Horace Andy, born Horace Hinds, February 19, 1951,is a Jamaican roots reggae songwriter and singer, known for his distinctive vocals and hit songs such as “Government Land”,”Angel” and “Five Man Army” with English trip hop duo Massive Attack. He is famous for his tremendous cover of the single, “Ain’t No Sunshine”. Andy is often described as one of the most respected and influential singers in Jamaica.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Hinds recorded his first single, “This is a Black Man’s Country,” in 1967for producerPhil Pratt.He successfully auditioned on his own at Coxsone Dodd’s, Studio One and Dodd decided Hinds should record as Horace Andy for his musical career. “Got To Be Sure”, the song he had auditioned with, became his first release for Studio One. One of Andy’s most enduring songs, “Skylarking went on to top the Jamaican chart. The next few years saw Andy regularly in the reggae charts with further singles for Dodd such as “Something on My Mind”, “Love of a Woman”, “Just Say Who”, and “Every Tongue Shall Tell”, as well as singles for other producers such as “Lonely Woman”.
The veteran artiste has a catalogue of hits and has in recent years performed for fans on the Welcome to Jamrock Cruise. His songs include:
Skylarking(1972) Studio One
You Are My Angel(1973) Trojan
Earth Must Be Hell(1974) Atra (withWinston Jarrett) aka The Kingston Rock
Earth Must Be Hell –Dub(1974) Atra (with Winston Jarrett)
In The Light(1977) Hungry Town
Natty Dread a Weh She Want(1980) New Star
Unity Showcase(1981) Pre (withErrol Scorcher)
Dance Hall Style(1982)WackiesakaExclusively(1982) Solid Groove
Fresh(1988) Island in the Sun
Shame and Scandal(1988)
Everyday People(1988) Wackies