BIOGRAPHY

MIGHTY MYSTIC

The New Voice In Reggae
Since the Reign of the late great Bob Marley, Reggae music has crossed the seven seas and touched the four corners of the world. It has inspired millions while giving birth to a new and exciting way of modern musical life. It is this refreshing sound that Reggae sensation Mighty Mystic has captured in a most remarkable way. Born Kevin Mark Holness in 1980, to Morris and Sonia Holness in the Country side of St Elizabeth, Jamaica. As a boy Mighty Mystic showed great interest in his island’s music. You could often hear him singing the popular tunes of those days while working on his father’s farm, says a family member. It wasn’t until the separation of his parents, and a far move to the states (Boston Ma) in 1988 that fueled the musical passion in the young Mighty Mystic. After a streak of several small releases, Mighty Mystic got his break in 2003 when he teamed up with Reggae Superstars Tanto Metro and Devonte to release Mighty Mystic’s first National single titled “Been So Long”. This single received great reviews, was featured on 50+ charts, got hundreds of radio spins and got Mighty Mystic his first taste of national attention that he deserved. He continued with his hard working mentality and followed up in 2004 with the release of “Black People Anthem” along with a popular music video. “Black People Anthem” had a message for the world to hear, and hear they did. The single shot up to #2 on the Jamaican charts made Mighty Mystic an artist worth following. Mighty Mystic spent the rest of 2004 recording for VP Records Riddim Driven Series, while traveling on his first national road tour. His achievements that year were crystallized when Jamaican news magazine, The X-News dubbed him “The Simmering Volcano who is about to explode.” One after the other he began recording and releasing music, devoting most of his time to keep up with the fast demands of his fans. Mighty Mystic’s constant hard work paid off when in 2005 he joined forces with New England’s famed Split2nd Entertainment to begin the early stages of his debut album “Wake up the World”. Since the 2005 signing, Mighty Mystic has released the 2 biggest singles of his career, “Treat her Right” and “Riding on the Clouds”. Both tracks have received high acclaim from the press, radio and the streets. The ground breaking single “Riding on the Clouds” was talked about internationally and is still a favorite amongst Reggae lovers. His advancements did not go unnoticed and in June 2006 Mighty Mystic performed at Boston’s Summer Jam along side the great Mary J Blige, and Sean Paul to name a few. Split2nd Entertainment also released Volumes 1 & 2 of the “Wake up the World” Mix tapes, which combined, feature over 100 tracks! On December 8, 2006 Mighty Mystic won the prestigious Joe Higgs “Cool Operator” Rising Star Award. Joe Higgs was influential in launching the career of the late great Bob Marley. In addition, he also took home the “Best new Artist” Award at the Stars of Boston Award show. Mighty Mystic say’s “his rising popularity is due partly to the exciting performance which he and his band deliver at their concerts”. He added, “Whenever you prove to your listeners what your worth, it’s then that they become more than listeners and become your true fans”. 2007 was a big year for Mighty Mystic when he released his popular single “Better Times” featuring his brother Stephen Thunder. It quickly rose to #1 on WERS 88.9 and was the most requested song on the station. It also received mixshow spins on JAMN 94.5 and was charted on national college radio. He also recorded two very popular remixes, one to T.I.s “What They Know” titled “Can’t Pull Me Down” which quickly became a DJ favorite, and another on the “Red Humma Riddm” tiled “2 The Top”. Mighty Mystic and producer Mike Cip have finished the Debut album “Wake up the World” and are geared to release by the summer of 2008! The album can be summed up with one word, Universal! “My aim on this album is to draw from all facets and different walks of life to create something timeless”. “Music is life and life is very broad, so I have to design something that can suit all people”. -MightyMystic

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waking up the world
PRESS
"Boston music fans often argue about which local rapper will break big out of Beantown. But there's little doubt which reggae singer will explode beyond New England. His name is Mighty Mystic. - Chris Faraone (Boston Herald - 2006) "This talented reggae artist comes on board with his own brand of dancehall and culture/roots reggae vibe, blended with an energetic and charismatic style that's reflected both in his stage appearances, and, in the booth where he's turned out several popular releases." Walter Greene (Caribbean News - 2005) "The Mighty Mighty Bosstones isn't the only act that's Mighty in Boston." - Meredith Goldstein (Boston Globe - 2008)
Marc Smith

awards
→ Won Artist of the year 2006 at the stars of Boston Awards. → Recognized for a Joe Higgs Music Award in the “Best Performer” category. Joe Higgs was a Reggae pioneer instrumental in launching the career of the late great Bob Marley. → Won the “Rising Star” Award at the Joe Higgs Music Awards 2006.

