Veteran reggae singer Judy Mowatt, who thrilled fans as part of the Marcia Griffiths & friends package at last summer’s Groovin’ In The Park concert in New York, has been invited to perform at the festival for the second consecutive year. Beres Hammond is the only artiste who has performed at the annual festival twice.
“Based on Sister Judy’s outstanding performance last year when she was a guest of Marcia Griffiths and numerous fan requests, we were compelled to extend an invitation to her to return to the Groovin’ stage to deliver a full length performance” Christopher Roberts, founder and CEO of Groovin’ In The Park said.
Mowatt will join Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter Michael Bolton, Billy Ocean, Morgan Heritage, Stitchie, Carleton Luciano and Cocoa Tea as confirmed acts at Groovin’ in The Park 2015 which unfolds at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, N.Y. on Sunday, June 28.
The revered singer rose to prominence in the 70’s as a member of the I-Threes (which included original members Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley) the backing vocalist for Bob Marley and The Wailers. She is the first female singer nominated for a Grammy Award in the reggae category for her “Working Wonders” album which was nominated in 1985. Her “Black Woman” album which was released in 1980 is considered one of the best reggae albums by a female artiste.
As a solo act, she is best known for songs such as “Many Are Called,” “Black Woman” and “I Shall Sing.”
In 1999, the Jamaican government awarded her the Order of Distinction for her contribution to Jamaica’s music industry.