Enormously popular throughout the World and the US, people of all races, nationalities, and ages are attracted to Young Dread. As a result, Young Dread is one of the highest online searched artist that is effectively increasing his ever-so-popular international fan base. Young Dread’s songs of determination, rebellion, and faith are finding audiences all over the world.
Born June 30, 1982 in the “low country – Geechee Island region of South Carolina”, Young Dread developed his unique slang known as Geechee. His heroes included all of the 75% of slaves that came through the Battery (the auction block in Charleston, SC) and held on to the unique Gullah culture. The Gullah people are directly descended from the slaves who labored on the rice plantations, and their language reflects significant influences from Sierra Leone and the surrounding area. This language can be heard in the lyrics of Young Dread’s music and has influenced him and his music greatly. Young Dread was raised by his single mother who went back to college at the age of 33 in order to show Young Dread and his brother and sister that anything is possible if one puts his or her mind to it. Young Dread witnessed his mother work several jobs while she attended the University of South Carolina while managing to stay on the Dean’s and President’s List. After his Mom graduated from the University Cum Laude, Young Dread always realized that, like his mom, he could achieve anything, and he maintains this thought process to this day. Despite the fact that Young Dread’s father ran away after getting his Mom pregnant, his mother never let that stop her from trying to provide the best life possible for all of her children. And despite the fact that Young Dread’s father got caught up in the lucrative drug game in Miami, Florida, which soon lead to his ultimate fate as an overdose victim, Young Dread has always prevailed. Because of this, his other hero is his Mom since she was able to overcome various tragedies as an African-American single parent and do what was necessary to raise her children.
Young Dread went to high school at Dreher High School in Columbia, SC and graduated in 2000. After graduating with honors and in the top 10% of his class he obtained a full academic/athletic scholarship to Fisk University. After attending Fisk he transferred to the School of Audio Engineer in Nashville and graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Audio Engineering. He developed his unique dance moves through his training at Ebony Dance School, DeeCrump School of Dance, and University of South Carolina (Summer Institute for the Arts and Dance).
Young Dread is not only an International Recording Artist, but also a model, actor, and producer. He composes his own lyrics and music in conjunction with various producers in the industry. He has been a member of ASCAP since August 2000, was with Paradox Productionz from July 1999-March 2000 and then started Murderus Soundz Publishing in April 2000. He has performed at over 65 venues including an International Tour opening for U God of WuTang Clan. He has over 200 songs in his catalog and is the owner of an Atlanta based recording studio. He has 7 LPs online and in stores at this time under his belt. Young Dread continues to obtain 1000’s and 1000’s of new hits on www.YoungDread.com www.Twitter.com/TheYoungDread www.FaceBook.com/TheYoungDread and www.MySpace.com/YoungDread where new fans are viewing tons of updated pictures and listening to his new music. Many fans are finding him through all major search engines where there are numerous sites that are promoting this unique future award winning artist.
In May 2008, Young Dread signed an international publishing deal with TouchTunes, the largest out-of-home interactive entertainment network, providing innovative solutions to over 30,000 bars, restaurants, retailers and other businesses in North America and Canada. TouchTunes maintains a digital music library covering more than two million licensed tracks from every major record label, plus independent music distributors and a host of independent labels. Through this publishing deal Young Dread continues to add new audiences on an international level. Since October 2008 Young Dread has had over 85 program directors and general managers from various international radio stations contact him in regards to featuring his music on their stations. Young Dread has also created a unique relationship with various mixed tape DJs and online radio station DJs who continue to saturate the market with his future award-winning genre sound. In January of 2010 Young Dread fans worldwide are even happier because they are able to shop Young Dread on Verizon, Amazon, Shockhound, IMVU, iTunes, Jamster, Rhapsody, eMusic, Thumbplay, LaLa, AT&T, LimeWire, Napster, CMT, VH1, & MTV Mobile.
This artist’s unique style is one that listeners will not soon forget, and his music reminds the listener that originality is still alive in today’s music industry. He brings a new kind of style and energy to the scene that has been missing for some time, and his career is sure to grow exponentially as more and more people are turned onto his distinctive sound.