Born in the garden parish of St Ann, Busy Signal - born Reanno Gordon - started singing hymns at his Mother's church, which is where he received his first encore. When church was over, Reanno would sit on the corner with his friends and flip the devotional lyrics, until his Mother's guiding hand cautioned him for altering the Lord's songs.
Reanno continued performing at school, beating his fists in time on his desk and deejaying Bounty Killer's songs (he claims to know all of Bounty's lyrics) before progressing to his own material. Since stepping out onto the dancehall scene in 2003, Busy Signal's undeniable talent and lyrical dexterity has taken him quickly to the front of the pack.
Busy's breakout hit single - "Step Out" - was one of dancehall's hottest songs for 2005 and with a thugged-out video to match, it signalled the arrival of dancehall's next superstar.Busy Signal, an alias given to him by a friend because of his constantly busy persona, has always approached his craft from a different perspective, not trodding the usual road of trying to voice on every rhythm out there to try and catch a break.
Instead, Busy chose to record songs with concepts attached to them on purpose-built rhythms. The first such track to catch the attention of a wider audience was "Born and Raised", a song in which Busy Signal reps his birthplace and narrates the gritty realities of Jamaica.
"Even though I was an unknown artist and there was no-one else on the riddim," says Busy, "the track got good airtime which encouraged me to keep doing what I was doing. Producers don't want to give young artists a break more time, so young artists can get stifled.
I just work hard on putting creative flows and melodies together and so far people have been feeling it." Already with a big following worldwide, Busy doesn't see his music as stopping in Jamaica. A slew of Busy Signal mix CDs flooded the streets from Halfway Tree to Brixton to Flatbush and beyond, creating and spreading the hype that lead to Busy being the strongest young artist to emerge from 2005.
Busy's self-production and businesslike approach to the industry has seen him already launch his own label, Network Records. The first releases, "Tell Santa Dis" and "Where I'm From" are distributed worldwide and are selling well.
Although Busy didn't rely on familiar rhythms and producers for a break, he has no problem recording for other labels, such as Renaissance, for whom Busy recorded "Not Going Down," showcasing his singing and deejaying abilities.
Other tracks from Busy include "Because of You," with Tami Chin on the Throwback Giggy beat, "That Bad," and "Pharmacy" for Don Corleon, "Fade Away" for John John and "Too Much Gun," which sees Busy in explosive form, delivering rapid fire lyrics atop the reworked Man Fi Dead (Petty Thief) soundbed.
The end of 2005 saw Busy Signal garner immense critical success from show-stealing appearances on all the major stage shows across Jamaica, including the Smirnoff Experience alongside Sean Paul, Bobby Valentino and others, as well as Island Explosion, Camp Fire and West Kingston Jamboree.
And of course there was the already-legendary debut appearance at 6.45am on the toughest stage in the world - the infamous Sting reggae concert. Busy stepped out in the rising sun adorned in full black and underlined why he is here to stay.
2006 has seen no ease up in Busy's momentum, with a headline grabbing performance at Reggae Sumfest 2006, where he performed solo on Dancehall Night and was also called up by G Unit on International Night.
With successful tours of the UK, the Caribbean and Japan already knocked down and with Step Out breaking new ground on the esteemed Billboard chart, Busy is already being heralded as a new icon in the business.
Frequently Asked Questions
BOOKING Busy Signal
How to book Busy Signal?Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Busy Signal for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at AAE Music represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire musicians, bands, or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Busy Signal, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Busy Signal or any other artist of your choice.
How much does it cost to book Busy Signal?Booking fees for Busy Signal, or any other artist, singer, or celebrity, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of the performance, and the location of the event. Booking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Busy Signal, please fill out our booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
Who is the agent for Busy Signal?AAE Music has successfully secured celebrity talent like Busy Signal for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service artist booking agency, we have access to virtually any artist, singer, or performer in the world. Our artist booking agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the musician or band of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Busy Signal for your next private or corporate event.
What is a full-service talent booking agency?AAE Music, the music division of speaker bureau and celebrity booking agency All American Entertainment, acts as a "buyers agent" in the artist booking process. We exclusively represent talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure an artist, musician, band, or musical duo for performances, personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Busy Signal or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Busy Signal or any other artist or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please visit How We Work.
Busy Signal performs dance, reggae music and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, or other music performances. The estimated booking fee range to book Busy Signal for your event, Please Contact. Busy Signal has more than 146.3K listeners worldwide and really knows how to entertain your audience. Similar artists are Demarco, Vybz Kartel, Aidonia, Romain Virgo, Bugle, Tarrus Riley, Mr. Vegas, Jah Vinci, Gyptian, Chronixx . Contact AAE Music agency for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Busy Signal for an upcoming event.
This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of popular musicians and bands to consider for performances at corporate events, fundraising galas, or university events. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.
All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any artist or celebrity on this site. AAE Music is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.
If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.