Snow Gets By With Help From A Little Friend

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Justuss & SnowJustuss and Snow sing together.During a recent performance at the second annual KISS 92.5 Fan’s Choice Awards, Canadian artist Snow was joined by a very special guest. Justuss, his seven-year-old daughter, appeared onstage and chimed in with her dad on his new single, ‘Legal’. The father-daughter duet was a hit among the young audience, even if one of them did steal the show.

‘She got a bigger response than I did,’ Snow admits. ‘When I got off the stage, people were like, ‘Good job!’ to her and they didn’t say nothing to me and I got all jealous and stuff. It was beautiful.’

Although best known for his 1993 reggae hit, ‘Informer’, Snow claims that he’s ‘not really a dancehall artist. I’ve always been known to mix it up.’ His latest album, Two Hands Clapping, is no exception; it incorporates many influences including R&B, pop and rap. Overall, however, the album finds Snow exploring dancehall reggae.

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Steve Salem Dies Of Cancer

Source: Tamei and, www.nytimes.com

Steve SalemSteve Salem died on January 29th at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y., after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 42.

Owner of Salem Entertainment, partner of Salem and Salem Consulting Inc, Salem and Eng (Motor Jam Records), and Ray and D.J. Publishing and who was Snow`s first management and acted as Executive Producer on five of Snow`s albums, 12 Inches of Snow, Murder Love, Justuss, Greatest Hits of Snow and Cooler Conditions.

Sources close to Snow, real name Darrin O`Brien have reported to be shocked by the news and have said it to be a sad loss.

Steve Salem will be buried at the Interment New Montefiore Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York, on the 31st January. He leaves a wife and three children.

Darrin O’Brien Is As Sober And Soft As A Snowflake

Source: Marcus Maleus, www.westerngazette.ca

SnowConsidering the inexplicable popularity of Snow’s breakthrough single ‘Informer’ in the early 90s, many thought it would be the beginning and end of commercial success for the rap/reggae musician from Scarborough, Ontario.

Snow, also known as Darrin O’Brien, spent his early days listening to reggae music and attempting to make out the often mumbled lyrics. Growing up in rough and tumble Scarborough gave him realistic inspiration for hard rap/reggae music. Despite this, he insists he never came out with any particularly negative music.

‘Informer,’ the catchy reggae tune riddled with, at times, un-decipherable lyrics, proved to be an astounding success in both Canada and the United States. The song made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records twice. Once, as the highest selling reggae single in United States history and again as the highest charting reggae single in United Kingdom history.

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After The Snow Falls

Source: Wes Smiderle, www.ottawacitizen.com

After three albums, one seven-year-old hit single, a stint in jail and a new daughter, Snow is eager to embark on a comeback.

The 31-year-old singer is promoting his fourth CD, Mind on the Moon, released earlier this month. Besides being his first new album in more than three years, the disc is also Snow’s debut effort with the EMI-Virgin label.

The new material showcases a noticeably lighter style presented by what is essentially a brand new Snow.

”This is my second chance,” says the singer, who developed his brand of reggae patter while growing up in the ”projects” of North York. ”Everything’s coming together … I’m in positive mode now.”

Although he insists he never considered himself a rapper, Snow established a reputation in the early ’90s for his rapid-fire, gangster-style performance. His first and only major hit was 1993’s Informer, a rap tune delivered in a reggae- style Jamaican patois.

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Snow Alert

Source: Mike Ross, jam.canoe.ca

Snow has never understood the ‘white rapper’ label he’s worn all these years. ‘I’ve never been a rapper,’ he says. ‘Eminem’s a rapper. I’m on the borderline. I’m not a reggae artist or a pop artist or a hip-hop artist. It’s just everything mixed.’

If there’s still any doubt, it should be banished with the release of Mind on the Moon. Snow is now a singer all the way. While there are traces of his reggae-rapping style, called ‘sing-J,’ he has a surprisingly high and airy singing voice, well suited to the album’s light pop sheen, marked mainly by (real) acoustic guitars. The artist known as Darrin O’Brien – an Irishman who got into reggae growing up in the ‘projects’ of North York, Ont. – didn’t plan to be a pop singer, but fans have embraced his new sound.

Everybody Wants To Be Like You is Snow’s first big hit since 1993’s Informer. It might as well be a different artist. Snow’s music isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Yes, this will be another one of those “bad-boy-gone-good” stories.

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