Mark Messam releases new single ‘Best Friend’

The songwriter and producer of reggae known as Mark Messam has released his latest official single, “Best Friend.” The single has been released in both an official and a semi-acapella edition. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry on the Riddem to Dem Entertainment record label. Grooving, heartfelt, and boasting a shiny, sharp production value, “Best Friend” showcases Mark Messam as one of the most powerful reggae artists of the year.

St. Elizabeth, Jamaica’s Mark Messam cites as main artistic influences Bob Marley, Sanchez, Mikey Melody, and Sam Cooke. His own musical journey began in earnest when he crossed paths with Sunny High Power (King Lion Sound System). Mark Messam’s own sound takes elements from each of these and adds something fresh and unique for a result unlike anything today’s music fans have heard before. With an emphasis on striking brass sounds, genuine singing and a truly undeniable rhythm, “Best Friend” by Mark Messam has a little something for every fan of reggae and roots reggae music.

Asked to describe the overall meaning of “Best Friend,” Mark Messam writes simply, “Showing love to a special person and that you will be there from beginning to end.”

As noted in his current official bio, Mark Messam has been immersed in reggae music since his youth. His career truly started in 1983 with the legendary Jamaica-based King Lion in 1983. Since moving to the United States, Messam has shared the stage with such titans of the sound as Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Tonto Metro & Devante, King Yellow Man, and yet more. He has performed far and wide in such locales as New York, New England and the DC Metro Area, the Cape Verde Islands (1999) as well as an entire Jamaican tour with Terry Lennin (2003).

Mark Messam’s most recent international journey was to Kingston, Jamaica’s Anchor Recording Studio (Fatta) and Groove Box Entertainment (Roan Dwyer) to mix his “One Man” LP (2007). “One Man” was produced by Djim Job and co-produced by Mark Messam and, like his new “Best Friend” single, released on the STEREOPHONIC Riddem to Dem Ent. label.

Best Friend” by Mark Messam on the Riddem to Dem Entertainment label is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, reggae fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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