Singer Irie creating waves with ‘Bad Influence’ | Entertainment
Singer Irie is very upbeat about the progress of his latest single, Bad Influence. Released late last year, the single has been revived thanks to a promotional campaign that started a few months ago.
“The song has been playing on radio stations in Jamaica and here in the United States’ Tri-State area. It is currently number eight on the Stampede Street chart and the feedback has been really good,” said an excited Singer Irie. Bad Influence, which was produced by Norman Owen, was named ‘Song of the Week’ by Gallery Radio Show in New York.
“I have gotten so many opportunities to do dubplates because of this song, as well as opportunities to perform on shows. We are just waiting on the COVID-19 pandemic to ease a bit so we can capitalise on the song,” said Singer Irie.
The New Jersey-based artiste has been putting in the work over the years. Formerly known as Patrick Irie, he began his career by honing his skills on sound systems in Jamaica, including Black Scorpio, Cave Man International, Creation and Youthman Promotion. Originally from Waterhouse, St Andrew, he moved to New Jersey at the age of 10.
He scored hits with songs including Girls Dem Anthem and Too Much Gun. In recent years, he has hit multiple reggae charts stateside with songs including Vampires and Mama. Between 2014 and 2016, he received the Tri-State’s Singer of the Year Award from New Jersey-based radio station Vibeslink 96.1 FM.
“The award was one of the biggest highlights of my career, because at the time, I was doing a lot of shows and performing across the United States,” said Singer Irie.
His most recent album Success was released in January.