Floyd Challenger aka ‘Challenger’ is dubbed the top reggae artist to watch by veterans in the entertainment industry. Not new to the reggae arena, the talented singer, with his raspy voice, has won the hearts of thousand globally, as he uses his music to bring to audience, his message of hope, love and unity.
At 39, Challenger is currently working on his first reggae album. The artist holds tremendous weight in Jamaica through his street team lead by award-winning street guru Stampede. His song, Nah Bodda With Dem is currently making waves in Jamaica, along with. Can’t Stop I was an instant hit across Europe and A It Dat is also all trending globally with thousands of hits on YouTube. This reggae ambassador is currently being managed and produced under the Otis Rhythm Label.
He released his first EP, ‘Man Is Just A Man in January 2015 and in October 2016, released his first-ever music video Jah Walk With Me via ReggeaVille. Entertainment in his blood, the singer stages currently numerous reggae events along the US East Coast with his band, ‘Kings Guard’, while he continues his journey to become a name to be reckoned with in reggae!
“I am inspired by many different artists, some being, Burning Spear, Joseph Hill, Glen Washington, Garnet Silk, Buju Banton, Bob Marley, Capleton, Anthony B, and these are just a few,” Challenger said. The vibey reggae talent’s songs are well received around the world and when quizzed. “It is hard to point to a song and say, this one was most popular, but I find that everyone has their favourite from my EP. If I was to single out a song, Jah Walk With Me, would be it. This song made waves on YouTube reaching over 30,000 views in one week and topping Jamaica’s Flow TV music video chart two weeks in a row.”
His journey in entertainment has had its fair share of challenges, however, ‘Challenger’ believes that growing up in a diaspora community where there is much appreciation for culture, empowered him more towards continuing his journey. To the artist, music brought hope, relief and empowerment, and reggae music was addressing issues and bringing cultural awareness and he intends to be part of that greatness.
—Article written by Stephanie Elliott