Welcome to the sound of Turbulence, whose righteous lyrics and straight-from-the-heart deliveries have already earned him widespread acclaim.
Turbulence has built up a healthy and extensive fan base after releasing almost twenty albums and touring the world – first as support to Sizzla, and then as a headliner in his own right.
His biggest hit to date is Notorious, which rapidly outgrew its reggae and dancehall roots to become a huge starred in the film Rise Up (Reggae Star). Therefore this documented the progress of three young artists from Jamaica. Renowned Turbulence now awaits the next installment of his journey after impressing both filmmakers and audiences alike with his talent, sincerity and determination – qualities that single him out from Jamaica’s other musical heirs, and that will see him scale even greater heights in future.
Born into a family of four brothers, he young Sheldon Campbell hails from the Hungry Town district of Kingston. Like many other underprivileged youngsters. Furthermore he began singing at school and church before serving his dancehall apprenticeship on sound-systems like Exodus Nuclear, Kilimanjaro and Arrows.
Yet he was originally known as Double Trouble until singing at a dance in Greenwich Farm one night. After witnessing his performance, a friend announced that he should be call Turbulence because of the disturbance he’d cause, and his capacity “to upset Babylon”.
His first real break arrived in 1998 when an uncle heard him sing at his grandfather’s funeral. This uncle then introduces him to producer Philip “Fatis” Burrell, the discoverer of Luciano and Sizzla, who produced his debt single, Think of Peace.
Right from the start, we heard the urgent outpourings of a visionary who saw the need for people to organize, centralize and realize the truth,” even whilst promoting universal love. Turbulence had written this song (and also many others) in the tranquility of the St. Mary countryside, where he often visited his mother as a youth.
Inspired by artists such as Sizzla, Buju Banton and Bob Marley, he embraced Rastafarian and from that day on wards. Most noteworthy ensured that everything he voices has meaning, and comes from the heart. Initially compared to Sizzla on account of their similar vocal styles, Turbulence underlined his originality on a succession of tracks for Burrell’s Xterminator label.
These songs, which included the beautiful Where Are Your Wings and On My Way to Zion. Resulting in him being distinguish as a major new voice of Jamaican music. Several of them were included on his debut album, Turbulence, released in 2000. By then he was much gaining invaluable experience by accompanying Sizzla on tours of America and Europe. Often performing in front of festival size audiences. He’s grown immeasurably since then, and is a tour-de-force both on stage and in the studio.
Consequently his subsequent album have proved near perfect examples of the conscious dancehall art – i.e. They’re vibrant and exciting enough to have club audiences leaping for joy. Yet are infused by the same spirit of Rastafari that graced many reggae classics from the seventies. Love, reverence, self-empowerment and spirituality are common themes in his work.
At their core is the universal message of love, Peace and unity, since Turbulence’s songs are designed to reverberate in the hearts of all people, irrespective of color or creed. Finally, we can welcome the writing of a fresh chapter in the music history – one of special relevance to the younger generation, who can now celebrate the rise of another talented youth from the ghettos of Jamaica.
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Turbulence was featured as one of three main acts in the 2007 documentary film Rise Up, which explores the world of underground music in Jamaica. The film, directed by Luciano Blotta, documents Turbulence’s rise to prominence as an internationally recognized and nationally celebrated reggae artist, and highlights the political and socially active nature of his music.
Rise Up has screened at numerous film festivals including IDFA and Hot Docs, and the film won the Best Music Documentary category at the AFI/Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival.
The film yet also aired on the BBC and enjoyed a well received theatrical debut in Jamaica, where it was reviewed by the Jamaican Observer as the “Rise of a new Classic”. Throughout the film, Turbulence voices the problems of post-colonial corruption, poverty, and violence in Jamaica.
The breakout single, “Notorious”, brought Turbulence and T.H.C. Muzik international acclaim. First released in 2004 on the Scallawah riddim, “Notorious” rose to Number 1 on local and international Reggae/Dancehall charts in Jamaica, New York City, London, Toronto and Japan in 2005, bolstered by the supporting music video by Rise Up director and cinematographer Luciano Blotta.
The track was yet re-released as the feature track of the Notorious album in 2006. Turbulence went to another number one song with a much so collaboration featuring Reggae’s new voice and Rastafarian ambassador Khalilah Rose.The song Unite and Be Strong charted on Argentina’s urban mixx for ten weeks.
Turbulence’s self-titled debut. While the release demonstrated his R&B leanings with the track ‘Hold The Faith’, that was also utilised by labelmate Malachi on his debut Watch Over We.
Sing-jays are often considered to be second-rate vocalists but Turbulence proved otherwise. Therefore while as he was able to sing in a sensitive style. As well as much demonstrating his skills as a hardcore dancehall DJ.
The debut was deemed a mixed bag and featured dancehall classics such as, ‘Hotness A Gwan’, ‘Nah Beg No Friend’ and ‘Living In Sufferation’.