s EP with Magnet Records, and an album with Digitec Productions. Also, check out a single called Webster has done called “Natural High”, a tribute to Claudia Fontaine, who also covered this hit song, and someone Webster had the privilege to work very closely with.

Webster is from a strong Pentecostal Christian church background, and singing started for Webster from the Church he grew up in. Webster and Grandparents attended New Testament Church of God in Kingston Jamaica where he grew up with his Grandmother and later came home to the UK and Still attended New Testament Church in the UK and Now still a member of that Church based in Wood Green.

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