10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord Oh My Soul) 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord Oh My Soul) - Christafari

Clean Heart Clean Heart - Christafari

JIREH JIREH - Christafari

Wherever Your Treasure is Wherever Your Treasure is - Christafari

Way Maker - Sinach Reggae Cover Way Maker - Sinach Reggae Cover - Christafari

Atanikomboa (He Will Deliver Me) Atanikomboa (He Will Deliver Me) - Christafari

Hosanna Hosanna - Christafari

The Blessing The Blessing - Christafari

Good Good Father Reggae Version Good Good Father Reggae Version - Christafari

I Thank You I Thank You - Christafari - Avion Blackman

Original Love Original Love - Christafari

Here I am To Worship Reggae Version Here I am To Worship Reggae Version - Christafari

Reckless Love - Reggae Version Reckless Love - Reggae Version - Christafari

Outsiders Outsiders - Christafari

Fire Fire - Christafari

One Thing Remains One Thing Remains - Christafari

You Are Loved You Are Loved - Christafari - Avion Blackman

Love Supreme Love Supreme - Christafari

Fisherman Fisherman - Christafari

What A Beautiful Name What A Beautiful Name - Christafari

Our God Our God - Christafari

Lock And Step Lock And Step - Christafari - Nikita Carter

The First Noel The First Noel - Christafari

The Love Of  Jah The Love Of Jah - Christafari

You Say You Say - Christafari - Avion Blackman

Amazing Grace Amazing Grace - Christafari

He Reigns He Reigns - Christafari

Your Beauty Chase Me Your Beauty Chase Me - Christafari

Pandemic (Covid-19 Quarantine Anthem) Pandemic (Covid-19 Quarantine Anthem) - Christafari

Revelation Song Revelation Song - Christafari

Surely Goodness Surely Goodness - Christafari

Know You More Know You More - Christafari

He is Greater Than I He is Greater Than I - Christafari

Lord You Are Good Lord You Are Good - Christafari

Medicine For The World Medicine For The World - Christafari

Moment To Pray Moment To Pray - Christafari

IMIGONGO IMIGONGO - Christafari - Faith Mussa

Four Corners Four Corners - Christafari

His Blood His Blood - Christafari

You Are Loved You Are Loved - Christafari

All Things All Things - Christafari

Asante Sana Asante Sana - Christafari - TuneDem Band

Reason For The Season Reason For The Season - Christafari

DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS - Christafari

99 for 1 99 for 1 - Christafari

Christ is Risen Christ is Risen - Christafari

Valley Of Decision Valley Of Decision - Christafari

Super Spreader Super Spreader - Christafari

So Will I (100 Billion X) Cover So Will I (100 Billion X) Cover - Christafari - Avion Blackman

Beleza Beleza - Christafari

Kokopo Kokopo - Christafari

Do You Hear What I Hear Do You Hear What I Hear - Christafari

Deck of Halls Deck of Halls - Christafari

Trailblazers Trailblazers - Christafari - Nikita Carter

The Son Has Come The Son Has Come - Christafari

Jingle Bells Jingle Bells - Christafari

Devotion Devotion - Christafari

Why You Ago Look? Why You Ago Look? - Christafari

Steppin' Outa Babylon Steppin' Outa Babylon - Christafari

Take Me Higher Take Me Higher - Christafari - Avion Blackman

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Avion Claudette Trudy Henrietta Blackman (born 30 January 1976) is a Trinidadian reggae recording artist, and the wife of Christafari front man Mark Mohr. She has produced three solo albums, as well as providing vocals and bass guitar for Christafari since 2003.

Early life

Blackman was born in San Fernando, Trinidad, the daughter of famed calypsonian, Lord Shorty. Her father invented Soca music (The Soul of Calypso) and later changed his name to Ras Shorty I and created Jamoo music. When Blackman was at the age of four, a spiritual quest prompted her father to move the entire family into the forests of Trinidad endeavoring to create a simpler and more humble lifestyle for him and his family.The next twenty years of her life were spent living in the forest, seven miles from the village of Piparo, where she was home-schooled along with her 24 brothers and sisters. The family lived a lifestyle of simplicity, with no electricity or plumbing, and growing most of what they ate off the land they were living on.

