SongVault Artist Profile
London, United Kingdom
Reggae / Rock
Lenny Deneb, a St. Lucian born singer/songwriter, has been described by the music press as exciting, impressive and intelligent in his writing.
Lenny's brand of reggae music has been described as reggae-rock, bringing together the styles of Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, Peter Tosh and the rock influences of U2, Bruce Springsteen, the Police, Radiohead, Ocean Colour Scene, Maroon 5, Lenny Kravitz and R.E.M.
Having spent the period between 1998 to the present residing, traveling and working between St. Lucia and London, releasing his debut album �From The sanctuary,� as well as nurturing a number of young St. Lucian talents namely PCL Krew and One 2 One, and receiving a nomination for Producer of the Year at the first annual St. Lucia Music Awards; Lenny continued the journey of refining the reggae�rock fusion and in November 2008 his sound was discovered on the Sonicbids website by W.O.A International and signed him to a management and marketing deal for India and the Middle East.
�Signing on this artist was a very easy decision for the A&R division due to the high energy and infectious music they make�, says W.O.A International Marketing Director Wanda Alvares. �Lenny joins ranks with the select few top notch reggae rock acts that are now with W.O.A Records.�
The first product coming out of this partnership is the release of Lenny�s new single �Settle The Score� and the accompanying promo video in India and the Middle East by W.O.A Records.
At the age of ten years Lenny migrated to England from St. Lucia, West Indies. Those early years were difficult learning to cope with the life changes and a new environment. As part of his coping mechanism, Lenny would frequent the local youth and community center affectionately known as 'Saxon' and this is where his love of music was first aroused, and his first music outfit Cygnus (name checked by Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols/PIL as one of his favourite bands at the time) was formed and later signed to Greensleaves Records now part of VP Records.
Cygnus released two singles for Greensleaves namely 'Babylon (you've got to set Jah children free) and a cover version of the Peter Noone hit 'Silhouettes'. These two songs brought the band immediate success, which brought the band media attention through the Echoes, Melody Maker, Sounds Magazine, Caribbean Times, West Indian World and The Jamaican Gleaner and also from reggae disc-jockey David Rodigan.
Building on this success Cygnus received a licensing deal through Barclay Records in France and Silhouettes was included on a compilation album released by Barclay in the French territories. This success brought more exposure and the band toured France, Holland, Ireland, Norway (Cygnus played Oslo before groups like Steel Pulse and Aswad) and Finland. John Holt and Errol Dunkley requested the band's services on a number of tour dates. The band then followed this with some studio work with Jamaican producer John Rubie releasing two singles for Rubie�s Freedom Sounds label namely ' It's not hard' and a cover version of McFadden & Whitehead's 'Ain't no stopping us now', as well as providing the music for Jackie Dale (a stalwart of Rubie's). The pinnacle of the band's career came in early 1980 when Cygnus appeared on live French TV with Jimmy Cliff
As a solo artiste, in 1987 Lenny released three songs for his own LED Records, the third single 'Who or what turns you on' made record of the week in the Echoes music paper and recently turned up on the Discog website as a collector's record. Following this Lenny recorded a zouk-soca song for another London based Jamaican producer named Bill Campbell titled 'Shakedown Suzanne'. Lenny also wrote 'Standing in the rain' for Judy Boucher, the song appearing on her album 'A new way to say I love you' and he has also worked closely with Dominican producer Lindel Lewis and guitarist JJ Belle of Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Arrow, Judie Tzuke, Phil Collins, Bob Marley fame.
Purchase 'From the Sanctuary' CD