Kirk Diamond shining bright with Juno nod

By Kevin Jackson
Observer writer

Monday, February 19, 2018

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Singer Kirk Diamond believes his recent Juno nomination for Reggae Recording of the Year is a testament to the hard work that he has done over the past year. He got the nod for the single Greater .

The Brampton, Ontario-based Diamond — who is originally from Spanish Town — earned a previous Juno nod in 2015. He migrated to Canada in the 1990s.

“Being nominated for a Juno signifies that the work I've done over the past year has been acknowledged. To be recognised out of thousands of submissions and to be across the room from top mainstream artistes like The Weeknd, Drake and many others, made me look at my career differently,” said Diamond.

“The Juno is recognised internationally, and my first nomination opened doors for me that I couldn't have gone through without that recognition,” he continued.

The Juno Awards are recognised as Canada's equivalent to the Grammy awards. The awards are promoted by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. It honours Canadian music achievements each year since 1970.

The Reggae category was instituted in 1985. The Juno Awards will be handed out on March 24 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada.

The other nominees for Reggae Recording of The Year are: The Light by Ammoye; Hold Up, Slow Down by Blessed; Neva Judge by Eyesus; and Love How You Whine by Kreesha Turner and K'Coneil.

Diamond, who once aspired to become an electrician, said he got into music by chance a decade ago.

“Musically, I feel I bridge the gap between the old and new school with influences from other genres that I'm a fan of, such as hip hop, jazz and soul. I started doing music professionally in 2008 and I believe I have evolved since then due to my life experiences. Having a child, reading a lot more, and looking at life differently from I did back then, allows me to deliver a more mature content,” said Diamond.

He released his debut EP entitled, “Greater” in May 2017. The seven-track project featured productions from Hype and Partner from Germany, Smokeshop Studios, and Kegan Douglas.

Among his hit songs on the Canadian reggae scene are Greater (which spent 42 weeks on the charts), Love Inna We Heart (20 weeks), and his latest Give Thanx which is inside the top 10 of the Rebel Vibez Canadian Reggae chart.




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