On the Wings of Jah
Urban Empress and The UrbanItes' debut album, On The Wings Of Jah, channels the heart and soul of Reggae as it delivers an appetizing blend of styles, ranging from the neo-soul-flavored Love and Pain, to the steppers-riddim-based My Sweet, to the gospel-influenced Waterfalls, with dub reggae as the last stop on the journey. Join us on this healing journey as we sail on the mighty wings of Jah. Singers & Players Urban Empress-lead vocals Ras Amerlock-bass Stuart Dove-guitar, background vocals Roman Edirisinghe-guitar, sitar guitar, background vocals David Wake-clavinet, melodica, organ, piano; woodblock (7) Holly Haebig Wake-background vocals Pauli Willis-drums (2, 4, 7, 8, 10) Special Guests Jahmés Finlayson-bells, djembe, nyabinghi, shakers (1); cabaça (6) Emily Jansen-background vocals (2) Allegra Wakest-background vocals (8) Shun Cotton-drums (1, 3, 5, 6, 9) Tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 9 recorded by Reuven Cocos at Audiotrailz Tracks 2, 4, 7, 8, 10 & all song overdubs recorded by Roman Edirisinghe at the homes of the Asch, Edirisinghe, Koplin-Green and Wake families All songs edited, mixed and mastered by Roman Edirisinghe Cover art © 2011 by Julio Pabon. All Rights Reserved. Photography © 2010 by Shane Engelking. All Rights Reserved. (shaneengelkingphotography.com) Executive Producer: Kristin Urban Produced by Roman Edirisinghe Special Thanks from the Urban Empress First and foremost I give thanks to the Almighty Creator, The Most High Jah Rastafari, for blessing me with the gifts of life and music. To Mom and Dad Urban: thank you for nourishing my love for music and sticking with me through all my decisions. Thanks to my two children, and to all my relations for their continued patience, unconditional love, and support. To One Drum: thank you for bringing me to Milwaukee to manifest this vision. To my circle of sistahs: I couldn't have done it without you. You have held me through it all, steady and strong, thanks for being a constant mirror, I love you. To my brothas: you know who you are, thanks for believing in me and supporting my mission and family, I love you dearly. To all the musicians and artists who contributed to this album: you are all bright lights in this tough world, your talent and heartical vibration made this music happen! To all my fans: I give thanks for your devotion and support, you have joined me on this journey. Let's celebrate together and bathe in the Music.