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Miami Gardens, FL
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Portrait of BilliBlade

BilliBlade, born Linval Mcknight in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1979, has been recording and writing for several years. BilliBlade vocal styles and talent for writing is authentic and unique. His style is a blend of Reggae/Dancehall, R&B and Hip-hop.  He grew up in a poor family with three sisters and one older brother, in the then quiet town of Braeton phase 3 in the city of Portmore. His father owned a sound system (disco) in the early 70’s but by the time BilliBlade was born his mom had convinced his father to sell the sound system. Nevertheless music was already engraved in BilliBlade’s DNA and at a young age he started to pen down lyrics. He first started to be drawn to the boy band R&B genre of the day such as "Boys II Men, Jodeci and Shae, and began his first set of writings with this genre as well as singing on the street corners with friends. This all was kick started, however, when he heard a song, "one last cry", by Brian Mcknight, which at the time was a hit and when he found out this artist shares the same exact last name, this lighted a fire that is still burning in him today. He started out writing R&B type songs. This, at about the age of 12 or 13, shortly after however, BilliBlade turned to his own authentic and cultural genre of music, reggae/dancehall. This developed his ability to do both genres, but as he grew, his passion for reggae music took over and that became his focus. After a few years away from music because of College, work, family and with renewed focus and determination, he is on a mission to make his presence be known to the music world. Other influential artist are Bounty killer, Capleton, Buju Banton, Bob Marley, Jacob Miller, Dennis Brown, Sizzla, and Beres Hammond just to name a few.