Lovers Rock is a style of Reggae music noted for its romantic sound and content; hence the name. While love songs had been an important part of Reggae since the late 1960s, this style was given a greater focus and a name in London in the mid-1970s.
The roots of Lovers Rock lies in the last days of the Rocksteady era and early days of Reggae, with Jamaican and American singers such as Ken Boothe, Johnny Nash and John Holt enjoying international hits with versions of well-known love songs.
The popularity of Lovers Rock has continued, and in the 1980s the Fashion label was successful with UK audiences, and the Revue label had a major hit in 1986 with Boris Gardiner's I Wanna Wake Up With You. In the 1990s, the likes of Mike Anthony, Peter Hunnigale and Donna Marie enjoyed success with the genre, and several British stars have performed at Reggae Sunsplash. The 21st century has seen Lovers Rock being exposed to more audiences by impresario Orlando Gittens who has pioneered the 'Giants of Lovers Rock' series of concerts at London's O2 arena.