Grammy Award Winner ~
~ 3 Time Juno Award Winner
A REAL STAR
There are many ways to describe Carl Harvey, but unique, talented, and charismatic are just a start. There is one word that ties them all together and is true to his character: Carl Harvey is Real. Many people consider Carl Harvey to be one of the top half-dozen reggae guitarists of all time. However, thats only scratching the surface of the man and his music. Add to that his excellent ear for soundscape and overall creative vision matching that of a master producer and engineer.
He's a familiar face to millions of people, yet only truly known by those who know.. Until now.
BORN TO PERFORM
Born in Jamaica, Carl Harvey moved to Toronto, Canada with his family at a young age. Inspired by Jimi Hendrix in those early days, he picked up the guitar and Tuba at just 13 years of age. Years later, Carl has 3 Juno Awards and a Grammy to his name.
Carl Harvey's career in music spans over four decades, from the 70's when he recorded with reggae immortals such as Jackie Mittoo, King Tubby and Prince Jammy, a decade which for Harvey culminated with Willi Williams' international smash record Messenger Man and his own first solo album Ecstasy of Mankind, which has become a much sought-after collectors item.
During that time, Carl Harvey joined Crack of Dawn, Canada's seminal black funk band that has recently reunited for several concerts and an album.
In 1980, he joined the literal originators of the word reggae, Toots & The Maytals. 33 years later, the band remains one of the top touring reggae bands in the world and have released 30 albums, Harvey, being on more than 15 of them including 2004's Best Reggae Album Grammy Award-winning, True Love.
Today the band has become older and wiser after thirty-eight years since they first came together – Crack of Dawn, pioneers in the dawn of funk music in Canada and are now hotter than ever. Fast forward to 2017, the band has completed a new album "Spotlight". It's been said that this album is some of their best work to date, hitting top of the charts in two continents and captures that youthful spirit.
Carl Harvey has shared the stage with some of the world's most popular artists including The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crow: headlining stages such as Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, WOMAD, Reggae on the River, Fuji Rock, SummerJam along with hundreds of others worldwide.
Harveys solo album, The Times, has recieved wide ranging critical aclaim as well.
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A unique creation by the man himself, Carl Harvey designed and crafted this electric guitar with himself, other top guitarists, and the customer in mind.
Smooth sound, maximum comfort and a slick design make the Rastacasta the guitar to have.