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Encyclopedia > Snow (musician)
Snow
Birth name Darrin O'Brien
Born October 30, 1968 (1968-10-30) (age 39)
Origin Canadian flag Toronto, Canada
Genre(s) Reggae, Pop-rap
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instrument(s) Singing, rapping
Years active 1993–present
Label(s) Virgin/EMI
Associated
acts
MC Shan, Marvin Prince, Junior Reid, Ninjaman
Website www.snowontheweb.com

Darrin O'Brien (born October 30, 1968), known by his stage name Snow, is an award-winning Canadian reggae musician from Toronto, Ontario. He is best known for the 1993 number-one hit single "Informer". Look up snow in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... Pop rap (sometimes referred to as hip pop or even hit pop) is the name given to a style of hip hop that has strong pop music influences and vice-versa. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... Rap redirects here. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... Shawn Moltke is an American rapper who uses the stage name MC Shan. ... Junior Reidis a Jamaican reggae singer that is best known as the man that released the hit song One Blood as well as being the man that replaced Michael Rose as lead vocalist with Black Uhuru. ... Ninjaman AKA Don Gorgon(born Desmond John Ballentine on January 20, 1966, in Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica) was a popular dancehall DJ during the late 80s and early 90s. ... is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 107 Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... Informer is a 1993 single by Canadian reggae musician Snow from his debut album 12 Inches of Snow. ...

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Life and work

Snow was born and raised in the North York district of Toronto. For much of his childhood, he lived in the Allenbury Gardens housing projects, and at the age of 16 moved to Ajax, Ontario. North York forms the central part of the northern half of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Public housing describes a form of housing tenure in which the property is owned by a government authority, which may be central or local. ... For other uses, see Ajax. ...


Snow was discovered by a Jamaican-born DJ named Marvin Prince, while living in Ajax. The name Snow was given to him by Marvin Prince, which means "Super Notorious Outrageous Whiteboy". Marvin Prince took Snow to New York City and introduced him to MC Shan, who introduced them both to producer David Kenneth Eng and Steve Salem. Snow eventually signed a contract to record on their Motorjam/Elektra record label. His 1993 debut album was 12 Inches of Snow. MC Shan and Marvin Prince produced the entire album while Snow was imprisoned for a year on an assault charge. Upon his release from prison, Snow's first single "Informer" became a chart topping hit and spent seven consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Shawn Moltke is an American rapper who uses the stage name MC Shan. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... See also: 1993 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1993 Record labels established in 1993 // Date Unknown- Christian Rock label Tooth and Nail Records is formed. ... A debut album is the first released music album by an artist or a band. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... 12 Inches of Snow is the debut album by Canadian reggae musician Snow, released in 1993 (see 1993 in music). ... Informer is a 1993 single by Canadian reggae musician Snow from his debut album 12 Inches of Snow. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ...


In 1995, Marvin Prince departed from Snow, and MC Shan worked on Snow's second album, Murder Love, which also featured production work by Junior Reid, Hurby "LuvBug" Azor, and others, as well as guest appearances by Junior Reid, Ninjaman, HalfPint and others. Junior Reidis a Jamaican reggae singer that is best known as the man that released the hit song One Blood as well as being the man that replaced Michael Rose as lead vocalist with Black Uhuru. ... Hurby Luv Bug Azor is the producer responsible for discovering the successful female rap duo Salt N Pepa. ... Junior Reidis a Jamaican reggae singer that is best known as the man that released the hit song One Blood as well as being the man that replaced Michael Rose as lead vocalist with Black Uhuru. ... Ninjaman AKA Don Gorgon(born Desmond John Ballentine on January 20, 1966, in Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica) was a popular dancehall DJ during the late 80s and early 90s. ...


Although Snow's subsequent albums performed poorly after Marvin Prince's departure, except in Japan and Jamaica, he returned to the Canadian pop charts in 2000 with "Everybody Wants to Be Like You", and again in 2002 with "Legal", and is working on a new album with Red Zone and Trackmasters due out in 2007. See also: 2000 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2000 Record labels established in 2000 // John Tavener is knighted in the New Years Honours List. ... See also: 2002 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2002 Record labels established in 2002 // 2002 was marked by significant trends in rock music. ... Trackmasters Entertainment is a successful record production company, run by Jean-Claude Poke Olive and Samuel Tone Barnes. ...


Nominated for nine Juno Awards, his one win was in 1994, the Best Reggae Recording for "Informer".[1] The Juno Awards are awards of achievement presented to Canadian musical artists and bands. ... The Juno Awards of 1994, representing Canadian music industry achievements of the previous year, were awarded on 20 March 1994 in Toronto at a ceremony in the OKeefe Centre. ... // Winnners Best Reggae/Calypso Recording (1985 - 1991) 1985 - Liberty Silver & Otis Gayle, Heaven Must Have Sent You 1986 - Lillian Allen, Revolutionary Tea Party 1987 - Leroy Sibbles, Mean While 1989 - Lillian Allen, Conditions Critical 1990 - Sattalites, Too Late To Turn Back Now 1991 - Jayson & Friends, Soldiers We Are All Best World...


Discography

12 Inches of Snow is the debut album by Canadian reggae musician Snow, released in 1993 (see 1993 in music). ... Murder Love was Snows sophomore album that was supposed to be the follow-up to his first album 12 Inches of Snow, and his infectious single Informer, but became a major faliure for Snow and his record label East West Records. ... Justuss is Canadian reggae musician Snows third effort album, released in 1997 after his sophomore underwhelming slump Murder Love, but no hit singles could rival the success of Informer, from his debut. ... Cooler Conditions is an album by Canadian reggae musician Snow. ... Mind on the Moon is an album by Canadian reggae musician Snow, released in 2000. ... This is Snows fifth album after his pop album Mind on the Moon made his short comeback on the Canadian pop charts in 2000. ...

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