- courtesy of VP Records
We are saddened by the news of Reggae icon Denroy Morgan’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morgan family at this time.
Denroy Morgan’s association with the VP Records family began in the late 1990s with the signing of Morgan Heritage, the sibling group which Mr. Morgan managed. Over the years, we have released over 40 albums together and a new release, Denroy Morgan and The Black Eagles “Divine Destiny” is scheduled for release through VPAL Music distribution on April 22, 2022.
His career in music began in the late ’60s, playing reggae and rocksteady with a band called the Mad Creators after migrating to New York. By 1974, Morgan had co-founded the Black Eagles Band, whose original line-up released a handful of singles and the album Warning, in 1978.
Morgan’s breakthrough came in 1981 with the dancefloor smash “I’ll Do Anything for You,” an early fusion of R&B, rap, and reggae styles, which earned him a two album deal with RCA Records. A reggae version of the hit was later released as the lead single to his 1998 VP Records album Salvation. Theocracy Reign (2009), and Link Up To Ethiopia (2011) continued the association with the label.
Morgan’s legacy may best be cited through the lives and careers of his 30 children, which include the sibling musical groups Morgan Heritage and LMS. whom he managed and performed with for many years. More recently he established his own Abrahamic Covenant Family Ministry, in association with Hilltop Tabernacle in Port Morant, St Thomas. Morgan was 76.
“We’ve been blessed to have a long business relationship with this one-of-a-kind individual and feel great sadness for the family,” said VP Records President Randy Chin “he will be remembered.”