otch was one of the Former lead vocalist and one of the creative force behind the Reggae-Hip-Hop duo Born Jamericans; the dynamic group that is often said, to be one of the pioneers to introduce Reggae to mainstream American in the late nineties; thru that time period til now He has shared headline billing on sold-out tours around the world with the likes of Destiny’s Child, Snoop Dogg, Sean Paul, Rabanes, Daddy Yankee, Tego Calderon, Don Omar, Beenie Man, Shaggy, Shabby Ranks, just to name a few.
When the group parted ways, NOTCH wasted no time to continue to keep on being creative and wasn’t long after he regained recognition atop of the charts with the reggae hit “Nuttin Nuh Go So” on the Buy Out Riddim and created a few Latin notables Spanish fused smash hits where NOTCH created a lane that was a common sound between riddim and ritmo andconsistently managed to stamp his mark on the Billboard charts; with the electrifying Spatoinglish fusion Reggaeton classic anthem song “Hay Que Bueno” which is featured on the Chosen Few Compilation – El Documental, he can also be heard on the mexican fused Banda-Latin Hip-Hop track “San Pedro” on Daddy Yankee’s multi-platinum Barrio Fino album, he also teamed up with Sony Norte’s Reggaeton artist Voltio on the smashing hit “Chevere” which is featured on Voltio’s last album Voltage, and Notch appeared in the Jenifer Lopez produced and Omarion movie called “Feel the Noise” performing the song in the ending scene. Born into a family of different cultures; Jamaican, Latin, Portuguese, Scottish, Native American and African American descents, NOTCH’s sound is definitely a musical reflection of his own eclectic multi-cultural background, as well as an artistic evolution where he masterfully fuses genres of music, such as Reggae, Latin, Alternative, Reggaeton, R&B, and Pop to create a sound that is loved and appreciated by everyone. His music introduces a new generation to Spatoinglish a unique combination of Spanish, Patoi (the Jamaican Dialect) and English. This fusion of music has earned him constant airplay and positioned him atop of various urban radio stations; his sound is now building bridges between Caribbean, Latin America, and the USA; crossing into traditional programming lines and connecting with broad audiences in many diverse and urban markets. With the released his solo album “Raised by the People”, debuted #4 on the Billboards Reggae Chart and was also named Billboards the #14th bestselling Reggae Album in 2008. NOTCH drew us closer to him as a multi-dimensional vocalist, taking us on a musical voyage through the limitless universe of music and connecting his fans worldwide with music they can associate with their cultural lifestyles. “Raised by the People” is a multicultural melting pot; it flows from Reggae without the slightest friction and off course Reggaeton to R&B. In “Hay Que Bueno”, “Dale Patra” and “Guaya Guaya” you can hear the clear sounds of Reggae meets Reggaeton; Jah Mexi Cali, Bun Out Bad Mind and No Problema is a clearly the purist Reggae beats,as catchy as its lyrics are melancholic; On “Layaway Love” and Rosalinda NOTCH showcases the R&B side of him. “Ella se fue” shows the latin jazz influence side of him. And the reggae fused merengue song “Que Te Pica” is one of Zumba Fitness stapled anthem records in any Zumba fitness class worldwide. The strong finisher, classic song “Verme” which is featured by Reggaeton producer duo “Luney Tunes & Baby Ranks” compilation called Mas Flow 2 was one of the first tropical Latin fused with a hint of soca feel track that became a Latin crowds favorite up until today.
Not wanting to limit himself to just doing solo album projects, NOTCH has consistently managed to stamp his mark on the Billboard charts by collaborating with various artist; The most notable,NOTCH was the front man on the Thievery Corporations song “The Richest Man in Babylon” which debuted on the #100 on Billboard 200 charts and was invited to perform the song on NBCs late night talk show Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He once again lends his voice to two other Thievery albums “The Cosmic Game” and “Radio Retaliation”. Tapping into his dancehall roots, NOTCH delivery one of the best songs on the classic dancehall riddim “Buy Out Riddim” popularly known as the riddim for Sean Paul song “Like Glue”. He can also be heard on Grammy Award winner Beenie Man’s released album, on the track titled “Pure Pretty Gal”, produced by Tony Kelly and on the Kopa Riddim. From Jazz to Alternative, he has worked with Brand New Heavies on an unreleased track their jazzy rare groove Brazilian Portuguese rhythm “Carnival”, with Alternative Rock group, long beach dub all stars former members of “Sublime” on their unreleased song “Open Road” and he teamed up with the hot Columbian group Cyclon and Sergio Sir George who is known for working with Latin vocalist Marc Anthony and the late great Celia Cruz, on the Urban Viallenato (Tropical fused) song Estoy Pegao. One of NOTCH’s unreleased song “Wepa” was aired on NBC’s hit TV shows Third Watch and ER. So what’snext for NOTCH: oddly enough, Notch has been invited on various unreleased hip hop track for one of Busta Ryhmes next project produced by Tony Kelly and appeared on a collaboration with on the rise Fallen soldier Bronx hip hop native French Montana stable mate “Chinx Drugz” & Brooklyn’s own “Maino” on a Stripper theme hip hop record. Still on his quest to explore his once Latin direction & evolution, NOTCH has been busy collaborating with one of Spain’s biggest urban Latin artiste Juan Magan on the reggaeton/mambo song “Chica Latina”. He also can be heard on the song “Fiesta Animal” with Latin Grammy Award-winning Afro-Colombian hip-hop group Chocquibtown, the song appears on the group’s recent album El Mismo. NOTCH also recently team up with Jamaican producer Kurt Riley to record his own Latin/Reggae fused song “Fiesta” as part of the Soca/Latin fused “Jambien Riddim”. This song is already creating a buzz and was recently used as background music for an ESPN Sport Center broadcast. In his own words NOTCH sums it up by saying “I have been blessed to be able to do what I love to do, so I will continue to enjoy this musical journey that I embarked upon years ago; whether I am performing in front of an audience or having my music be a part of this online digital music space, I will create music tha tdefies the outer limits and boundaries of traditional music,bringing to my fansand music lovers worldwide, music that they all can associate with their diverse cultural background and lifestyle”.