Grammy-winning musician/actor/singer/songwriter/ producer Jimmy Cliff‘s new release Sacred Fire EP is currently #1 on the Billboard and iTunes Reggae Charts. Produced by Tim Armstrong (Operation Ivy, Rancid, The Transplants), Sacred Fire EP features a collection of originals and covers and will serve as a pre-cursor to a new full-length album due in April 2012.
Cliff is the only living musician to receive Jamaica’s Order of Merit, the country’s highest honor for achievement in the arts and sciences. In 2007, he was also honored with a doctorate from The University of the West Indies. In a career that spans nearly fifty years, he has sold more than twenty million albums, with over twenty-five releases to his credit. He has appeared in several films, including, most notably, The Harder They Come, whose impact on reggae and pop music in general can scarcely be overstated. He has collaborated with countless other legends including The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Joe Strummer and Annie Lennox. Bob Dylan has called Cliff’s “Vietnam” the best protest song he ever heard, and a short list of artists who have covered Cliff’s compositions ranges from Willie Nelson and Cher, to New Order and Fiona Apple. In 2010, Cliff was one of six artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cliff will spend the rest of the year touring Europe and putting the final touches on his forthcoming full-length due out for release in April 2012.
On December 3rd, Cliff will headline The Orpheum in Los Angeles for KCRW’s Are Friends Eclectic benefit show.