Bless Up, Mi Dads: Ten Current Caribbean Artists and Their Musical Fathers

June 14, 2011

Tarrus and Jimmy Riley


Child: Tarrus Riley

Why You Know Him: One of the most prominent and successful reggae crooners of the last half-decade, the Bronx-born, Jamaica- and Florida-raised Riley scored his big breakthrough in 2006 with the single “She’s Royal.”

Father: Jimmy Riley
Why You Should Know Him:
Beginning his career as a member of ’60s vocal harmony group the Sensations during the rocksteady era, Riley later joined the Uniques and recorded as a solo artist for Sly & Robbie’s Taxi label, scoring hits with 1982’s “Love & Devotion” and a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing.”