Considered one of the leaders in the US reggae movement, reggae artist Mighty Mystic’s fresh sound and musical diversity has proved to be a magnet for music lovers in search of that next level sound that has been missing in the reggae genre. It has attracted listeners of all ages, and from all walks of life. A charismatic man on a mission: Mighty Mystic has gone from being a fan of reggae music, to being a contributor to the art.
Mighty Mystic was born Kevin Mark Holness, in the farming community of Goshen, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica to parents Morris & Sonia Holness. As a child, Kevin showed early interest in his native island’s music. It was common to hear him singing the latest tunes while imitating the actions of popular reggae artists. In 1989, the family relocated to Boston Ma in search of a new life. Though oceans apart Kevin never lost the passion for his beloved reggae music. In the mid 90s Kevin began tagging alongside his older brother Stephen who had made a name for himself in the local Hip Hop scene. Kevin saw this as an opportunity and began showcasing his reggae vibes at every chance he was given. It was almost instantaneous but young Kevin had been bitten by the music bug. The name “Mystic” coincidently was the nickname given to his father as a child and also the area in Boston where Kevin grew up. So it was only fitting that Kevin would become Mystic. By the end of his teenage years young Mystic had already developed a core following and began to take the steps necessary to build for the future. Over the next few years Mystic would have several successful regional releases as well as features on VP Records Riddim Driven compilations that brought added attention on the budding Mystic.
In 2005 Mystic and Producer Mike Cip of Split2nd Ent hit the studio to develop a more authentic and true sound. The duo would return with perhaps the biggest reggae record of 2006 with song “Riding on the Clouds”. This was the beginning of the “Mighty Mystic”. Mighty Mystic hoped on the scene in 2006 after scoring his first international hit with song “Riding on the Clouds”. However it wasn’t until the release of his first album Wake up the World
(2010) that he became a household name. Wake up the World
boasted several standouts such as “Revolution”, “Better Times” “Original Love” & Slipped Away" with appearances from reggae icon Shaggy
and roots rocker Lutan Fyah
. Mystic continues to wake up the world with his high energy, message driven brand of reggae music which he emphatically calls “HARD ROOTS”. It is this unique spin on classic reggae that has catapulted him to the forefront of today’s Reggae Revival.
He has managed to hold firm to his Jamaican roots while adding elements of Hip Hop & Rock giving Mystic a more unique sound. Mystic has toured and shared the stage with some of Reggae’s biggest names such as Steel Pulse
, Damian Marley
, Toots and the Maytals
, Lee Scratch Perry
, Barrington Levy
, Buju Banton
, The Wailers
, Shaggy, Collie Buddz
, Sean Paul
, Dirty Heads
, Arman Isojan
, John Brown's Body
, and Capleton
to name a few. His message of peace, love, struggle and perseverance isn’t something new under the sun. However, it is the passion and flare delivered by Mystic that has the people saying yes!
Mighty Mystic has been described by many as an artist who could potentially take Reggae music back to its rightful place. However that is something that only time can tell. On January 28th 2014 Mighty Mystic will release his sophomore album Concrete World
via VP Records Music Group. Though early, the album has the makings and momentum to be a classic for the genre.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Jan 30 @ Nectar’s – Burlington, VT
Feb 01 @ Stone Church – Newmarket, NH
Apr 05 @ Macedonia Community Center – Mount Vernon, NY