Versatile singer/songwriter/producer Ronald Junior Fritz (aka RRandy Valentine) hails from the countrysides of Clarendon in Jamaica. As a child growing up he was heavily influenced by his fathers love for music. This was expressed mostly via a sound system that his father owned called Shining Star Sound.
Randy Valentine started off his music career in 2005 (2 years after emigrating with his family to the UK) as a local DJ. He used to perform in clubs in and out of London. This led to him working for two years on an online Radio Station SWITCH 106 where he went by the moniker DJ Kwes.
In 2008, he started producing with the London-based J.O.A.T production team. This came after meeting Kevin Ababio in the corridors of the hospital that he was working in at the time. Several years later (in 2010) they met and joined forces with Gary “Riga” Burke (Management) from the swiss based independent label Hemp Higher Productions. The plan was to focus more on RV’s vocal talents and potential career as an artist.
Randy Valentine’s career has been growing from strength to strength since the release of his debut mixtape. “Bring Back the Love” was released in 2012 where. He sang over 13 tracks. All built upon STUDIO ONE Riddims, such as “Stalag Riddim”, “Bobby Babylon Riddim”, “Lecturer Riddim” and more. Since then, it has been described by some to be a Reggae Classic.
The official “R-V-LUTION SUMMER TOUR 2013” was one of the biggest reggae tours for a debut reggae artist.
This saw him perform over 20 shows in more than 10 different European countries.
After the success of his first official EP “Break The Chain”, he confirmed his status as one of the leading young reggae artists. The project topped iTunes reggae sales charts in over 9 countries. He has been constantly travelling the world over the past few years.
His second EP “Still Pushing” (produced by Joe Ariwa, son of legendary Mad Professor) was released the following year in 2015. It went straight to the top of the iTunes reggae charts again. Confirming that Randy was not a passing sensation and was definitely here to stay.
2015 was also the year in which Randy started to explore different genres of music. This was when he featured on MAJOR LAZER’s EP: “Peace is the mission” (No1 on Billboard Dance / Electronic albums), and also collaborated on one of the most talked about musical projects of the year: WU TANG’s unique album copy of “Once upon a time in Shaolin”.
His latest project is a 19 track mixtape entitled “Radio Music” (which is similar in concept to his debut mixtape) recorded over a series of classic Hip Hop instrumentals mostly from the late 90’s (often considered one of the “golden ages” of Hip-Hop). When asked why he chose these specific instrumentals his answer was plain. ”They inspire me to inspire others”.
The rap tape was premiered to the world end of January on BBC 1xtra by Seani B.
The feedback from the mixtape (which is available for free download) has been astounding so far! Randy Valentine is currently in the studio preparing his debut album. He will be touring both the US and Europe the Summer of 2016!