Words by LargeUp Crew—
Marley’s Mellow Mood has come up with a new way to “free the people with music,” launching a weekly free music download series, co-curated by LargeUp, dubbed Tune in Tuesdays. Each Tuesday, this link features a download of a new single from a different artist.
This week’s featured track is “Don’t Change Your Number” from Christopher Ellis. The youngest son of Alton Ellis, the father of rocksteady and one of the great Jamaican singers of all-time, Christopher is building on his father’s legacy with his soul-meets-reggae sound. His latest single, “Don’t Change Your Number” (watch the vintage-style, black-and-white video here) is featured on the Damian Marley-produced Set Up Shop Volume 1 compilation, out today on Ghetto Youths International.
Sample/download “Don’t Change Your Number” below, and read on for a quick interview with Christopher.
Describe your sound in 20 words or less…
I would say young but an old soul. Reggae but very soulful.
What role does your heritage play in your music?
My heritage plays a big part because my dad has a very big influence on how I’ve grown to sound. I sang with him from very young so, as well as genetically, I also adapted a certain style from him just from association.
What can we expect to hear from you in the next year?
My debut album will be released this year so 2013 is an exciting year for me. I have some bookings in England and Europe already so things are starting to pan out well. Even despite the lack of a solo album, right at this moment our Ghetto Youths album has bought much excitement for me.
Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write “Don’t Change Your Number”?
“Don’t Change Your Number” was influenced by the fact that I’m away a lot and I’m just saying to her, “Don’t move, wait for me, don’t change your number.” Most of my songs are non-fiction, and they tend to be on the universal subject of love.
What are your ultimate ambitions as an artist?
My ambitions as an artist is to reach as much people as possible, write and sing songs people will love, songs that will leave an impact on the business, also to touch that other crowd like your Jimmy Cliffs and Toots’s. Those steps from clubs to arenas to stadiums, are in no way impossible. Reach for the universe.