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VP Records pays homage to Joel Chin

Thursday, August 18, 2011    

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VP Records Joel Chin was on Tuesday night shot and killed at his home in Stony Hill, St Andrew.

The grandson of VP Records founder Vincent Chin, son of famed reggae producer Clive Chin and nephew of the owners of VP Records, Chris and Randy Chin, Joel literally grew up in the reggae business and put his vast knowledge and connections at the service of the music he loved passionately.

Joining the company in the 90s, Joel was instrumental in launching and fostering the careers of international reggae stars such as Sean Paul, TOK, Beres Hammond, Wayne Wonder, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley and Etana while creating the top reggae compilations in the world: Reggae Gold and Strictly The Best. Joel was loved by the creative community in Jamaica and around the world

and had a long-standing relationship with some of the top producers in the island such as Dean Fraser and Steven "Lenky" Marsden. Joel's signings helped VP Records become the largest reggae label in the world and brought reggae into the mainstream music market culminating with Sean Paul's Dutty Rock album which sold over seven million units worldwide.

An accomplished producer, Joel had moved from New York to Jamaica two years ago to spend more time on music production, songwriting and developing rising talents. Joel wrote hit songs for many artistes such as Elephant Man and Etana among many others.

Joel is survived by his mother Juliette, his father Clive, his newborn daughter, two brothers, and three sisters.

Funeral service and arrangements will be announced at a later date.

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