Gary Nesta Pine
Gary Nesta Pine
Gary Nesta Pine is a Jamaican reggae artist best known for being the lead singer for Bob Marley’s Wailers and for his success with his European dance hits “Love Generation” and “Sound of Freedom”.
Gary first stormed Jamaica’s reggae scene in 1989 as the lead singer for City Heat, one of Jamaica’s most popular bands. The hotel circuit in Jamaica was the training ground for grooming the band’s young talent. After emigrating to the U.S. in 1992, City Heat traveled the world touring with Super Cat, while playing an integral part in the development of New York City’s underground reggae scene. Gary quickly became known as a charismatic and crowd-motivating artist. He is also known and loved for his distinctive voice, his magnetic personality, attention-grabbing stage presence and his energetic performances.
Gary became the lead singer for the Wailers band in 1998. This legendary band lead by Aston “Family Man” Barrett, performed and created many hits with Bob Marley during Bob’s lifetime. During Gary’s 8 years with the Wailers, he played an important part in music history by continuing to spread what is considered the most revolutionary, yet peaceful and ground-breaking music in modern times. Fans and critics alike agree that Gary never attempted to imitate Bob; rather, he brought a level of creativity and raw intensity to the stage that kept each performance fresh, while performing his own original tunes, “Light It up”, “Dem Wouldn’t Live”, “Fighting For The Right Thing”, and “Be Wise”.
In 2006, Gary took an unlikely journey into the European dance music scene by collaborating with acclaimed French DJ and Producer, Bob Sinclair. Gary was featured on four songs on the Western Dream album. “Love Generation”, the first single released off of Western Dream, quickly catapulted to the top of the international dance charts, selling 120,000 copies in its first two weeks of release. “Love Generation” quickly became an anthem and was used as the theme song for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and for “Star Academy” in both France and Beirut. “Love Generation” received platinum awards in Germany and Belgium for selling more than 300,000 copies. Gary performed at the TMF Awards in Belgium and twice on the RTL Chart show in Germany where “Love Generation” was cited among the most downloaded songs. The 2007 Bob Sinclar single, “Sound of Freedom” which features Gary Nesta and Dollarman, also reached Number 2 on the Billboard Magazine Hot Club Play. “Love Generation” and “Sound of Freedom” were both #1 songs in 15 markets. Bob Sinclar’s Reggae Album, “Made in Jamaica”, which features three of Gary’s songs, was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Reggae Album.
In 2009, Gary was featured on Shaggy’s single, “Fly High”, produced by DJ Voodoo of Ministry of Sound in Germany. “Fly High” has more than 6,000,000 hits on YouTube and made top 5 on iTunes, three top 10, two top 15, and two top 50 lists.
Gary’s improbable voyage into the dance music genre has allowed this “reggae man” to take a new and exciting journey proving his versatility, creativity and originality. He has been granted the extreme honor of taking the stage alongside Bob Marley’s Legendary Wailers while collaborating with some of the most talented musicians and producers in the industry.
Gary recently returned to the reggae stage with his highly acclaimed 2013 solo album, “From Jahmaica to de World”. Gary is is at the height of his creative zone. He is currently working on his second album which is scheduled to be released in August, 2016.