Jah Is Real is a studio album by Jamaican reggae singer Burning Spear. It was released on August 19, 2008 through Burning Music. Recording sessions took place at The Magic Shop in New York City.

Jah Is Real
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 19, 2008
StudioThe Magic Shop (SoHo, Manhattan)
GenreRoots reggae
Length1:08:46
LabelBurning Music
ProducerBurning Music Production
Burning Spear chronology
The Burning Spear Experience
(2007)
Jah Is Real
(2008)
Living Dub Vol. 6
(2008)
Singles from Jah Is Real
  1. "The Cruise"
    Released: 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
PopMatters[2]

The album peaked at number 3 on the Reggae Albums chart in the United States. It won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in 2009.[3]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Winston Rodney.

No.TitleLength
1."The Cruise"4:38
2."Step It"8:10
3."You Were Wrong"4:56
4."Run for Your Life"6:29
5."Jah Is Real"4:06
6."People in High Places"4:23
7."One Africa"4:56
8."Grandfather"3:54
9."Wickedness"4:54
10."Stick to the Plan"4:29
11."No Compromise"4:17
12."700 Strong"4:31
13."Grassroot"4:22
14."Step It Remix"4:41
Total length:1:08:46

PersonnelEdit

  • Winston Rodney – vocals, percussion
  • "Lady" Peachena Eure – backing vocals
  • Marie Della Thomas – backing vocals
  • Joanne Williams – backing vocals
  • The Late Show's Gospel Choir – backing vocals
  • Kennedy Simmonds – keyboards
  • William Berlind – keyboards
  • Lawrence Lewis – keyboards
  • Michael Hyde – keyboards
  • George Bernard Worrell, Jr. – keyboards (tracks: 2, 3, 6, 9, 11)
  • Brian Thorn – lead guitar, engineering
  • Andrew Hobby Bassford – lead guitar
  • Donovan McKitty – lead guitar
  • Cecil Ordonez – lead guitar
  • Ian "Beezy" Coleman – rhythm guitar
  • Linford Carby – rhythm guitar
  • David Rekhley – bass
  • I Palmer – bass
  • William Earl "Bootsy" Collins – bass (tracks: 2, 3, 6, 9)
  • Mr. Handgroove – bass guitar (track 14)
  • Howard Smith – drums
  • Num Heru-ur Shutef Amon'Tehu – percussion
  • "Blessed" Donald Toney – saxophone
  • Gerald "Jerry" Johnson – saxophone
  • Jason Jackson – trombone
  • Kevin Batchelor – trumpet
  • Donovan "Snakie" Simmonds – additional engineering
  • Ted Young – additional engineering
  • Chris Gehringer – mastering
  • Alexei Afonin – photography

Chart historyEdit

Chart (2008) Peak
position
US Reggae Albums (Billboard)[4] 3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Anderson, Rick. "Jah Is Real - Burning Spear | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  2. ^ Jacobson, Nils (September 25, 2008). "Burning Spear: Jah Is Real | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "Burning Spear". Grammy. March 17, 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "Burning Spear Chart History (Reggae Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 17, 2018.

External linksEdit

Jah Is Real at Discogs (list of releases)