The journey of most artists is usually a long and windy road of creative exploration, inspiration, disappointments and struggles. Whenever an artist embarks on his/her journey, they are always clueless as to what the ultimate outcome will be. It is on them to always remain steadfast even when faced with the harshest obstacles and ups, and downs. The artist who does this, will ultimately shine, and become contented with their accomplishments...
After 30 years in the music industry, Ultimate Shines has remained true to himself and his calling. His career and personal life is a book with quite alot of chapters, with each being very vital to his musical journey. Shines started his musical career at a very tender age back in 1983, under the name “Blacka Shines”, and quite enviably, Shines had his first record released in the UK.
Since then, Shines moved on to record for JR Production and collaborated with Spragga Benz on the track “Gang Rival” for Capitol Records‘s “Uncommonly Smooth” project. This project also included the legendary Ben. E King. He also worked with Downsound Records label back in 2000 joining the likes of DYCR, Fantan Mojah and Nanko.
Shines major breakthrough came at the hands of “Call On Jah”, his track on the Zion Gate Riddim produced by Lion Paw, which also featured Warrior King’s breakthrough hit “Virtuos Woman”. After recording this track, Ultimate Shines’s demand grew significantly and he was featured on numerous Jamaican, Canadian and US Reggae charts. This later led to the release of his debut album “Teach Dem” which was produced by Builders Music and Lenworth Campbell.
The release of his debut album helped to propel him into an international market, gaining him bookings in Canada, USA, the Caribbean and across Jamaica; sharing stages with the likes of Shaggy, Barrington Levy, Maxi Priest, Richie Spice, Thriller U and Singing Melody.
Everything seemed to be progressing very well for Ultimate Shines until 2010 happens; a year that heralded Shines’s toughest period yet. Without management, a dwindling income from music and becoming a husband and a father, it became extremely difficult for Shines to support his family while investing in his music career. Hence Shines made the ultimate decision, to pause music, and pick up odd jobs to ensure he can support his family. Throughout this very low point of his life, everyday Shines remained optimistic that he will one day be able to resume his music career.
Then in 2012, he had his heart desire. He was discovered by emerging record producer Trevor “Ace” of J Island Records who decided to provide him with free studio sessions and a band to create his return album, “Conscious Reggae Music”. for which Shines single handedly penned eleven songs .
“Conscious Reggae Music” was released in October 2013 to rave reviews.