Fortunate Youth, Josh Heinrichs w/ For Peace Band, Iya Terra, Chris Morphis Art
Josh Heinrichs is a stalwart in the American and worldwide reggae community. Beginning his own reggae band, Jah Roots, in Springfield, Missouri in 2001 as well as forming his own record label, GanJah Records with his wife, Kaytee. Josh wrote and recorded 5 albums with his former band, Jah Roots, and gained a loyal independent following via Myspace and a tireless touring schedule from 2005-2009. Josh left Jah Roots in 2009 to pursue a solo career and work on blossoming his label and helping other local reggae artists get their music out. Since starting his solo career, he has released, six, Top 10 debuting albums of his own as well as 3 other artists(SkillinJah, 77 Jefferson & Lance Sitton) albums all to Top 10 releases on his label, GanJah Records. On March 26th, 2013 Josh's EP "Rooftop Session" was the 1st of any of his albums to officially debut at #1 on the iTunes Reggae Charts and at #2 on Billboards Top Selling Reggae albums chart and on March 11th 2016 his newest effort 'Good Vibes' officially debuted at #1 on the Billboard, iTunes & Amazon Reggae charts. As a solo artist, Josh has toured the entire USA coast to coast multiple times and has performed 5 Hawaiian tours.
In 2015, Josh performed sold out tour dates in Florida, Arizona, California and Co-Headlined the 1st Annual Trenchfest Reggae Fest on the island of Guam alongside Iration, Fortunate Youth and The Green. Over the years Josh has shared the stage along the way with headline acts like Bob Marley's children(Ziggy,Stephen, Damian,etc...), SOJA, Slightly Stoopid and many more. Josh has made numerous appearances at music festivals all over the USA, Guam and Hawaii from 4 appearances at The largest Reggae festival in USA, California Roots to Wakarusa, Summercamp, Gathering of the Vibes, Reggae In The Hills, Austin,TX Reggae Fest and many more as well as hosting his own Springfield,MO Reggae Fests annually every year which has welcomed acts like SOJA, Junior Marvin of Bob Marley and The Wailers, Marlon Asher, Natty Vibes, Fortunate Youth and many more to Springfield, Missouri to come perform with Josh in his hometown where he still resides. With all these accolades, years of touring and constantly promoting positive Reggae music through out the world. Josh's form of Reggae music and message remain a constant driving force behind the current reggae scene, worldwide.
For Peace Band is a roots/rock/reggae musical group based on the Island of Guam. Formed in 2011, current members include Jacob “JC” Iosia (vocals/keyboards), Freddy Bordallo (vocals/drums), Ronald “RJ” Pereira (guitar/backing vocals) and Danton Cruz (bass).
For Peace Band released their first album in 2014, "Forwards Ever," which reached top 10 Reggae Albums on iTunes on its first week. The following year, the group released their "Feel This" EP. They won consecutive titles for 2014 Best Original Song and 2015 Best Reggae Band at the Island Music Awards. Their sophomore album, "Always Love," is currently in production and scheduled for 2016 release.
In addition, For Peace Band has also been blessed to share the stage with other talented international artists such as Katchafire, Sons of Zion, Ooklah the Moc, House of Shem, Magic!, Martin Campbell, Shaggy, The Green, Tribal Seeds, Josh Heinrichs, SkillinJah, Peni Dean (formerly of Natural Vibrations) and many more. The group’s musical mission is promoting peace and love with their original music worldwide. They have toured in the U.S. and Palau.
As the genre of Reggae music is continuously evolving, Los Angeles, California, based Iya Terra has found a way to take the messages of traditional Roots-Reggae and seamlessly mash them up in a today version. The young group of musicians have chosen the name Iya Terra, meaning “Higher Ground,” as the launching pad to create positive, conscious music while spreading messages of anti-establishment, simple living, and a healthy lifestyle. Their modern approach to the music, high-energy performances and full sound add a new dimension to traditional Reggae that appeals to an audience of all ages, opening the doors for them to be labeled as one of today’s leaders in the “New Roots” movement.
Lead guitarist and vocalist, Nathan Feinstein and bassist Nick Loporchio, began their musical journey to spread a conscious message to the masses in Los Angeles when inspired by the sounds of the Roots music in South Bay and San Diego. Since then, the band has gone on to add longtime friend, Luis Tovar on keys in the spring of 2014, while also acquiring drummer, Blake Bartz, in the fall. Most recently, the band completed their current lineup with Nick Sefakis joining on rhythm guitar in March of 2015.
The band’s first recorded release consisted of a 6 song self-titled EP that dropped in the spring of 2014. After receiving a great response and several requests to put out more music, Iya Terra released their first full-length album, “Full Circle,” on April 14th, 2015. Produced and engineered by the award winning, JP Hesser, the 10-song album debuted at #4 on the iTunes Reggae Charts and #12 on the Billboard Reggae Charts. Recorded at Castaway 7 Studios in Ventura, California, “Full Circle” is host to several special guest appearances by some of the hottest rising stars in the modern Reggae scene.
In their brief time together, Iya Terra has also had the honor of sharing the stage with some of today’s biggest Reggae artists, both old and new, such as Barrington Levy, Black Uhuru, Yellow Man, Tarrus Riley, Easy Star All Stars, Alborosie, Ky-Mani Marley, Julian Marley, Marlon Asher, Matisyahu, Common Kings, Proteje, Nahko, Collie Buddz, The Green, Pepper, The Expanders, Arise Roots, House of Shem, Stick Figure, John Browns Body and many more.
Born in Houston, TX in 1982, Chris always felt unique.
Through meditative analysis and by practicing self control he learned to channel his energy directly into the artwork he creates. Often the energy of the atmosphere and those around him affect his art the most. Chris uses painting as a form of meditation that creates a physical manifestation of his conscious and subconscious thoughts.
He had used this ability to create a seamless entertainment experience during lives concerts since 2010.
Chris has worked with many respected bands in nearly every genre, from the mod intimate venue to amphitheaters filled with thousands. The one constant is that each artist, each band, and each performing artist has encouraged an open mind and making a positive change.
Morphis Art Collective, A community meditation and art group, has also been in existence since 2010, expanding into various workshops at events and festivals nationwide. His focus moving forward in the future will be to inspire others to use their gifts to create a career or to innovate entertainment.