JUDY MOWATT Jamaican reggae artist
Judy Mowatt OD, born 1952 is a Jamaican reggae artist who rose to fame as part of the trio the I Threes, the backing vocalists for Bob Marley & the Wailers. Born Judith Veronica Mowatt in Gordon Town, St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica, Mowatt was associated with Bunny Wailer in the early 70s and wrote some of the tracks he recorded. In 1974, she got her big break by joining Bob Marley’s backing vocal trio, the I Threes. One-third of the I-Threes, reggae’s most influential female vocal trio, Judy Mowatt helped to turn the last recordings of Bob Marley into enduring classics. Her Black Woman album (1980) is considered by many critics to be the greatest reggae album by a female artiste. It was also the first reggae album recorded by a woman acting as her own producer. She became the first female singer nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of reggae music when her Working Wonders album was nominated in 1985. Formerly a member of the Rastafari movement, in the late 90s she converted to Christianity and now sings Gospel music. In 1999 the Jamaican government made her an Officer of the Order of Distinction for ‘services to music’.
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