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Clinton Fearon


Genre: Reggae
Hometown: Saint Catharine, Jamaica
Years Active: (1969–present)


Clinton Fearon: Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Greg Fields: Drums
Masa Kobayashi: Bass



Clinton Fearon is a composer, songwriter, singer and player of instruments since his early teens.

Born in Jamaica, Clinton became the bassist, vocalist and lyricist of the mythic Gladiators at the age
of 19. He was also a session musician for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s at
Black Ark in the 70s, two of the main producers on the island at this time. There Clinton composed
some everlasting bass lines for well-known artists like Yabby You, Jimmy Riley, Max Romeo, Junior
Byles and many others.

After leaving Jamaica in 1987, Clinton Fearon started a new career in Seattle. Him and some of the
musicians of The Gladiators took advantage of the extra time remaining on their visa, at the end of
the US tour, to started a band in the Northwest: The Defenders. The band built a nice following in the
area until they split after five years. Clinton Fearon finally formed his own band in the mid 90s with
local musicians in Seattle, Clinton Fearon and Boogie Brown Band.
Since 2005 and the release of Mi An Mi Guitar, Clinton is also giving magical performances in solo
acoustic. In 2012, he released a second acoustic opus: Heart And Soul, 16 songs written between
1969-1984 while Clinton Fearon was a member of the Gladiators in Jamaica.

Clinton Fearon recorded 12 albums under his own name and he is touring the world with this
impressive repertoire, accompanied by a band or in solo acoustic.

Each song of Clinton Fearon is a strong message coming from the heart of a man who is dedicating
his life to help a better world to come. With chiselled music and poetic lyrics, he opens reggae to a
wider audience who simply loves his beautiful songs.

“My music is roots reggae from the island of Jamaica. I grew up deep in the hills, up in St. Catherine,
surrounded by nature, beauty and hard work. Even as a child, I knew I wanted to be a musician and
began my career singing in church and at school, and eventually built my own guitar! As a teenager,
my journeys took me to Kingston where I met many musicians and began writing and recording
music. The Skatalites, Motown artists and Jamaican musicians who came before me all influenced my
I write from my heart. The world is full of inspirations… nature, people, politics, love. I write about
them all. My music is good for the soul – always with a message of hope and betterment for
tomorrow. It’s good for dancing, good for listening and I think it’s good for all.”Clinton Fearon

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