“The strings and chains that once bounded I & I desire have been loosen and my utterances now set free…Jah alone”-Prophecy
Prophecy was born Rohan Alexander Brown on November 1, 1972, in Lyssons, St. Thomas, Jamaica. The singer’s professional career began when he first captured the public’s eye in 1998 at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Festival Song Competition. He successfully made the top 10 finals with the song “Higher Ground” and that is the direction his career has taken. His debut album titled “Break Loose” was shortlisted in the Reggae Category of the 2012 Grammy Nominations.
Prophecy is a devoted Rastafarian who lives and worships according to the principles and teachings of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I. His utterances promote righteousness and a positive outlook towards mankind. His musical style is impacted by roots reggae, rocksteady and dub music which are embedded at the roots of Jamaica’s music culture. Truly, it is no surprise that Prophecy’s musical influences and inspirations came from music legends Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Burning Spear who were the trail blazers for his generation. The singer is also an activist for change with a passion for the young and the less fortunate. He started a book initiative for school children in St. Thomas and he can often be seen feeding the homeless.
Prophecy travelled to South Africa in 2002 where he performed at three H.I.V./A.I.D.S Awareness Concerts in Johannesburg, Durban and Soweto. While in South Africa, Prophecy stayed at Winnie Mandela’s home in Soweto; it was a profoundly moving experience which inspired him to write the song “Chance”. The song was later chosen by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) as a tribute to the late South African Reggae Ambassador Lucky Dube who passed away tragically.
Driven to succeed, Prophecy entered the Red Stripe IRIE FM Big Break Competition 2005 in Jamaica. Out of a total of 867 contestants, Prophecy won with his entry song “Don’t Come Tell I” (Too Little Love in This World). He went on to perform at Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest on International Night with international acts Akon and Ciara alongside Morgan Heritage, Luciano and Sanchez. Since then Prophecy has been performing on Sting, Rebel Salute, East Fest, St. Mary Mi Come From, Western Consciousness and Reggae Sumfest.
Prophecy’s Debut album titled Break Loose which was released in November 2011, was hailed as one of the best albums of the year. The songs reflect some of the core aspects of the Jamaican society, including the struggles and injustices with a view of love and hope for mankind. The album had three (3) number 1 hits; “No Body Bags” held the # 1 spot for eight weeks in Jamaica, “Chance” was number 1 in Africa and “Party in Session” rocked in the # 1 spot in Italy. His Red Stripe Irie FM Big Break entry song “Don’t Come Tell I” also dominated the airwaves locally and internationally. His sophomore album A Free Man was released in February 2016 and it is available for purchase via digital download.