PREMIERE: Christopher Ellis “Here We Are” Video

“It’s a lineage thing,” says Christopher Ellis, the youngest son of legendary Jamaican vocalist Alton Ellis, of his link with the Ghetto Youths International crew. “It stems back to when I met Stephen and Damian Marley. And more than that, it stems to our fathers and the whole Trenchtown thing.”

An economically downpressed but musically blessed area of downtown Kingston, Trenchtown was immortalized by The Wailers in their song “Trenchtown Rock.” Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer all hailed from there, as did many other Jamaican musical heroes including Alton Ellis, a soulful vocalist who made his name with rock steady classics like “Girl I’ve Got A Date,“ and “I’m Just A Guy.”

“When you have a father like that, greatness is passed down onto you,” Ellis acknowledges. “It’s all about fulfilling the mission of extending my father’s legacy. Anything I can add to that legacy is a blessing.” With that in mind Ellis released the Better Than Love EP, executive produced by Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley in 2013. He is currently recording his debut full length album, slated for release later this year. (This weekend he will perform at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in California.)

Ellis’ latest reease is “Here We Are,” on Stephen Marley’s “All Natural” Riddim, which finds the UK-born using his silky voice to deliver words of  wisdom and inspiration:”Here we are, once again (yeah), chilling with our family and friends (yes), the vibe is nice, give thanks for life,” he sings upfully.  “I wanted to make feel good music for the fans,” Ellis explains. “Hope they hear it and gel with the message of love amongst one another.”

Directed by Jay Will (Game Over), “Here We Are” video was filmed in Portland, where Ellis seems right at home amidst the country vibes. Peep the visuals up top and purchase/stream the tune on Apple and Spotify and Tidal.

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