ABOUT THE ARTIST
A singer/songwriter and reggae artist known for his pop-alternative influenced music and vividly bold, crisp style. The Jamaican born performer, popularly known as AL THIRD has a rhythmic style of music infused with pop, ballads, R&B and alternative vocals nicely laid on contemporary reggae and world-beats. He prides himself in the creation of a unique sound of music complemented by soulful lyrics that resonates with diverse fanbases and listeners.
Born Alpheus Johnson, AL THIRD was raised in the city of Kingston – a melting pot of cultural icons and a nursery for Jamaican musical legends such as Bob Marley, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Popcaan. He developed an eye and ear for music when he was a 10 years old high school student touring Kingston with his school choir. AL THIRD’s role models were singers like Wayne Wonder, Freddie McGregor, Sanchez, and Michael Jackson. Following the lead of such vocal trailblazers, the talented singer formed a boy band called One Third which went on to win the Digicel's Rising Star in 2006 (Jamaican equivalent of American Idol). This win spring-boarded both his band and solo career into music. He has since then graced many stages such as New York’s Irie Jamboree, Miami Jerk Festival, Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, Red Rose for Gregory, Peter Tosh's Tribute, Jazz in the Gardens and Fireworks on the Waterfront.
AL THIRD’s songwriting skills began to bud in 2011, out of which “Nothing But Love” his freshman single arose. This was co-produced by the Young Veterans. He went on to pen songs such as “Got to Know” produced by Stoneage Production — “I Fret” written and produced by himself and “For Tonight” produced by Nubeat Entertainment. He has since co-produced on his debut EP entitled “Endless Possibilities” in 2017 which lead with the song “Lone Face” that remarkably made it to the 2019 semi finals of the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) and was also used as a soundtrack for the Jamaican local series "Ring Games". His latest release includes songs such as “My Everything” and “Live It Up” both also self produced.
On his travels, AL THIRD has shared the stage with great reggae acts like Beenie Man, Sanchez, Third World, American acts such as Bobby Kimball formerly of Toto and Chaka Khan and many more. When AL THIRD is not on the main stage at music festivals he can be found thrilling folks at small, live music venues with his acoustic guitar and soulful voice.