Mortimer is a Jamaican recording artist on the rise; a singer with an enthralling voice, who is equally comfortable creating traditional roots reggae as well as contemporary Jamaican music, and who dances between the two to reveal a sound that blends his old-soul sensibilities with modern youthfulness. Mortimer’s voice effortlessly glides between a raspy, smoky alto and a silky falsetto, with an unhurried delivery that has become signature of his sound.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, as a youth, Mortimer had dreams of becoming a soldier or an auto engineer, but these aspirations soon took a back seat to music.  

Mortimer released his first project Message Music in 2014, a four-song effort produced by Jay Crazie Records. The release earned favourable reviews and cemented his commitment to a musical career. 

An introduction to Jamaican recording artist Protoje, a forefront figurehead in the “Reggae Revival” movement, resulted in the recording of the collaboration “Protection”, the opening track to Protoje’s critically acclaimed third album Ancient Future, produced by Winta James.  

Mortimer continued to work with producer Winta James, featuring on James’ Mile High Riddim with the song “Nice Up Di Scene”, as well as a second collaboration with Protoje on the single “Truths & Rights”, included on Protoje’s Grammy-nominated album A Matter Of Time

In October 2018, they released “Careful” via Overstand Entertainment/Easy Star Records, championed as a “big, heavy tune” by BBC Radio’s David Rodigan, and selected by Apple Music Editors as one of only two Jamaican records to be featured on their “Best of 2018” Editorial Playlist. Followed by “Lightning” in July 2019 – a classic down-tempo reggae love song with a modern update. With a sparse rhythm section featuring live organ and rhythm guitar, joined later by live steel guitar, horns and synthesizers, which build to a passionate crescendo. Mortimer sings his way straight into hearts with his romantic, heart-felt lyrics. The endearing video directed by Pete Beng was premiered at The Fader and has amassed over 20 million views. 

Both singles feature on Fight The Fight, Mortimer’s debut EP release since aligning with Winta James/Overstand Entertainment, released November 15, 2019. The 6-track project features live musicianship and emotive lyricism that combine to create a fresh sound, breathing new life into soulful roots reggae. The EP glides from hard-hitting drum and bass to seductive lovers rock, to spiritually conscious soul-reggae, as Mortimer’s haunting, melismatic, honey-sweet vocals narrate his deeply personal stories with touching vulnerability and openness. Fight The Fight debuted at #3 on the Billboard Reggae Chart and #1 on the US iTunes Reggae Chart. 

Mortimer walked away with two awards at the 2020 Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Honour Awards, winning Breakthrough Artiste and Song Of The Year for  “Lightning”.

In 2022, Mortimer released the first taste of music from his highly-anticipated debut full-length with the single “Whole Heap”. A second single “Slowly” followed at the beginning of 2023, and now his latest “Not A Day Goes By”.  The album is due fall 2024 via Overstand Entertainment/Easy Star Records.

According to Mortimer, music has been a major source of inspiration for many years, beginning at age eight when he sang on his church choir. “I do music because it is my first love and where my passion lies. For me, it’s about a message… One of love, hope, kindness, selflessness, and also an opportunity to share a piece of myself with others,” he says. 

He sites Bob Marley, Jacob Miller, Donny Hathaway, as well as contemporary hit makers such as Stephen Marley and John Legend as influences. 



January 19th, 2024|0 Comments

Ever since modern roots reggae artist Mortimer released his debut EP in 2019 – with the standout romantic anthem “Lightning” – fans have been waiting for his follow-up full-length debut. Now he returns with his newest single, [...]


November 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Mortimer's highly anticipated new EP Fight the Fight is finally here! The two singles “Careful” and “Lightning”  already made big waves in the reggae world ahead of the rising roots-reggae artist's debut EP made in collaboration [...]

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