Starting in music

Because of her father's musical connections and roots, music was always a big part of Blackman's life. Even at the age of four she was singing in front of large crowds. When they all moved to the jungle, the entire family was involved in playing instruments and singing in Ras Shorty I's band The Love Circle and would perform regular concerts, tour the Island, perform for visitors and do regular television appearances. At the age of 14 she started playing bass for the family's band "The Love Circle" and made her first solo recordings, "Oh Why" and "So Free", for their Children of the Jamoo Journey album.

Christafari

In 2002, while she was teaching a seminar in Trinidad, Blackman met Christafari founder, Mark Mohr and 18 months later they were married in Los Angeles. By this point Blackman had begun to play bass and provide vocals for the band, lending her voice to the songs "Hiding Place" and "My Sustenance" for the album Gravity. She has been an integral part of the band since then, involved with all their subsequent albums and tours.

Solo career

Onyinye

It was during the recording of the Christafari children's album Reggae Sunday School, that the idea of a solo album was first pitched by husband Mark and despite her initial reluctance, Blackman's debut album Onyinye was released later that year (2005). The album was released to critical acclaim and at the 2006 Marlin awards the album was given top honors, being declared the album of the year, as well as winning in the Contemporary Female Vocal Performance category, (for the song "Marvelous Beauty"). She was the first non-Jamaican to receive the award.

Sweet Life

In 2008, the follow-up album, Sweet Life, was released, showing a move towards more reggae roots. The song "Yeshua" was a favorite and to this day Christafari will often close their concerts with this song. She picked up another Marlin award for the song "Sweet Life".

Third World girl

In 2011 work began on Blackman's third album, with a month-long trip to Hawaii and an expressed wish to "write and record a new song every day". Initially recording was going to be demo sessions only but instead turned into a full recording session and at the end of the month a full album had been created and even a music video for the title track had been filmed among the jungles and waterfalls of Hawaii. Themes on the album include healing and relationships.

Other collaborations

As well as her solo work and involvement with Christafari, Blackman has also contributed to various collaborations including working on albums by Sherwin Gardner and band-mate Jennifer Howland. She has also recorded around a dozen unreleased songs for ABC television, with placements in TV shows such as General Hospital, All My Children and One Life to Live.

Discography

Solo

Onyinye (2005) Sweet Life (2008) Third World Girl (2011) "Greatest Hits" (2013)

Other work

The Love Circle, Watch Out My Children, Jamoo GoodNews Ltd. (1989) The Love Circle, Children of the Jamoo Journey, Jamoo GoodNews Ltd. (1999) The Love Circle, Jamoo Victory, Jamoo GoodNews Ltd. (1999) Various Artists, Trinidad World Music, Rituals Music (2000) The Love Circle, Home Grown, Jamoo GoodNews Ltd. (2003) Various Artists, The Gathering: Trinidad & Tobago, Lion of Zion Ent. (2004) Geneman, Long Time (Background Vocals) (2010) Reggae Revolution Mixtape, Various (2010) Jennifer Howland, Daughter of the King (2010) Sherwin Gardner, Relentless (2011) Reggae Revolution 2, Christafari and Friends (2012) Solomon Jabby, "Rocksteady" (2012)

References

Albums & Songs

Original Love Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Your House (feat. Avion Blackman) - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Dubs of Fire Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Hearts of Fire Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Dub Worship: Echoes of Mercy Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Anthems (Deluxe) Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Anthems Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Reggae Revolution Mixtape 3 Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
I'll Fight - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Agente De Cambio (feat. Christafari) - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Oceans - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Here I Am to Worship (Maxi Single) - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Reggae Christmas Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Hosanna (Maxi Single) - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Reggae Worship - A Roots Revival Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Reggae Revolution 2 Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Majestic Heights in Dub Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Reggae Worship, Vol. 1 Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
No Compromise Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
To the Foundation Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Reggae Sunday School for Kids Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Reggae Sunday School Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Gravitational Dub (Destination: Dub Central Station) Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Gravity Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Reggae Worship: The First Fruits of Christafari Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Palabra Sonido Y Poder Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Reggae De Redención Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Dub Sound and Power Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Word Sound and Power Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Valley of Decision Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Soulfire Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes