Before They Were Stars with G Whizz

Posted: December 21, 2011 in HOME

Garland Germaine Rowe aka G Whizz

Prominent Dancehall/Reggae singjay, G Whizz has emerged as one of Jamaica’s newest superstar; showcasing his potential on several fronts since his mainstream debut in 2008. With vocal strength and lyrical dexterity reminiscent of singjays past, G Whizz’s determination to reach great heights has never been in question.

G Whizz was born Garland Germaine Rowe on January 28, 1983 at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in St. Andrew. Living in a two parent household with eight siblings, Rowe endured a tough childhood while living in the inner-city community of Nannyville. However, Rowe quickly developed a love for music by idolizing international Reggae icon, Bob Marley; working on his vocal ability when taking up one of his father’s old Bob Marley and the Wailers phonographs.

Song like Buffalo Soldier, No Woman No Cry, amongst others inspired Rowe to create a better standard of living for his large family. While attending Vauxhall High School, Rowe started singing by joining the school choir in an attempt to showcase his prospects. Becoming one of the lead male vocalists, Rowe earned high acclaim amongst his peers; resulting in him earning a Certificate for Outstanding Achievement in Music upon his graduation from Vauxhall High.

From there, Rowe decided to employ all that he learned during his high school days into the music industry; adopting the stage moniker, Gangsta Whizz or G Whizz for short. He then joined forces with Fams House producers, John and Kevin Barrett, who are sons of Aston “Family Man” Barrett, a former producer and member of Bob Marley and The Wailers.

After years of recording and attempting to decipher the pros and cons of the music business, G Whizz released his first mainstream single, Music, in 2008. The single made him an instant hit amongst his peers; making him a much more recognizable talent within the industry. During that year, he also unveiled notable efforts such as She’s Bad, No More War, Those Days Are No More and It’s Gonna Be Alright showed his versatility as a smooth singing star that could transfer his talents to a more pulsating sound.

However, G Whizz’s big break came in 2009 with the release of the internationally-acclaimed single, Life. The uplifting single made G Whizz one of Reggae music’s most promising acts; earning the #1 spot on several local and international charts while the accompanying video for Life also earned him a positive reception. Regarded as one of the top singles of 2009, G Whizz now arrived as a reputable superstar.

Earning endorsements from the likes of Junior Reid and other, G Whizz embarked on his mission to reach the next tier of Dancehall/Reggae stardom. Singles such as Mama Don’t Worry, Sorrow, Hush and Forward Mi A Go; using his music to influence people in the most positive ways possible while building an image within the industry that made him a well-liked and respected artiste. His consistency landed him on major stage shows such as Reggae Sumfest as well as STING 2009.

In 2010, G Whizz continued to ascend within the Dancehall/Reggae ranks; spreading his messages of unity and positivity through hit singles such as Tomorrow as well as Live Life and Love It. On the contrary, G Whizz showed his more Gangsta side by releasing singles such as Weh Dem Watch Mi Fah on the Gangster City Riddim as well as My Girl.

His biggest single of 2010 was the anti-badmind anthem, Night or Day on the Seanizzle produced, Split Personality Riddim. The song charted well locally and internationally, earning strong airplay while continuing his ascendancy.
In 2011, G Whizz’s start continues to shine as he unveiled singles such as Who Jah Bless and the Media House OutARoad produced, Sort Out Again on the West Pines Riddim. However, his biggest hit of the year, and possibly to date, was the TJ Records produced single, Bartender on the Gaza World Riddim. The song and accompanying video has earned several accolades, even recently landing him a nomination for Song of the Year in the continent of Africa. Most recently, G Whizz showed his natural progression by unveiling the single, Life Sweet, a clarification that this young artiste has indeed reached the next level of stardom; allowing him to enjoy a very promising career while in his prime.

G Whizz’s evolution into a bonafide Dancehall/Reggae star is evident; providing the Jamaican music industry with an artiste who fans and fellow acts can look upon as one of the country’s future, elite superstars. Given a strong resume in just three years as a mainstream success, his sky is certainly the limit.


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