Legendary reggae artist, Toots and the Maytals, announced today representation by United Talent Agency (UTA) and a major 2018 summer tour throughout the U.S. and Canada. The tour hits major cities and festivals, most notably: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, DC World Reggae Festival, LOCKN’ and Kaya Fest.
Toots Hibbert is one of the true and rightful architects of reggae music – so much so that “Do the Reggae,” a 1968 single by Toots and his group, The Maytals, is credited with giving the genre its name. Classic songs written and recorded by Toots and the Maytals have been covered by the likes of The Clash, Amy Winehouse, Sublime, Pitbull, and Jay-Z – and the group was featured in reggae’s greatest breakthrough event – “The Harder They Come,” the 1972 film that became an international sensation.
Toots’ highly-successful 2004 album, TRUE LOVE, featured all-star guests ranging from legends like Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt to next generation stars including No Doubt, The Roots and Phish’s Trey Anastasio. The caliber of these collaborators revealed the impact that Toots had on generations of rockers and rappers, while appearances from reggae icons Bunny Wailer and Marcia Griffiths showed the respect granted to the man who might be music’s greatest living vocalist. And at the heart of it all is that voice – drenched in soul, rooted in gospel, and still breathtakingly powerful after almost four decades in the spotlight.
Toots recently signed with UTA for representation in all areas, with the agency playing an integral role in booking the tour.
Toots is currently hard at work on new music, having already recorded more than two albums worth of material. Expect to see something exciting very soon.