LargeUp Premiere: Mortimer Captures “Lightning” On a New Single Produced by Winta James ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ

July 25, 2019

Words by Ronnia Cherry

Mortimer - Lightning (Produced by Winta James)

Mortimer always comes in like the strong yet gentle force that reggae needs. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, and raised in the rural parish of St. Elizabeth, music found him at the tender age of eight, singing choir. His influences include the greats Bob Marley and Stephen Marley, as well as soul singers like Donny Hathaway and John Legend. His voice is both silky and smoky as he blends roots reggae and contemporary Jamaican music together with ease.

Mortimer first introduced himself with a feature on Protoje’s โ€œProtection,โ€ the introductory track from the critically acclaimed Ancient Future project. The two linked up again for โ€œTruth & Rightsโ€ off the Grammy-nominated A Matter of Time album.

Blessed by the immaculate production of Winta James, Mortimer released the single โ€œCarefulโ€ via James’ Overstand Entertainment and EasyStar Records. David Rodigan called it a โ€œbig, heavy tuneโ€ on BBC Radio, and the track even landed on Apple Musicโ€™s โ€œBest of 2018โ€ list.

Mortimer and Winta James return once again with their newest collaboration, โ€œLightning.โ€ The track is a powerful love song set on a simple riddim, backed by live organ, rhythm guitar, live steel guitar, horns and synthesizers.

Listen here first, and find the track on all streaming services Friday, July 26.

โ€œLightning’ is just a little bit of how I feel about one of the most beautiful persons Iโ€™ve ever met in my entire life … my wife,โ€ Mortimer shares via email. โ€œSheโ€™s the mother of my children, my friend, my inspiration… My soul feels good with her. Sheโ€™s everything. I wrote this song for her. Like all couples, we have ups and downs, but thatโ€™s what life is all about. The sun doesnโ€™t shine brightly everyday. The leaves arenโ€™t always green. Life is balance, and life is relationships, too. We grow as we go, and in my heart, I feel like Iโ€™ve found the most perfectly imperfect life partner.โ€

Reggae singer Mortimer