With a career spanning nearly five decades and appearances on over 700 tracks, Mikey General is one of reggae’s best-loved artists. British-born Michael Taylor moved to Jamaica at the age of two and his high tenor voice has all the warmth of his Caribbean upbringing singing in school and church choirs. Releasing his first single, Roots Mi Roots in 1980, Mikey returned to the UK in 1982 and began working with top soundsystems including Viking, Saxon and Coxsone and recorded songs for Levi Roots, Blacka Dread and Sugar Minot’s Black Roots label. His first single in the UK was a cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Wanna Be Starting Something’ and was followed up by Kuffn Dem and Dancehall Vibes on the Dub Vendor label.
In 1985 Mikey was voted best new artist by Echoes Magazine and in 1992 he moved to Jamaica and became of the Firehouse Crew recording for Phillip ‘Fattis’ Burrell’s Exterminator label alongside Luciano, Shadowman, Dean Fraser and Sizzla. He continued recording and touring with Luciano, the pair establishing Jahmessenjah Productions in 1999. His albums include Sinners, African Story African Glory, I’m Just A Eastman and Spiritual Revolution.
Now one of the UK reggae scene’s elder statesman, Mikey has continued to record and perform and is currently experiencing a mini renaissance. He has been working with Bournemouth’s Karnatone label, releasing Chariots and Horses late last year and released his 13th studio album, Tewahedo, in February 2018 on the Irie Sounds International label.