Helen Rogers

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Helen Rogers began singing with reggae label One Stop Music in 1981, singing with musicians who evolved into No.1 reggae band Natural Touch…

She then become frontwoman with Direct Drive alongside the likes of Paul Hardcastle, going on to acheive No.1 status in the Black Echoes Soul Charts with the track ‘Anything’. The band signed to Polydor Records & crossed over to the UK National chart. She then made many recordings with fellow reggae artist Black Steel, including the Jamaican hit ‘Tracks of My Tears’, a cover of the Smokey Robinson classic.

Helen continued to work with Pete Quinton of Direct Drive, singing on his songs ‘Shifting Sands & Half Chances’, which featured in the movie Sammy & Rosie Get Laid.  Throughout the 90’s & into the 2000’s Helen became known as the voice of The Jazzmasters, Hardcastle’s award winning project. She co-wrote with Paul & provided lead & backing vocals for five Jazzmasters albums, as well as many tracks on Paul’s eponymous solo project.

Artist-Page-ImageIn 2008 Helen released an EP of original songs called ‘Eyes Like Midnight‘ & in 2009 a collaboration with bass player Fil Jones resulted in a song they wrote together called ‘Luxury Of Time’ which hit the No.1 spot on CD Baby’s Jazz, Jazz Funk & Urban charts.

Direct Drive have recently reformed & have released the original & remixed versions of their club hit ‘Pass The Paper’. The follow-ups a brand new song called ‘Latin Satin’ currently featured on the Soulchoonz show & making waves throughout the soul music world both sides of the Atlantic.

As well as returning to her much loved Lovers Rock beginnings & recording an album with producer Lindel Lewis, she also gave a very impressive afternoon performance at Summer Soulstice 2012 with a string of sing-a-long tunes for the Soulstice crowd  to enjoy.

Since then, Helen released a solo album in 2015 called ‘Smooth Jazz Meets Reggae’ US independent reggae label Skinny Bwoy & included the single ‘In the Light’.

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