"Mighty Mystic, who embarked on his musical career in the late 90s, has been hailed as a reggae artist set to fly high." - Kimberly Geronimo (Somerville News - 2008) "Just when you thought there might not be an up-lifting message in today’s songs as there once was, particularly during Bob Marley’s time, Mighty Mystic delivers the antidote." - Sonja Todorovich (WERS 88.9 - 2007) "Mystic’s place in the reggae scene is poised to continue its successful expansion, and to blow up full scale."- Isabelle Davis (WERS 88.9 - 2006) "Watch out for this simmering volcano who is about to erupt and there is no stopping him." - X-News 2006

PERFORMANCES
Fat Joe & Tanto Metro and Devonte (The Portland Expo- Maine) Bad Boy Family - (Club Pyramid- Connecticut) Beenie Man - (Avalon Ballroom - Boston, MA) Myspace Secret Party - Method Man & Mighty Mystic Concert - (Axis - Boston, MA) Tony Matterhorn - (Club Lidos - Revere, MA) Buju Banton, Toots & Maytals, Elephant Man, Dean Fraser, Luciano, Mighty Mystic Concert - (Suffolk Downs, Revere MA ) Baby Cham (Club Lido's - Revere, MA) Get Familiar Concert - Vybes Kartel, Wayne Marshall, T.O.K. (Club Lido's - Revere, MA) Teen Empowerment Conference (West Roxbury Community College) Marlon Asher Concert(Kay's Oasis- Dorchester, MA) Unite The People Concert - All Star Cast (Jamaica 2007) Wayne Wonder - (Taboo, Revere, MA) Capleton Concert - (Sneaky Petes - Albany, NY) The Clipse- (The Diplomat - Saugus, MA) Mr Vegas - (Envy Nightclub - Manchester, NH) Barrington Levy Concert (Sugarloaf Resort, Maine) SummerJam (Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA) Mr Easy & Mighty Mystic Concert (Voodoo, Worcester, MA) 112 Concert (Worcester Palladium - Worcester, MA) Wake Up The World Concert - (Paradise Lounge - Boston, MA) Beenie Man Concert (The Roxy, Boston, MA)
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DISCOGRAPHY
Mighty Mystic Releases
2007 Single: “Firetown” 12” Single Nationwide Riddim Driven “Check It Back”: Featuring track titled “Make It Last (Bump Bump) X-Mix Urban Radio Acive Series September 2003 Featuring The Song “Been So Long” Feat. Tanto Metro & Devonte X-Mix Urban Series Vol. 67 - 2003 Featuring Remix with Elephant Man

Official Mighty Mystic Mixtape 2006 Full length Mixtape album Titled: “Wake Up The World Vol. 2”

World Wide 2004 Greensleeves Release “Red Alert” riddim Track titled “Red Alert” Featured on ‘45

2006 Single: “Ridings On Clouds” 12” Single Nationwide +Music Video

Split2nd Entertainment 2004 Jamaica Single Releases: “Off Da Dro” with riddim “Black People Anthem” with riddim Music Video release of Black People Anthem and song appeared on Top 10 Charts. Split2nd Entertainment 2003 National US Single Release “Been So Long” Feat Tanto Metro & Devonte

RPM E-mix Show Series 2003 Featuring Track Titled: “Been So Long Remix” Feat. Tanto Metro & Devonte

National US Single Campaign 2005 Treat Her Right “12 Vinyl

DJ Buddha Nationwide Mixtape Series: Featured On: Tropical Heat vol. 1 10 Carribean Connection Vol. 2

