Christopher, Richard and Norman, and Cortland the founding members of GULLIBANQUE
Entered the world of Reggae music on the North Coast of Jamaica and made their
group known by playing in places such as Couple and Sandals Resort.
Paul Campbell, who is a famous Jamaican actor and also once the manager of Couples Resort in Ocho Rios Jamaica, promoted the group GULIBANQUE in Kingston
Jamaica, in 1988. and the addition of Merle Gayle in 1992, GULLIBANQUE has established a distinguishable reputation that is international in scope. With the inspiration of the Honorable Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley, With a solid foundation of achievements such as: JAMI awards for Best Female Vocalist, Martins International Reggae/World Beat Awards (IRAWMA) for Best Band Best Female Vocalist and Best Bass Player, Gullibanque has proved that with their positive vibe, skillful artistry and powerful messages they are definitely mainstays in the reggae music industry.
The most recent members of the band Nigel Shaw and Orlando Johnson along with Courtland White have many accolades behind their name. They have played along with famous musicians such as the Abbysinians, Black Uhuru, Ini Kamozi, Mighty Diamonds, Junior Kelly, Warrior King, Max Romio and Abijah, just to name a few. GULLIBANQUE continues to spread their musical talent in Jamaica, Chicago and around the world. Reggae fans hail GULLIBANQUE to be one of the hottest Reggae groups in Jamaica today.
ABOUT US BIOGRAPHY
GulliMusic, Inc. is managed by 4 talented musicians who were inspired by the late great “Robert Nester Marley” and are driven to keep the authentic roots feel in Reggae music. Gullibanque will be the first artiste debuting on their label with their signature sound called “progressive reggae”. Reggae music over the years has been captivating the world and GulliMusic has the real traditional Jamaican sound that is going to create a world wide GulliMusic has the real traditional Jamaican sound that is going to create a world wide impact amongst the reggae lovers. GulliMusic is going to bring to the world a piece of the Jamaican musical culture that everyone can enjoy and appreciate.
Lead Vocalist/ Writer
Merle Gayle, a well-known Jamaican singer, has performed professionally since 1980. Merle started her career at the age of 16, when she began singing Gospel music in churches throughout Jamaica. Merle performed as a Gospel singer for 14 years. She sang back up and lead vocals for such artists as: Carlene Davis, Grace Thrillers, David Keane and The Sunshine Singers. In 1986, Merle joined The Nicholson Singers and performed Reggae Gospel music for churches and non-profit religious organizations. In 1990, Merle became the lead singer of GULLIBANQUE, performing at places such as China Club and Excalibur. With a solid foundation of achievements, she has been awarded numerous awards such as: JAMI award for Best Female vocalist in Jamaica, and the Best Female Vocalist at the Thirteenth Annual Martin’s International Reggae Music Awards. Merle continued making special guest appearances at The Wild Hare, and with Zeleke. She too extended her talents to include writing lyrics for the up-coming GULLIBANQUE CD, “GRASS Roots”.
Bass Player/ Producer
Christopher Nicholson began performing in 1986 with The Nicholson Singers in Jamaica. Their unique blend of Gospel and Reggae music became a hit. They toured Jamaica, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the U.S. earning an international reputation.Christopher has backed other artists such as: Jesse Dixson, Derryl Coley, and numerous Jamaican artists such as: Tinga Stewart, Dennis Brown, Ken Booth, Ruddy Thomas, Frankie Paul, Buju Banton, Yellow Man, Lady G, Sister Charmaine, Trevor Roper, Lord Lawro, Calypso Rose, Flower Gun, and Peter Metro, just to name a few. He previously led the group GULLIBANQUE in its U.S. engagements and also with the recording of their hit single, “Feel The Need”. Christopher’s honors include winning The Best Bass Player award at the Thirteenth Annual Martin’s International Reggae Music Awards. Other accomplishments Christopher has achieved are: toured with the U.N.I. Band, assistant producer of “Out of Africa” the second CD by Zeleke, producer of the CD, played bass on the CD “Simone”, by Nina Simone’s daughter, the former star of “Rent”, and did guest performances with her.
Richard Nicholson began playing music in church at the age of seventeen. He performed with The Nicholson Singers during their tours in Jamaica, Guantanamo Bay, and the U.S.Richard played drums for other Reggae entertainers such as: Tinga Stewart, Dennis Brown, Ken Booth, Ruddy Thomas, Frankie Paul, Buju Banton, Yellow Man, Lady G, Sister Charmaine, Trevor Roper, Lord Lawro, Calypso Rose, Flower Gun, and Peter Metro, just to name a few. Richard toured the U.S. as a member of GULIBANQUE and assisted in the recording of their hit single “GRASS ROOTS”.Richard continued his career by touring with the U.N.I. Band, assistant producer of the second CD “Out of Africa” by Zeleke.