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Born Windel Beneto Edwards on October 25, 1983, Gyptian was raised in the rural King Weston district in the parish of St. Andrew by his Christian mother Pauline and his Rastafarian father, Basil. Neither parent dictated their son's spiritual path but both encouraged his musical talent; thus Gyptian, who earned his nickname because he often wrapped shirts around his head in the style of an Egyptian pharaoh, sang at his mother's Sunday morning church services and at the Saturday night dances promoted by his father who owned the Sugar Stone sound system.

Gyptian's musical ambitions brought him to reggae's epicenter, Kingston, where he was introduced to legendary guitarist/producer Earl "Chinna" Smith and together they created a version of "Serious Times" in 1999, which was never released. He returned to King Weston and took a break from music but before long, he was referred to a studio owned by producer/talent scout Ravin Wong located in the Kingston suburb of Portmore. Wong had a proven track record of transforming aspiring young talents, such as Portmore based sing-jay I Wayne, into hit making artists. Under Wong's guidance, Gyptian began performing at various stage shows and talent contests; he won the 2004 Portmore Star Search competition and the top prize included a performance slot at the December 2004 staging of Sting, Jamaica's premier dancehall concert. Renowned for attracting an audience that, when warranted, will express their displeasure with artists' performances by bottling, that is, throwing bottles, cups or other objects at an unwelcomed act, Gyptian, despite his fledgling status, was not intimidated. "To be frank, I wondered what I was doing there," Gyptian laughingly recalled. "It was difficult. I knew I wouldn't get a forward (an audience's call for an encore) but from a long time music is what me love so me just struggle through it."

For Gyptian's fans of the past five years the "Hold You" album represents a further maturation of his immense talents; for those who have just become acquainted with his music through the steady radio play of his hit single, the album demonstrates a sophisticated incorporation of the diversified influences comprising his distinctive brand of modern Jamaican music. "It's all about putting spice in your life," notes Gyptian. "With music you can't just stick to one sound you have to pick and choose to satisfy the largest fan base and that's what I have done because right now it is all about advancing my career."

Born Arita Rachel Edmund, October 23, 1991, in the scenic Caribbean twin-island of Trinidad & Tobago, ARITA could always be found, as a young girl, constantly singing and entertaining her family. "She will perform for millions one day", her grandfather often exclaimed -- "she is the one"! Today, twenty years later, billed by media as "a refreshing take on music and the rising star to watch", this positive, multi-talented, charismatic young woman is indeed a rising star.

As Hype Magazine recently wrote, ARITA is "Described by many as Beyoncé mixed with Rihanna and a touch of Whitney Houston wrapped in island style." This is because her voice is a mesmerizing, soulful blend of contemporary with vintage, carrying any genre to pitches far and wide and superseding age, class and culture. Her beauty is a charming reflection of her mixed heritage and her passion, talent and mission through music.

ARITA is now, in addition to being a recording artist, a popular TV personality on the Caribbean's leading TV Network, TEMPO. In 2018, she releases her highly anticipated Debut album, "LOVE SICK", fusing her sexy Caribbean swag with international beats and a new, fresh, original and captivating vibe. The album has 15 amazing tracks, produced by Grammy award winning writers & producers and collaborations with hip hop Legends, Doitall "Chief Rocker" (Lords of the Underground), Doug E. Fresh and legendary dancehall artist, Cham.

With hometown and Caribbean-wide popularity, numerous press & media accolades and an amazing team, this strikingly beautiful, multi-talented artist, musician, model, actress, TV Host/Personality is poised to breakout internationally and, with the release of her debut album, is gearing up for an amazing 2018. "I wish to be a blessing to all those with whom I am privileged to share my music and talent and hopefully make a positive difference in their lives, says ARITA".

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