Annicia Banks: Up Front


with Annicia Banks who discusses her music, new EP “Up Front, as well as her world travels and cooking. Listen to her interview here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on or

Annicia Banks is a reggae singer-songwriter from Kingston, Jamaica. She has toured the Caribbean, United States, Asia, Africa, and Europe, using the dulcet tones of her voice to provide background support for internationally acclaimed reggae artists Judy Mowatt (of I-Threes fame), Bunny Wailer (original member of The Wailers), Sister Carol, and the legendary “Crown Prince of Reggae” Dennis Emmanuel Brown.

Her new EP “Up Front” introduces original songs, including a collaboration with the late and legendary Bob Andy, and as the first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser.

With influences including Bob Marley, Bob Andy, Judy Mowatt, Aretha Franklin, and The Clark Sisters, Annicia has provided background harmonies at countless recording sessions. She can be heard supporting a who’s who list of reggae greats on a variety of classic tracks, including her cover versions of “Thank You Lord” by Curtis Mayfield and “This Love” by The Joy-Tones, which has become a staple at Jamaican parties to this day. Her all-female Light Of Love trio with Sharon Tucker and Joy Tulloch has performed all across Jamaica, thrilling audiences with the sound of their euphonious voices at numerous concerts and shows. She was also one of the lead singers for the 12 Tribes of Israel band.

Annicia showcases a treasure trove of talent with the release of her long-anticipated solo effort “Up Front” EP on the Raw Vue Music label. Raw Vue is an independent label based in New York that supports emerging and established artists via recorded music, publishing, artist management, strategic brand development, and beyond. They were quick to recognize the Raw talent of Annicia Banks and are proud to put out this debut release!

Currently residing in Massachusetts, Annicia is also a mother, singer-songwriter, and world-class chef with a passion for driving long distances. Her favorite saying is “one day at a time,” and she exemplifies the sincere meaning of “patience surpasses learning.” The second of seven children born to Kenneth Banks and Vera Barrett in Kingston, Jamaica, at the age of eight she participated in school plays and talent shows while attending Holy Trinity Secondary School, which piqued her interest in singing. During her teenage years she participated in talent shows all across the island, where she was continually recognized by several top people in the music industry.


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