Official Mighty Mystic Mixtape 2005 Full length Mixtape album featuring: 51 tracks

Corner Stone Mixtape / Music Meeting May ‘05 #72

Jewelse Entertainment/Label One National US 2002 Single Release: “Roll Wit Me”

National Reggae Series: Dancehall Devastation Vol. 4 2000 Featuring Track titled “Put Up unno Hand” CMJ Certain Damage 2002 Radio/in Store CD Release Featuring Track Titled: “Gimme De Woman” and “Friends”

Worldwide 2004 VP Records Riddim Releases: Riddim Driven “All Out”: Featuring track titled “Fire In Your Eyes”

Music Video for Roll With Me First Exposure US CD Single

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Mike Cip

For the past decade Boston based music producer Mike Cip has been carefully developing his craft. With several noted tracks on the streets, a major Reggae Riddim (Attack Dem riddim), and a popular track on the new album by Hit recording artist Pitbull under his belt “Blood Is Thicker Than Water” - Cip is known in the industry as one of New England most sought after producers. As part owner of Split2nd Entertainment, New England's most recognizable full-scale independent label, his production and recording facility has welcomed the likes of D-Block, Pitbull, Beenie Man, T.O.K, Nina Sky, Mighty Mystic, Wispers, Bounty Killa, Grafh, Tanto Metro and Devonte, Vybz Cartel, T-Weaponz, and many others. With his skill and professionalism, Cip is rapidly gaining attention from both the music and film industry alike.
Marc Smith

The Band
Cip’s journey began at the rebellious age of fifteen. He credits his love of Hip Hop for saving him from the streets and changing the direction of his life. Starting out as a mixtape DJ, he taught himself the basic functions of producing and began recording with local talents; helping others develop their artistic potential and becoming one of the most influential producers in the area. Together, Cip and his label partner DJ Master Millions, are building an empire of talent consisting of recording artist Mighty Mystic, and a talented roster of DJ’s- DJ Roy Barboza (Big Dawg Pitbull), DJ Hectik, DJ Lump, and Jamaican Soundsystem Renegade Sound. Cip continues to construct his musical empire and looks forward to opportunities that await in 2008 and beyond.

Ethan Pransky

Like many great men through the ages,

Marc Smith began his life in a modest fashion
with little outward indication of the creatively gifted enigma that would emerge from the cocoon of middle class urban Massachusetts’s life. Even as a young boy Marc began to recognize special talents and skills that set him apart from other children. He heard the cries of the weak and the uttering of the ignorant and knew that the world called to him, pleading with his young uncertain soul to bring justice to the masses. Their voices echoed through his mind, begging him to be their hero, their leader, their champion. Whether though music, political discourse or his knowledge of fine scotch (and with the modesty of a man much less talented) Marc enduringly questions the innate, challenges the stagnant and defends all people’s right to democratic liberties. Plus he plays a mean bass line.
Stephen Thunder

Stephen Thunder is a fire hot rhythm guitarist who brings a unique style to the forefront of popular reggae music. His soulful and gritty singing style commands attention. With a superb lyrical ability Thunder brings a level of consciousness that is lacking in most modern music. Thunder brings a delicious plate of reggae, soul and gospel sautéed just right and topped with a glass of the finest grove. His inspiration ranges from Bob Marley and James Brown to Led Zeppelin and the Soul Stirrers. You can find Thunder singing on such tracks as Better Times, and blazing the one drop on Mighty Mystics Riding On The Clouds.

Ethan Pransky was born with silver drumsticks in his hand. He knew at a very early age that all he wanted to do was bang on a drum all day. He nagged his parents incessantly, until they finally caved and bought him his first drums at age 10. Since then, drumming and rhythm have become an obsession for Ethan. When he wasn’t allowed to play drums in his house, he found anyone and everyone that would let him play drums at their place-most notably Joe’s Drum Shop in Beverly, MA, where he took lessons for several years. Throughout the years, Ethan has played with several local bands in the Boston area, as well as established Jazz and Classical ensembles. He currently holds down the rhythm section for Mighty Mystic, bangin’ reggae like none other.

the strings of Thunder
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