Visionary AKA Michael Thompson Bio
Visionary by definition means: a person with a clear, distinctive, and specific vision of the future. Complimented by a radio personality as being, “An artist to watch” and “The next big artist out of Canada!” - Michael Thompson was born in High Gate, St. Catherine in Jamaica. This musician is able to bring the father’s words to light by expressing the vivid visions presented to him through inspirational lyrics and an angelic voice; earning him the name Visionary. On Saturday February 22, 2014, Vision for Life Productions launched the Official Studio One tribute album of multi-talented and award winning recording artist Visionary. The sensational Singer/Songwriter/Author put on dynamic performance, on stage delivering hit after hit, leaving the capacity crowd wanting more
This “Grassroots” album project has really meant a lot to me.
I consider it a great honor and privilege to be asked by Veteran Sound System owner Mr. Victor “Tipper” Henry of Tipper Tone Music to embark on this great project in tribute of Studio One also on the team was 3 time Grammy award-winning Barry O’Hare, and producer Ernie of Reflex Studio. In between writing and singing uplifting music, this musician has also written his first book entitled “The Hidden Agenda of Reggae Music”.
Visionary’s undoubted passion for producing authentic sounds has rewarded him with 3 nominations in 2008, and 2 nominations in 2009 by the Canadian Reggae Music Awards, and on Saturday September 22, 2012 Visionary received Top Male Singer Award for 2011-2012 at Uprising Entertainment Productions “Youth in Progress Talent Award Showcase”. This talented singer has recorded numerous singles and in 2005 Visionary released an EP called “Look to the Hills”, which garnered many positive reviews. This led to the greatly anticipated full-length debut album “Brace Yourself” issued in 2007, which was produced by Studio One legend Willi Williams. The album received rave reviews from the press and on radio stations in Africa, The United States, Jamaica , and Canada which significantly broadened Visionary’s fan base on a global scale.
Visionary has entertained countless crowds of fans over the years in Guadeloupe, Antigua, Puerto Rico, and The United States. His journeys have opened up opportunities for him to perform at major cultural events such as: Canada 's top international Reggae festivals in Toronto , Montreal and Calgary ; as well as Caribana, Jamaica Day, Miss Black Canada World, Miss Ghana , Miss Trinidad and Tobago , and the Canadian Reggae Music Awards. Some of the luminary artists Visionary has had the honour to share the stage with are: Maxi Priest, Beres Hammond, Third World, Dobby Dobson, Prince Buster, Willi Williams, George Nooks, R&B crooner Regina Belle and Dorothy Moore. At an early age Michael’s talent was recognized and propelled his journey, along with his four siblings they formed a gospel vocal quintet with a roots feel called ‘The Heavenly Charmers’. The group did exceptionally well, performing at various churches and events in Jamaica until Visionary went solo and moved on to the Edna Manley College for the Visual & Performing Arts where he received an exchange student musical scholarship to Temple University in Philadelphia , and focused on the piano and vocal programs. While studying, he worked as an art therapist with delinquent children at the West Philadelphia Consortium. Upon leaving Philadelphia, Visionary migrated to Canada and began a new journey in writing and recording stimulating music. Visionary aspires to continue to write influential lyrics, he intends to share his melodious, conscious, and relevant music to listeners worldwide. Visionary always aims to grow through discipline, experiences, and humility to remain an inspiration for everyone who hears his music. With a strong management team, Visionary has great support around him to assist him in the education of the nation through his music, and build a much stronger foundation of fans throughout Canada, Jamaica, and the world at large.
Vision For Life Productions
J Lewis 1~416~315~2952
Ras Newby 1~416~697~2460
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