Baby Lion/Rupert Leroy Davidson
Jamaica has produced many musical greats, and as so, has caused the world to become addicted with the expectations of always receiving the best Cultural performance from this small Mecca on the map. Today, Singer, Song-Writer, Rupert Davidson - a .k .a Baby Lion, born (1973) in Kingston, Jamaica is on the trod to manifest his message and share his light.
Spending most of his early childhood years growing up in Kingston 11 , a section of the Boucher Park Community. He went to St. Francis Primary, which was All-Age at the time. He was successful in his Common-Entrance Examinations (the Aptitude Test in Effect at the time), which secured him a placement at the Saint George’s College, where he spent a few years before unfortunately being expelled (due to circumstances beyond his control). He later went on to St. Joseph College, a more private institution where he tried to finish his tertiary education.
At the youthful age of eighteen years old , he decided that he would pursue a career in the music business as he was a naturally talented singer, which he was very excited to express and share with the world as “talent is nothing without opportunity” , as a fatherless youth that grew up in a home where his mother Claudette a lover of music herself, along with his stepfather Leroy whom had a sound system together called Inspiration .He remembers listening to the beautiful and powerful sounds and songs of other musical greats of that time, his mind had been opened and trained to a point of learning to love and appreciate good music, having the privilege of understanding how to make a note or even expressing an emotion musically by listening to the best of the best ,becoming inspired by local and foreign acts alike, while groups like Manhattans , Stylistics and BG’s were creating their own waves abroad groups like Bob Marley & The Wailers , Chalice Third World and even ‘The Heptones’ were burning tracks as well , digging the excavation for the future of the number one music of today, Reggae Music.
Baby Lion’s public exposure began when he entered a talent contest in his community put together by the “DESNOES and GEDDES “Drinks Company on a promotional tour of a liquor product called Dragon Stout . After wining the contest as the best singer Baby Lion went on with the encouragement of strangers friends and members of his community ,he decided that he would do his best to bring his talent to perfection.
Over the years passing he became familiar with artistes and producers alike that he had the chance to meet, he met Sugar Minnot , who along with another producer Trevor Lovechild had helped to produce an all star album which he had the opportunity to sing three tracks on , the album was titled “Cultural Revival – “ Jah is the Don” distributed by Jah Jah Distribution , New York , it was released in 1995 on the Youth Man Promotion Label, tracks on the album are Jah love, Jah Almighty and Revival Reign featuring JAH Karl. He went on to record songs for other producers over the years local and foreign , where some songs are still yet to be released ,hopefully.
Baby Lion’s greatest exposure though , as an artiste in the business so far , apart from rocking The Mandela Park crowd in Half Way Tree Square , on ‘Black History Month ‘,was when he was invited on a promotional trip to Germany in 1998 by Blessed Love Records in Stuttgart, where he discovered that his music had value and power as it was highly respected there showing potential and giving strength to the urge of wanting to be heard known and seen .Speaking to the Lion who calls himself “ RastaPicney “ about his trip to Germany, “It was worthwhile recording for” Dub-Front Outer-National’ , meeting other artiste there like Daddy Rings and Gentleman , people were really excited to have met a Jamaican moreover a Reggae singer or even a Rasta man as some people seem to love everything about JAMAICA and the culture, surprised to see people from Jamaica that I know personally and even the things that people have to teach me about my own yard and theirs ,things that I should know. It was nice being at “Summer Jam” meeting other artiste as well, learning the network of how far the music extends itself throughout Europe and the rest of the world”
Baby Lion has also remembers performing for the prime minister of Jamaica ,The Most Honourable PJ Patterson at his inauguration ceremony dubbed-“Youths in Harmony through Music” and is still wishing that the people who are seemingly responsible for keeping Jamaica rising up and out of the ditch , realize that the people and their talents are our greatest resources and should be cared accordingly without having to have to pay for their lives with their flesh.
Baby Lion has recorded about 15 songs between Jamaica and Germany ,while awaiting the big break via a hit song ,he is still aspiring , recording, working hard towards the day of his great success as an established roots rock reggae ,he foresees himself in the future as a clean producer of strong spiritual expressions in the channel of Reggae Music., having the handle to depend and preserve the purpose of the word the sound and the power of the strongest musical force on the face of the Earth….hey world !He is coming your way, open your ears and heart to accept another son of Rastafari the best ….. blessed.