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About Progress and the Rebel Alliance:

Progress’s music is a reflection of his life experiences and his faith. Born in Barbados, he was influenced by the reggae that surrounded him. It was something about the positive message and the driving, pulsating rhythm of the bass that hypnotized him from a young age. Progress started performing in his teens, doing local shows throughout the island. His music began getting attention due to his aggressive style and socially conscious message, which in turn had him being featured on several local compilations and gaining radio play.

Leaving Barbados in the '90s, Progress moved to Canada where he developed his signature sound, energetic dancehall vocals over a heavy drum and bass roots-reggae style, accented by blues guitar rifts and pulsating keyboards. Progress flourished in Canada, becoming a finalist in the nationally televised Canadian Reggae Star competition as well as having his music featured in TV shows and documentaries. Progress toured extensively throughout Canada and the US as well as having performances in the Caribbean and West Africa. These tours enabled him to share the stage with artists like Erica Badu, Beres Hammond, Common, Frankie Paul, Maxi Priest and many more.

Progress has taken everything he has learned from these experiences and put them into the creation and release of Making Progress. The album's first single, “Sunshine,” received rave reviews throughout the Caribbean, South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Germany and North America. Due to the overwhelming response to “Sunshine,” Progress wrote a script and produced a video for it, currently on rotation on MTV Africa, Much Vibe, Tempo and RETV. The second single, “I Know,” has been prospering on the local reggae charts and was ranked as the #2 Canadian reggae song by the award-winning Rebel Vibez show on 105.5 CHRY radio.

Progress's third single, "Free" was ranked #3 by Rebel Vibez Top 10 chart. In July 2011, Progress made history when he was invited by Donisha Prendergast, Bob Marley’s granddaughter, to headline Caribana’s first ever Rasta Float.

Progress’s live show is one of the most energetic and dynamic in Canada, and after years of honing his skills, he's ready to take the listener on a journey through a musical landscape, letting them enter his world of love and struggle.

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SoundClash Shortlisted Artist Progress and the Rebel Alliance


Molten lava. Raging storm. Earthquake. These words are synonymous with the high-energy reggae style of this Barbados-born, Toronto-based artist.

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