21 time Award Winning International Recording Artists, Stann Champion’s Roots Rock Society has excited audiences with their “one of a kind” crowd pleasing and captivating performances since 1986. Experience warm joyful exotic rhythms of Calypso, Reggae, Samba plus other tropical roots music of the Caribbean and beyond. Multi-cultural and multi-lingual, RRS’s culturally rich music will reach all ages and backgrounds with songs performed in English, Spanish, French and Swahili. Unique as well as professional with an inclusive sound that you can enjoy and still have a conversation with guest. Actually, RRS sounds like a “Live” CD. Clients such as The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago White Sox, Verizon, WTTW, United Center, The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Lucent Technologies, Chicago History Museum and Chicago Park District have praised RRS for their outstanding contributions. Capture what is so wonderful about Roots Rock Society for yourself.
What You Can Expect To Hear:
Day-O -Harry Belafonte
3 little Birds -Bob Marley
If I had a Hammer -Pete Seeger
Nice Time -Bunny Wailer
Easy Skankin’ -Bob Marley
Harder They Come –Jimmy Cliff
Roots Romance –RRS (heard on over 200 stations worldwide)
J’aime Haiti –RRS (heard on over 200 stations worldwide)
Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore –Traditional
Killer Joe –Benny Golson (Reggae version)
Breezin’ –George Benson (Reggae version)
La Familia –RRS (heard on 250 stations worldwide)
ROOTS ROCK SOCIETY EXPLODES INTO 2009 WITH NEW HONORS
CHICAGO–Chicago World Beat legend Stann Champion, and his band Roots Rock Society, (RRS) have been named “Best Calypso and Soul Calypso Entertainer for 2008” by the 28th Annual Chicago Music Awards held Sunday at Chicago’s Park West Theater.
“We thank the awards committee for this great honor and will use it to launch into a true decade of renaissance for Africa-Diaspora music and culture. We intend to put Chicago on the world map with our unique blend of rhythm and our special approach of reaching out to people where they live – in the communities, in their schools, cultural centers, through parks and recreation and sports venues, colleges, hospitals and houses of worship,” remarked Champion in accepting his 12th Chicago Music Award.
“We are more — than just a band, we are a movement and are committed especially to reaching young people of all cultures and people of need with our messages of mutual respect for one another and learning through music,” he added.
According to Ephraim Martin, Chairman and president of the Chicago Music Awards, “Our objective is to honor and uphold the integrity of all individuals inside Chicago’s music industry, past and present, whether behind the scenes or on stage. Stann Champion and Roots Rock Society help us in our efforts to communicate the historic and vibrant music scene in the Windy City.”
RRS – THE HISTORY
In reflecting back on his career with Starstruck and RRS, Champion, as so many other Americans relates to the path taken by our new president, Barack Obama.
“Much like our new president, I reached a decision point where I could have continued on to a ‘Madison-Avenue’ type of advertising career, or risk the unknown of community-activism by using my talents, and most of all, my drive, to create and advance positive change for the greater community around me,” Champion said, as he strummed the rhythm of his band “Roots Rock Society’s” (RRS’s) latest ode to a better urban world – “La Familia.”
After returning from a recording project at Tuff Gong Studio in Jamaica, his decision to walk away from a successful, Michigan Avenue advertising career working to play a hunch based on his own core values of positive cultural change through a unique blend of Reggae and other world rhythms that promote compassion, tolerance, and the overall uplifting messages passed along from such African-Diaspora giants, as Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Mariam Makeba, Lucky Dube and many others, is finally paying off.
RRS’s music has been heard in 50 American media markets and in nearly 20 countries across the planet, covering all five continents.