Gully Ranks


Gully Ranks

Gully Ranks

Reggae, Hip-Hop, Indie
From: Kingston, Jamaica

About Artist

’First Family of Reggae’ is the phrase often applied to the band that merges a unique sense of family tradition with irresistible rythmic beats, creating music that’s as provocative as the age in which we live. Richard Ace, along with sons, Richard Jr., Franz, Ricardo, and Craig, make up the multi-talented family network that is, Sons of Ace. Richard Ace, a native Jamaican, was raised on mento and blues. He began his career as a pianist and musical arranger at Studio One: where reggae legends such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Jackie Mittoo recorded. ACE played piano on some of the earliest reggae classics, such as Bob Marley’s ’Songs of Freedom,’ The Abyssinians’ Before moving to the U.S. in 1981, band leader Ace was integral to building the budding world music scene, collaborating with many talented musicians through his work as music director and session musician at Jamaica’s Studio One. At Studio One, he conducted sessions that launched the careers of Toots and the Maytals, Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and others and played guitar, organ and piano on the early recordings of those and other budding world music artists. Of the many reggae albums on which Ace played, the most famous is Bob Marley’s Songs of Freedom album. With a music degree in classical theory from the Royal School of Music in London, Ace set an example for his sons that resulted in an immensely talented family of musicians. In the band’s early days, Sons of Ace toured with prominent reggae artists and played at famed venues, including the Reggae Sun Splash in Jamaica. After years of touring, Sons of Ace was asked by recording company Emerald Records to relocate to Philadelphia. Ace and sons moved to the Philadelphia in 1981 and became a staple on the music scene almost immediately upon their arrival. During their early days, the band toured extensively with prominent reggae artists in the U.S. In the late 1990s, Sons of Ace took a hiatus from full time touring so that members could go to college and begin their own careers. Sons of Ace never stopped making music though, and now that the sons are all grown up, the band is poised to re-emerge on the reggae and world music scene, with their much anticipated albums Falasha, Let me introduce you to my world, Family and now the songs from In Her Shoes. Most recently, Sons of Ace played in the Welcome America Festival, an offshoot of the Live8 Concert in Philadelphia. They are also featured in the Cameron Diaz movie In Her Shoes, based on the best-selling novel by Jennifer Weiner, with three songs heard throughout the movie and on the film’s soundtrack in addition to appearing in the wedding scene. Sons of Ace songs featured in the movie are "I Got You Babe"(a Sonny and Cher classic), "Is This Love?"(originally written and performed by Bob Marley) and Wagner’s wedding march, which the band performs in the film’s wedding scene. While the songs are not Sons of Ace originals, the band arranged them as the reggae ballads heard in the movie.

In Her Shoes Music The Cameron Diaz/Shirley Maclain flick

( In Her Shoes Music ) Richard Ace & Sons Of Ace made their movie debut in the Cameron Diaz/Shirley Maclain flick, "In Her Shoes" . Check out this fantastic Reggae and Wordbeat artist, who played with Bob Marley, the Skatalites, and Lee Scratch Perry....... (A must have CD) ORDER NOW! 215) 878-3323 E-mail: gullyranks@gmail.com

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