Spanner Banner was born Joseph Anthony Bonner at Rock Hall, St. Andrew. He has emerged as one of Jamaicaâ€™s best singers. His inspiration spurs from legendary musicians including Bob Marley, Gregory Isaacs, Jacob miller, and his famous Bonner siblings â€˜Richie Spiceâ€™, â€˜Snatchaâ€™, and Pliers of the legendary musical duo, Chaka Demus and Pliers.
He received his major â€˜bussâ€™ at an early age with his first single 'Life Goes On', produced by Winston Riley. The song dominated the charts locally and internationally creating a precedent for other musicians as well as himself to follow. Other hit songs like, 'Live and Learn', 'Tease me, and 'Michelle', Tease me', subsequently covered by Chaka Demus and Pliers made it to the top ten of the British National Chart.
After the reeling success of his debut song, Spanner Banner was signed to Island Records. His debut album 'Chill', produced by Sly & Robbie, further cemented his mark on the Jamaican Reggae music scene as it attained international recognition. The album included the hits â€˜What We Need Is Love', 'You Gotta Be', 'Universal Love' and the title track â€˜Chill'.
During his impressive career, Spanner worked with some of the most prominent producers in the industry including King Jammys, Bobby Digital, and Clive Hunt. Spanner left Island Records in 1996, and ventured out to launch his own recording label, 'Sweet Angel Productions'. It was at 'Sweet Angel Productions' that he released, 'Lovers Story' which dropped hit songs such as 'Ladies Night' - (featuring Grammy award winner, Sean Paul), and 'Tears in the Rain'. His subsequent album 'Real Love' - released by Heart Beat Records and received much acclaim overseas. The Twin Brothers Record label later released his next album titled 'Spanner Bannerâ€™s Greatest Hits' in which covered over a decade of Spannerâ€™s hits and included a few new tracks.
Spanner Banner next step was to commence extensive touring in North America, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. He however relocated to the United Kingdom performing and recording for a number of years. He later returned to Jamaica and began working with Fifth Element Record label.
During that period he did widespread tours of the United States with Richie Spice and the Fifth Element family where he performed at 'Reggae on the River', 'West Chester Reggae Fest, and the Elite Ark, New York, just to name a few. Spanner continues to perform locally at major reggae events including â€˜East Festâ€™ â€˜Rebel Soluteâ€™ â€˜All Spice Culture in the Hillsâ€™, â€˜A St. Mary Mi Come Fromâ€™, and also several other shows in the Caribbean.
His new album is proposed to be released soon and will feature some of Jamaica's finest producers. The album includes songs like 'One Love' (done on the heavenly rhythm) - produced by Don Corleon, â€˜Angels Around Meâ€™ produced by No Doubt Records, and the title track â€˜Iâ€™m A winnerâ€™ produced by Bonner Cornerstone Music for revolutionary Entertainment.
Spanner Banner has proven himself to be a gifted and talented singer/ songwriter/ producer, and performer in the Reggae Industry for an impressive number of years.
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