With a voice and style reminiscent of classic reggae, this Evansville, Indiana, artist fuses roots music and spoken word to spread a message of love, hope, unity, and peace. Zion has been a crowd favorite in the local Will Read and Sing for Food series. Born in the small village (population 1,288) of La Plaine in rural Dominica West Indies, Zion was shaped at an early age by experiences that taught him perseverance, endurance, and spiritual empowerment. “While everyone my age used to listen to popular music for younger audiences, I was drawn to conscientious reggae music. I never really chose to do music—it was just inside of me. Once I learned to play the guitar as a teenager, it was a natural thing,” he states.
Since emigrating to the United States when he was 18, Zion’s music has spread from the Caribbean to the southern and midwestern states. He has performed at the Texas Summer Music Conference and The Hip Hop Action Summit Network and has received a “Best New Artist Award” from Thompson’s Productions. In 2009, the company invited him to perform a tour with Joseph Israel and Ziggy Marley in Hawaii. Zion caught the attention of the producers of New York’s premiere outdoor reggae festival Irie Jamboree in 2005—and was invited back in 2006. He was the sole roots artist invited by Dancehall legend, Bounty Killer, to perform at the New York launch of Saddle to the East in 2006. That same year Zion formed a band called Zion and The Lion Roots Band.
Zion has opened up for a number of national and international artists including The Wailers Band and Mighty Diamonds in 2012, Luciano and Junior Reid in 2014, Ras Shiloh in 2015, and Warrior King in 2016. In addition to performing with Ziggy Marley, he has also recorded songs at Bob Marley's legendary Tuff Gong Studio in Jamaica.