is a Reggae singer/songwriter, born Gregory Anthony Isaacs on 15 July
1950 in Fletchers Land, Kingston, Jamaica, and is known as “The Cool
Ruler” for his seductive crooning vocal style. Gregory attributes his
greatest musical influences to R&B greats Sam Cooke and Percy
Sledge, in addition to Delroy Wilson, Alton Ellis and Ken Boothe.
In the late 1960’s, Gregory first performed in a vocal trio called The Concords, after being encouraged by Byron Lee; but 1970 the group had split up and the singer songwriter would form his own imprint, African Museum.
In the late 1970s, he emerged as one of the most prolific and popular recording artists in Jamaica. He released a number of self-produced singles on his own African Museum (JA) label with Errol Dunkley. Much of Isaacs’ output reflected the ‘conscious’ themes of Roots Reggae, but Isaacs was equally adept at interpreting more mainstream Lovers Rock material. Early hits include “My Only Lover”, “Sinner Man” and “Mr. Cop”, recorded at Lee Perry’s Black Ark Studio.
A period in the 1970s with the GG’s label and its producer Alvin Ranglin produced hits like “Border” and “Number One”.
Personal problems affected him, particularly battles with a cocaine addiction and possession charge; which prevented him from touring in North America for the a significant part of his career, until a pardon could eventually be secured.