Stone Tiger Entertainment Group was founded by entertainment attorney Jeanette Smith in 1999 with a mission to take reggae music from its niche market into the mainstream. The company operates on the premise that there is already a demand for reggae music and its message throughout the world and that a professional presentation built upon those existing markets will create a demand in mainstream markets as well. Jeanette Smith has represented such clients as Karl Pitterson, the legendary producer of Bob Marley and Steel Pulse fame; Richie Stephens, a versatile and well-known artist based in Kingston, Jamaica; Luciano, a 2002 Reggae Grammy nominee; and Freddie McGregor, the internationally known artist.
Stone Tiger has represented Jet Star Records, the well-known reggae label from the United Kingdom, in its marketing and promotional efforts in the United States with projects that included Luciano’s “Great Controversy,” Junior Kelly’s “Juvenile,” and Sizzla’s “Black History.” Additionally, Stone Tiger currently represents Mikey General of Jah Messenjah Productions/Qabalah First Music both in his promotional & distribution efforts for his new release entitled “Exalt Jah” and in his personal representation. Stone Tiger also personally represents Lehbanchuleh aka Norberth Clarke whose duo album with Sugar Black “Two O’Clock” is soon to be released by Beres Hammond’s Harmony House label. Stone Tiger will also be handling the promotions & distribution for Lehbanchuleh’s debut solo album from Banchu Muzik entitled “Claim the Joy.” Also, the company represents Admiral Tibet, Edi Fitzroy, Terry Ganzie, & Donald Manning of The Abyssinians – all distinguished artists in their own right. Stone Tiger will be working in conjunction with Humal Music in the UK in the US distribution & promotion of Admiral Tibet’s new album, “Determination.” Stone Tiger and the artists with whom the company works believe strongly in the music that they present and in giving back to charitable causes. Thus, both Mikey General & Lehbanchuleh are each giving a portion of the proceeds of their new releases to the Jamaican National Children’s Home in Kingston, Jamaica.
By concentrating only on reggae music, Stone Tiger has developed a wide network of contacts in both print media and radio. Stone Tiger has not limited itself to the traditional “reggae press,” but has expanded its circle of contacts throughout mainstream press as well, in order to capture that larger audience for its clients.
Jeanette, who is multilingual, is utilizing her own international background which has included study at the Norman Manley Law School in Kingston, Jamaica. In her previous capacity as the General Manager of Meditation Records, nominated for Label of the Year at the 1999 ReggaeSoca Music Awards, Jeanette gained considerable experience in the reggae marketplace. She was directly responsible for the marketing, promotion and distribution of Meditation’s products. Due to her efforts, Avaran, an artist exclusive to Meditation Records appeared on the Midem 2000 Caribbean Showcase in Cannes, France. Jeanette is looking to utilize Stone Tiger as a vehicle to propel reggae music to higher levels of recognition in the U.S. marketplace.
Stone Tiger has affiliated itself with such longtime industry individuals as Johnny Black of Raggamuffin Productions who is also associated with Reggae Nucleus, a California-based publication, and Diane Issachar, photographer for Rhythm Vibes Magazine, a Florida-based publication. Johnny handled promotions for Joe Higgs from 1988 thru 1994 and has worked with the Grammy-nominated Wailing Souls from 1990 through the present. He has been successfully affiliated with Raggamuffin Productions since 1989. Diane began her career in reggae under the tutelage of reggae archivist Roger Steffans on his “Reggae Beat” radio show in California. Her work has been used on numerous album covers, featured in many publications, and she has been the official photographer for many artists including touring with Black Uhuru. Diane has numerous contacts throughout the industry including many of the radio and print mediums.
The only constant in the music business is that it is always changing and Stone Tiger is prepared to help reggae music meet the challenges and changes necessary for it to prosper and grow in the coming years