BY KEVIN JACKSON—
Jemere Morgan, son of Morgan Heritage member Gramps Morgan, makes his debut on the Billboard Reggae album chart this week. His debut album Transition enters at number four.
Transition, released on January 6 via Dada Son Entertainment, contains 17 tracks. It also includes collaborations with Toian (Bang Bang); Agent Sasco (Neighbourhood Girls remix); J Boog (Shakers and Movers); Ghanaian dancehall artist Soundbwoy (A.C.B.) and Jo Mersa Marley (Shouldn’t Have). His father, Gramps, is featured on the tracks Try Jah Love and Celebrate Life.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Morgan moved to Jamaica at age one. He relocated to the United States at eight. He currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
Falling from number two to number three is Stick Figure’s Set in Stone, while New York-based The Frightnrs rise from eight to five with Nothing More to Say.
Slipping one place from five to number six is Rebelution’s Live at Red Rocks, while dropping from four to number seven is Landon McNamara with A Dollar Short, A Minute Late.
Former chart-topper The Legend Live: Santa Barbara Country Bowl November 25th 1979 by Bob Marley & the Wailers falls from five to number eight, while son Stephen slips two rungs down to number nine with Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life.
The top 10 is completed by a re-entry on the chart, Get Ready! Live in Columbus Brett Wilson from Roots Creation. The 13-track set jumps back onto the chart, having peaked at number eight in December last year.
Leaping five places to number 11 is Hotting Up by Iration, while the group’s acoustic set Double Up falls from 10 to 12.
Slipping from nine to 13 is Matisyahu’s Release the Bound (EP), and Joss Stone’s long-running Water for Your Soul rises five places to number 14.
Sealing off the Top 15 at number 15 is Ziggy Marley’s self-titled Grammy-nominated set, which moves up three places.